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March 18, 2011

The Research & Learning Tower springs up from the ground

Project managers Wayne Walker and Flemming Galberg celebrate in front of the Tower construction site.
SickKids project managers Wayne Walker and Flemming Galberg celebrate in front of the Tower construction site.

Buds are starting to pop up on trees, flowers are beginning to peek out from the ground and this spring something else will be growing on the corner of Bay and Elm Streets. In anticipation of spring’s arrival, the SickKids Research & Learning Tower reached ground level this week. Tower construction will now begin movin’ on up for everyone to see.

“Working through each phase of this project, it has been phenomenal to see the SickKids vision come alive,” says Wayne Walker, Project Manager, Facilities Planning. “This milestone brings us one step closer to having this building up in 2013, allowing for collaboration and endless possibilities.”

Since SickKids broke ground on the construction site in May 2010, approximately 39,000 cubic metres of dirt has been displaced, enough to fill more than 15 Olympic-sized swimming pools! The underground floors of the building will house three levels of staff parking. Now the Tower will begin to climb, reaching 21 storeys or 120 metres above ground.

The SickKids Research & Learning Tower will bring together researchers from different scientific disciplines and a variety of clinical perspectives, to accelerate discoveries, new knowledge and their application to child health. The Tower will physically connect SickKids science, discovery and learning activities to its clinical operations. The Research & Learning Tower is funded by a grant from the Canada Foundation for Innovation and community support for the ongoing fundraising campaign. For more information, please visit our Tower website.

Continue to watch as the Tower grows on the live webcam.