We’re reaching new heights on the Patient Support Centre!
If you’ve been to The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) since 2018, you might have noticed the ever-changing view from the windows looking out on to Elizabeth Street. From the removal of the pedestrian bridge to the demolition of the Elizabeth McMaster building, and most recently, the construction of our future Patient Support Centre (PSC), the progress has been non-stop.
In 2019, we broke ground on the future 22-storey training, education and administrative tower. Now, almost exactly three years and many hours of work later, we’re thrilled to celebrate topping off the building with a ceremony in the centre of the action at the PSC site.
Representatives from SickKids and SickKids Foundation gathered on the 22nd floor of the PSC for the celebration. With the windows looking into the Research Institute at the Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning to one side, and an unobstructed view of the Toronto skyline to the other, speakers shared thoughts about the significance of the progress that’s been made on this new addition to the campus. Staff, donors and members of the public tuned in to the celebration via livestream.
Among the attendees were the Di Folco family. Their late son, Matteo, was a patient at SickKids who had expressed an interest in working in construction and enjoyed watching the construction of the PSC out of the window of his hospital room. Last summer, the crew working on the PSC site gathered on the highest floor of the building with a large sign to wave to Matteo in his room across the street. They also wrote his name in the concrete of the building, preserving his memory and his excitement about the building forever. Matteo’s parents and sister reflected on his time at SickKids and honoured his memory at the event.
“We look to this building with hope and strength, as a piece of Matteo lives on here and continues to fight for all sick kids. We are honoured to celebrate this moment with you and extremely excited to see how SickKids will transform over the years. Just like you cheered Matteo and our family on and were there for us, we’ll continue to be there for you.”
- Franco Di Folco, Matteo's father
Attendees celebrated the milestone by signing a steel beam with their name and some words of inspiration about the PSC. This beam will be turned into a bench on the rooftop patio for visitors to enjoy for years to come.
Watch a recap of the Topping Off Ceremony and our progress to date:
The Patient Support Centre: A critical first step in our journey to build a new SickKids
This building will enable the relocation of staff and services out of the older wings of the hospital, which will be demolished in the next three to five years, to make way for the new Peter Gilgan Family Patient Care Tower.
The PSC will be the new home of the SickKids Learning Institute, which supports more than 1,000 world-class trainees, students and learners annually. The building will also include a state-of-the-art Simulation Centre for hands-on teaching in a bright, modern workspace for professionals, management and support staff. Another defining characteristic of the new tower is the variety of collaboration and activity spaces that will be accessible to all staff and learners from across the campus. The building will also include healing and purpose-built spaces for patients and families, and spaces to support staff wellness including green space and natural light.
The PSC’s glass façade was designed to ensure bright light throughout the building, and to foster increased connectivity between SickKids and the community. The fins along the building add colour, while also providing shading and optimizing the building’s thermal performance.
Once open, the PSC will be an integral link on the SickKids campus, connecting the main hospital Atrium and the Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning, via a new pedestrian bridge connection.