Sick Kids Research Tower



EllisDon was awarded the contract for the construction of the Sick Kids Research Tower in downtown Toronto. This new tower will consolidate research and education currently spread across a number of buildings within the downtown Toronto Discovery District.

This 21-storey, 750,000 square foot tower will be reflected in seven neighbourhoods of science that are connected through staircases and shared spaces to encourage cross-collaboration. The Research neighbourhoods span two to three floors and are connected by atrium spaces. The tower will also house new learning and teaching facilities for Sick Kids Learning Institute including a 250 seat lecture theatre, flexible learning spaces and display area. This state of the art research facility also includes tele-education facilities, meeting rooms, two new pathways to connect the Research and Learning Tower to Sick Kids McMaster and Atrium buildings. Workspace is further enlivened by natural light penetration to over 90 percent of the program area with 20 percent more vision glass than a typical office building, which will also serve to provide expansive views over the city. The new tower will be the tallest laboratory in Canada.

Features of the building include 17 floors of open, collaborative lab space, administrative offices, lobby and retail space, a 250-seat tele-education auditorium, break out meeting rooms, conference rooms, public areas, two floors of below-grade parking and a 3-storey learning concourse. A pedestrian bridge will connect with the hospital's McMaster Building, which, in turn, is linked to the hospital.

One of the key design objectives of the Research and Teaching Tower is to facilitate the interaction between scientists.

The Tower is designed with a strong commitment to environmental responsibility, targeting LEED Gold certification. Some of the sustainable design features are a high-performance curtain wall cladding, increased insulation and cisterns that collect roof rainwater for use in washroom fixtures. The building will use 30 percent less water than a comparable facility and see a 33 percent improvement over the Model National Energy Code from the use of sensors and mechanical systems that extract energy from exhaust systems.

Sustainable measure include:
• 40% reduction of water use
• 38% reduction in energy consumption
• GHG reduction 2978.5 tons CO2 /anum
• Heat recovery systems in laboratory AHU’s and the fume hood exhaust system.
• Lighting control system with daylight & occupancy sensors
• Provisions for a heat recovery system from the adjacent Steam Plant.
• Daylight to 75% of regularly occupied spaces

You can follow the construction of the Sick Kids Research Tower on Twitter: @build_sickkids

750,000 sq. ft.
Pursuing LEED Gold
674 Bay Street Toronto ON
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