SickKids announces $400 million
– The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) announced the details of the
$400 million, 21-storey, 750,000 square-foot Research & Learning Tower.
Once it is completed, it will bring together the
2,000 scientists and staff of the SickKids Research Institute who are
currently dispersed across several sites.
The Tower is slated to be completed by 2013. Designed by Diamond and
Schmitt Architects Inc. with HDR Inc., the world-class facility will
achieve LEED Gold Certification – setting the standard for energy
efficiency and sustainable infrastructure in Toronto’s Discovery
District. The construction contract to build the Tower was awarded to
Ellis Don Corporation.
For the first time, there will be a public face for SickKids Research
Institute. The building will showcase the incredible depth and breadth
of research being conducted by the Hospital to improve child health
through prevention, better cures and early detection of childhood
“We take our responsibility as a world leader in children’s health
seriously,” said Mary Jo Haddad, President and CEO, SickKids. “The
Research & Learning Tower gives us the capacity to build on our
leadership in child health research, education and care, and will result
in healthier children and a better world.”
Established in 1954, SickKids Research Institute has grown into one of
North America’s largest hospital-based research institutes. It is an
integral part of SickKids, with more than 2,000 of the Hospital’s
approximately 8,000 staff.
The ground-breaking ceremony was attended by the Honourable Gary
Goodyear, Minister of State for Science and Technology.
“Our government is investing in science and technology to improve the
quality of life for Canadians, strengthen the economy and create jobs,”
said Minister Goodyear. “This investment in the Research & Learning
Tower will help ensure that Canada remains a world leader in health
research, and that we will continue to make discoveries that benefit
children around the world.”
The Tower consolidates the research staff presently working in six
different locations across the city and enhances the opportunity for
interactions between clinical and research colleagues. The integration
of research with patient care and learning are among the strengths of
SickKids that have resulted in many significant contributions to the
understanding, treatment and prevention of disease.
The Tower is designed to encourage interdisciplinary research by
locating researchers working on related issues in close proximity to one
another. Researchers in the Tower will work in one of seven
“neighbourhoods” – each inspired by a cutting-edge research theme.
Neighbourhoods will span two to three floors and will be connected by a
spine of interactive space conducive to formal and informal meetings
with the specific intent of encouraging interactions and collaborations.
The open, flexible lab space is designed to accommodate diverse research
needs that will evolve over the lifetime of the building. A mixture of
wet and dry research benches will provide space for research teams as
well as the state-of-the-art tools and technology they need to do their
work. Labs designed in this way have been shown to increase
collaboration among researchers thereby increasing the number of new
ideas and discoveries they generate.
The Tower will provide important new learning and teaching facilities
for SickKids Learning Institute – including a 250-seat lecture theatre,
flexible learning spaces and display areas. The Learning Concourse will
include state-of-the-art web and teleconferencing technology.
“Once complete, the Research & Learning Tower will significantly enhance
the cutting-edge research being done at SickKids,” said Dr. Eliot
Phillipson, President and CEO for the Canada Foundation for Innovation,
who also attended the ground-breaking ceremony. “Bringing all these
world-class researchers together into a single facility will undeniably
translate into results that will benefit all Canadians.”
The Research & Learning Tower will lead to design, engineering and
construction jobs; innovations that lead to new equipment, the
development of new drugs, new treatments and new therapies, leading to
patents, licensing rights, start-up companies and revenue. The Tower
itself will rejuvenate the corner of Bay and Elm Streets, turning a
parking lot into an active retail corner and community.
“Healthy children lead to a healthy and prosperous future for Canada,”
said Haddad. “The economic impact of this ambitious capital campaign
will be immediate and sustained.”
Announced at the launch was a $200 million fundraising campaign to
support the construction and operation of the Tower. Tim Hockey,
appointed Chair of The Tower Campaign, along with Honorary Chairs Arthur
and Sonia Labatt, were at the ceremony to introduce the 35-member
“The community is a critical partner in this project,” said Ted Garrard,
President & CEO, SickKids Foundation. “Our challenge is to bring private
funding to one of the most important capital projects in the history of
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About The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)
The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) is recognized as one of the
world’s foremost paediatric health-care institutions and is Canada’s
leading centre dedicated to advancing children’s health through the
integration of patient care, research and education. Founded in 1875 and
affiliated with the University of Toronto, SickKids is one of Canada’s
most research-intensive hospitals and has generated discoveries that
have helped children globally. Its mission is to provide the best in
complex and specialized family-centred care; pioneer scientific and
clinical advancements; share expertise; foster an academic environment
that nurtures health-care professionals; and champion an accessible,
comprehensive and sustainable child health system. SickKids is proud of
its vision of Healthier Children. A Better World. For more information,
please visit www.sickkids.ca.
Posted May 6, 2010