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SickKids – Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning

Located on a constricted downtown site in Toronto’s Discovery District, the 21-storey facility consolidates SickKids' research programs, bringing 2,000 staff together under one roof.

TORONTO, ON

Located on a constricted downtown site in Toronto’s Discovery District, the 21-storey facility consolidates SickKids' research programs, bringing 2,000 staff together under one roof.

Located at Bay and Elm Street and representing the largest high-rise research building in Canada, the 850,000 ft² facility contains research labs, learning and assembly spaces, meeting rooms, a tele-education room, a 250-seat auditorium, informal gathering areas, and two levels of associated underground parking. On the ground floor, retail and restaurant spaces serve both building tenants and the public.

Project led by Entuitive experts while employed at a previous firm.

Structural design included shoring and underpinning on all sides of the building to address the L-shaped site, and structural elements to support the feature curved glass wall and striking frontage for the centre along its Bay Street side.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

CLIENT

Hospital for Sick Children

ARCHITECT

Diamond Schmitt Architects

OUR ROLE(S)

Structural Engineering Consultant;
Building Envelope Consultant

SIZE

850,000 ft²

BUDGET

$300 M

MARKET (OFFICE)

TORONTO

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KEY CONSIDERATIONS

Challenge One

To incorporate a 250-seat lecture theatre in a multi-storey building, with minimum impact to adjacent building programs.

Solution One

The 250-seat auditorium was located in the low-rise podium to reduce transfer structure requirements. The transfer was achieved with a two-storey Vierendeel truss with no cross-bracing to maximize efficiency of the program space.

GALLERY

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