PCL reaches new heights on tower construction at SickKids


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Ontario Construction News staff writer

PCL Constructors Canada Inc., the Hospital for Sick Children and B+H Architects celebrated topping off at the new Patient Support Centre (PSC) with a beam signing ceremony last week.

The project team includes:

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

PCL recently removed the south tower crane and started the roof structure steel. This summer, the steel erection for the pedestrian bridge connecting the hospital’s Atrium building to the PSC was completed.

“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,” said Monique Buckberger, vice president and district manager of PCL Toronto.

“Topping off 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 is a 22-storey education, training and administrative hub that will house the SickKids Learning Institute and a simulation centre for hands-on teaching.

“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.

This is the start of a full campus redevelopment that will 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.”

Did you know:

  • PCL took control of the PSC site 1,351 days ago and officially broke ground October 2019?
  • During the two years of structural construction, approximately 25,000 cubic metres of concrete, enough to build a standard sidewalk between SickKids and Peterborough, was utilized on the PSC?
  • Approximately 2,230 metric tonnes of rebar was utilized for the building’s structure, which is equivalent to the weight of 318 elephants?



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