Peter Gilgan Research Tower – Sick Kids

  • Client

    The Hospital for Sick Children

  • Region

    Central Canada

  • City


  • Year Completed


  • Size

    750,000 sq. ft. 

  • Sector


  • Sub-Sector

    Healthcare & Research

The Story

This new state-of-the-art research tower consolidates research and education space that was previously spread across a number of buildings within the downtown Toronto Discovery District. This 21-storey, 750,000 square foot tower is represented 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 also houses new learning and teaching facilities for the SickKids Learning Institute, including a 250-seat lecture theatre and flexible learning spaces. This research facility includes, tele-education facilities, meeting rooms, two new pathways to connect the Research and Learning Tower to SickKids McMaster and Atrium buildings.

Workspace is further enlivened by natural light penetration to over 90% of the program area, with 20% more vision glass than a typical office building, that also serves to provide expansive views over the city. At the time of it’s completion, the new tower was the tallest laboratory in Canada.