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May 4, 2011

What a year! SickKids celebrates a “groundbreaking” anniversary

On May 4, 2010, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) broke ground on its new Research & Learning Tower. Now, a year later, the Tower has reached ground level and continues to climb.

From surveying, to digging, to building a foundation strong enough to support our super structure, there have been many construction steps completed this past year. Here are some highlights:

  • A strong foundation was created to ensure support for the height and heavy structure of the Tower by installing 70 cement caissons, resembling large underground columns. Deep holes, 20 metres deep were drilled into the earth for each caisson. Throughout the excavation (digging) process, over 39 000 cubic metres of dirt was displaced. That’s enough to fill over 15 Olympic-sized swimming pools!
  • The structure for the three levels of underground staff parking was created.

Since reaching ground level in March, the construction team continues to work on the main structure of the building and the Tower auditorium. All those who pass by the corner of Bay and Elm Streets can see as The Research & Learning Tower grows, eventually bringing SickKids to a new level – 21 storeys above the ground.  

A big congratulations to the teams at Diamond Schmitt, HDR Inc. and Ellis Don for transforming a simple parking lot into the exciting new structure that is now underway. And a huge thank you to the Government of Canada, Canada Foundation for Innovation and all of the generous donors who are already being a part of it!

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.

Enjoy the photo gallery, depicting the construction milestones reached over the past year.