Peter Gilgan Centre for Research & Learning
“This investment in the Research and Learning Tower will help ensure that Canada remains a world leader in health research, and that we will continue to make discoveries that benefit children around the world.”
– Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for Science and Technology
HH Angus provided mechanical and electrical consulting engineering for this 740,000 ft2 high-rise research and educational facility. This building enhanced the overall campus of SickKids, which totals over 2,500,000 ft2. SickKids is a landmark hospital and renowned internationally as a world-class institution.
The facility has been certified LEED® Gold. Energy modeling indicated a significant improvement over the minimum energy performance required by the program. Systems were segregated to achieve significant thermal reuse within the facility. The option to integrate a waste heat recovery system from the neighbouring district heating provider was incorporated into the design to realize even greater energy efficiency in future.
The building services design supported the main objectives for the new facility:
- Consolidate the Research Institute into a cohesive unit
- Integrate research functions with the hospital
- Provide flexibility for future change
- Maximize functionality and efficiency
- Share support functions
- Utilize current technologies and infrastructure, including a plan for increased security for highly specialized spaces such as Containment Level 3
- Incorporate exemplary sustainable “Green” building design concepts and system
- Create a high-tech, cost-effective space for evolving state-of-the-art technologies
The interesting design challenges inherent in this high-rise lab building contributed to both the complexity and enjoyment of the design process, including a 1½ storey vivarium and 40,000 ft2 of educational space.
Quote source: SickKids
Mechanical Engineering | Electrical Engineering | IT & Communication Design | Vertical Transportation | Lighting Design
Size: 740,000 ft2 with 40,000 ft2 educational space | Status: Completed 2013
KEY SCOPE ELEMENTS
Complex systems design for a tight downtown urban space | 1.5 storey vivarium | LEED Gold Certified | Incorporated options to permit a future waste heat recovery system