A new world-class research and learning facility has been making headlines for its breakthrough design. The Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning puts Toronto at the forefront of health research for sick children. We’re proud to have played a role in helping SickKids realize that achievement. HH Angus provided the Tower’s mechanical and electrical engineering, as well as the design for vertical transportation and IT Communications.

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This new 740,000 ft2 high rise research and educational facility has been designed to target LEED® Gold.  Energy modeling indicates a significant improvement over the minimum energy performance required by the program. Systems have been segregated with the goal of achieving significant thermal reuse within the facility. The design incorporated the option to integrate a waste heat recovery system from the neighbouring district heating provider, in order to realize even greater energy efficiency in future.

The shell and core design for the tower were already well along when the Hospital decided to locate their high performance computing equipment in the new data centre. This resulted in significant changes to the base building construction, as well as to the architectural, mechanical and electrical engineering. Creative solutions were required to accommodate the intense and sophisticated computer systems within the architectural constraints of the building.

Already renowned globally for its outstanding research facilities, SickKids’ new Peter Gilgan Research and Learning Tower consolidates labs that have  previously been spread over six buildings in downtown Toronto, and includes an overpass to physically link the research areas with the Hospital.