SickKids’ Patient Support Centre recently unveiled in Toronto

The SickKids’ Patient Support Centre, the first major step of Project Horizon, was recently unveiled in Toronto.

Patient Support Centre (Photo credit: SickKids)

The new Patient Support Centre, which is the first major step of Project Horizon, the Hospital for Sick Children’s (SickKids) multi-year campus transformation, was recently unveiled.

This marks the end of major construction activities for the new training, education, and administrative tower.

On September 28, 2023, PCL Construction and B+H Architects joined SickKids, SickKids Foundation, and partners to celebrate the milestone with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

“Seeing the PSC move from vision to reality is an exciting moment for Project Horizon – and for SickKids. We’re thrilled to be taking this first critical step in our campus redevelopment project with the completion of this education, training and administrative tower. With the PSC complete, we will be able to start moving approximately 3000 staff members over to the building, which enables us to start our many renovation projects on our way to a new hospital. Thank you to our partners for helping us reach this goal – and a big thank you to our staff, who contributed their time, energy and effort to not only help plan and design this building, but also to a future vision of SickKids,” said Kyle Robinson, Chief Redevelopment & Sustainable Facilities Officer, SickKids.

The 22-storey Patient Support Centre is home to the SickKids Learning Institute, which was designed with connectivity and community in mind, supports over 1,000 world-class trainees, students and learners on an annual basis. Additionally, the building includes a state-of-the-art Simulation Centre for hands-on teaching for clinicians, professionals, management and support staff.

“Completing construction on the Patient Support Centre and bringing the first phase of SickKids’ vision for Project Horizon to life has been an incredible feat by the hospital, all of the partners and the hundreds of tradespeople who contributed to this project,” said Monique Buckberger, vice president and district manager of PCL Toronto. “From preconstruction planning to final execution, this project truly demonstrates the power of collaboration and dedication and is an accomplishment that is something to be proud of.”

A workforce of roughly 300 tradespeople at the peak of construction influenced a safety culture that resulted in over 980,000 hours worked without a lost time injury (LTI). As a result, this milestone was achieved safely and on schedule.

“Now completed, the Patient Support Centre is a bold addition to Toronto’s urban fabric and the SickKids campus,” said Patrick Fejér, Project Design Lead and CEO of B+H. “The building’s undulating façade and blue ribbon staircase are entry points to an environment that tends to staff wellbeing, guided by the knowledge that patient care requires caring for staff.”

The Patient Support Centre has a strong focus on health and wellness for staff. As a result, the design integrates purpose-built healing and green features. These include a floor-to-ceiling glass façade and terraced green roofs.

The new building also aims to comply with Toronto’s Tier 3 and 4 Building Standards and achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification.

SickKids staff began to move into the PSC in October 2023. Move-ins will occur sequentially until June 2024.