The Patient Support Centre (PSC), a critical component in of The Hospital for Sick Children’s (SickKids) vision for the pediatric hospital of the future is one step closer to completion.

This week, PCL Constructors Canada Inc. (Toronto), SickKids and B+H Architects celebrated the topping off of the new PSC with a beam signing ceremony.  

“We are incredibly proud to be celebrating this monumental moment alongside SickKids, SickKids Foundation, our partners and the hundreds of tradespeople who have been integral in bringing this project to life,” says Monique Buckberger, vice president and district manager of PCL Toronto. “Topping off the Patient Support Centre is much more than a construction milestone. It is a representation of each team member’s personal connection to SickKids, as well as our shared passion and drive for delivering this impactful project for the community.”

The PSC will be a modern, wellness-focused 22-storey education, training and administrative hub for over 3,000 professionals, management and support staff. Supporting over 1,000 world-class trainees, students and learners annually, the PSC will house the SickKids Learning Institute and a simulation centre for hands-on teaching.

“We’ve been on this journey for many months now and are so excited to see the first phase of Project Horizon becoming a reality. Floor by floor, pane of glass by pane of glass, we are finally seeing the future of SickKids come to life. We’re thrilled to take this next step to transform the campus and are excited to open the doors of this modern building to our staff, patients and families in 2023,” said Peter Goldthorpe, vice president, transformation for The Hospital for Sick Children.

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Prior to the structure’s topping off, the surrounding community has already begun to see exciting changes on site including the successful removal of the south tower crane and the start of the roof structure steel. This summer, the steel erection for the pedestrian bridge connecting the hospital’s Atrium building to the PSC was completed.

The PSC is kicking off the full campus redevelopment, Project Horizon (#31 on ReNew’s Top100 Projects report), that aims to create an inspired hospital of the future. The renewed campus will eventually include two new towers to provide acute care, core clinical services and outpatient services.

Working alongside SickKids to create a forward-looking environment that is firmly rooted in its community and a distinct new addition to Toronto’s urban fabric was an immensely rewarding experience,” says Patrick Fejer, CEO at B+H. “It was critical to SickKids that considerations for staff and learner wellness were integrated into every design decision from the outset. Too often in workplace design, these needs are put secondary, but with the new PSC, we want to demonstrate that when you prioritize the wellbeing of the end user, they are empowered to do their best work.”

Project Team:

  • Owner: The Hospital for Sick Children
  • Design Firm: B+H Architects
  • Vertical Transportation Consultant: KJA Consultants
  • Structural Engineer: Entuitive
  • Mechanical Contractor: The Mitchell Partnership
  • Electrical Contractor: Mulvey & Banani

Featured image: PCL Constructors Canada Inc. (Toronto), SickKids and B+H Architects celebrated the topping off of the new PSC with a beam signing ceremony. (The Hospital for Sick Children)


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