Stantec and KPMB to renovate SickKids campus

The 10+ year project will include replacing two of the oldest buildings on the campus with a new acute care hospital.

The joint venture of Stantec and KPMB Architects is providing architectural design services for the planning phase of The Hospital for Sick Children’s (SickKids) ten-plus year campus redevelopment, Project Horizon.

The three-phase project will include replacing two of the oldest buildings on the campus with a new acute care hospital, the Peter Gilgan Family Patient Care Tower.

The tower will add new patient and critical care beds to the hospital, increasing the number of beds to 430, including a new Level IV neonatal intensive care unit. Three additional operating suites, for a total of 19, will be adapted to accommodate new technologies and procedures, and a new emergency department will offer 51 treatment spaces, 12 more than the current capacity.

Rendering courtesy of Stantec


The vision for the project includes a central courtyard garden, playgrounds and communal spaces with access to the outdoors and views of the city skyline, and welcoming entrances as well as generous light-filled corridors that support the intuitive flow of people and services.

To ensure the SickKids campus remains fully functional during the construction of the tower, the Stantec/KPMB team is also designing a series of projects in the remaining facilities to accommodate relocated programs, help support patient care and experience, and upgrade the site and building infrastructure.

“Our team at Stantec has a rich history with SickKids, having provided ongoing design services for more than 20 years. Many of us have had personal experience with SickKids, and it’s an honour to help the hospital transform its iconic healthcare campus to help our families, neighbours, and friends access the world-class care SickKids delivers every day,” said Tim Eastwood, principal at Stantec.

“Such scale, complexity, and such a global vision […] make Project Horizon an ideal project of architecture and urban design in this unprecedented time,” said Mitchell Hall, a partner at KPMB Architects. “It is a privilege to be working with SickKids on how architectural design can play a role in redefining traditional acute care service models and the integration of precision medicine, while ensuring maximum operational efficiency and effectiveness.”