B+H to design SickKids’ new Patient Support Centre

Friday, August 31, 2018

Toronto design and consulting firm B+H has been selected by the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) as the design architect and prime consultant for the hospital’s new Patient Support Centre (PSC).

The PSC is the first phase of SickKids’ campus redevelopment plan, Project Horizon. The plan aims to build an inspired, re-imagined hospital of the future, with the PSC acting as a transformational catalyst for the way SickKids works. The PSC will be home to education, simulation and core administrative services in a modern, technology-enabled and sustainable building.

The new tower will stand approximately 22 storeys tall, and will be designed to create a state-of-the-art, inspiring workplace environment that will empower the hospital’s staff by inspiring collaboration and innovation. The building will target a minimum of LEED Gold certification.

The construction of the PSC will allow staff to move out of the oldest parts of the campus, allowing SickKids to free up space to demolish aging buildings, thereby providing space to build new facilities for clinical care. The PSC will also serve as a critical link between clinical care, learning and discovery across the SickKids campus.

“This building will set a new precedent in workplace design to support integrated healthcare delivery,” said Patrick Fejér, project lead and senior principal at B+H, in a press release. “As one of the most highly-regarded paediatric healthcare institutions in the world, SickKids requires a first-of-kind facility that embodies the institution’s commitment to excellence in care, research and education.”

SickKids enlisted B+H to work as advisors and business partners in the design and development of the new PSC. B+H’s Centre for Advance Strategy plans to create a shared vision for project success by working with all levels of the SickKids team through facilitated workshops. The results will provide a set of guiding principles to inform decision-making and optimize design in support of capital investment, functional programming and sustainability goals for the facility.

B+H will use a data-driven approach informed by scenario development, prototyping and testing to deliver solutions that will work now and into the future. Their internal team will work closely with structural engineers from Entuitive, mechanical engineers from TMP and electrical engineers from MBII.

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