Project Description


30-year collaboration propels care and research facilities to new heights

First hired by Canada’s “The Hospital for Sick Children” in 1985, our engineers have worked with this world-renowned centre for paediatric care for more than 30 years.

Engineering Hospital for Sick Children - Building Exterior

The initial $200m project, which saw construction of a new inpatient tower and a master plan for redevelopment of the older part of the hospital (annex buildings), laid the ground for an enduring relationship. We have since worked with them to deliver the state-of-the-art Cardiac Diagnostic Intervention Unit, magnetic resonance imaging facilities , computerised genomics laboratory space and providing civil and building science services on a major research laboratory occupying over a third of the hospital building area.

Quick Facts

Location Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Client The Hospital for Sick Children
Services Electrical engineering
Mechanical engineering
Civil engineering
Building Science
Security Design
IT Design
Project Status On-going

Specialist Design

In contributing to projects that have expanded the capacity of the hospital, our teams have taken on tasks from operating room and central plant upgrades to the synchronisation of generators across three different buildings in order to boost available emergency power.

Over the years, we have worked closely with architects, interior designers and client advocates to understand the complex requirements of a facility that cares for newborns and teenagers alike. Specialist design needs range from tamper-resistant lighting and covered emergency buttons (less tempting for little hands to press than the standard red ones) to child-adapted CT scanners and soothing lighting systems. In addition, the hospital has to cater not just for patients but also their families, and environments that minimise stress are crucial.

Engineering Hospital for Sick Children - Tower Night View

Challenging Construction

The construction process has at times also proved complicated. One major challenge was the phased renovation of a 1,394 m2 emergency department in 2009. Our team ensured this critical facility stayed operational throughout, overseeing complex coordination of mechanical and electrical services through three phases of construction as well as incorporating plans for a future diagnostic imaging department into the building services design. The project also included 28 new examination rooms and five isolation units as well as other procedural rooms and administrative space.