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Design team selected for Michael Garron Hospital project in Toronto

Michael Garron Hospital and Infrastructure Ontario (IO) have selected a design-build-finance team, including Diamond Schmitt Architects and B+H Architects, for a transformative campus redevelopment and state-of-the-art patient care tower. The EllisDon Infrastructure Healthcare team comprises those two firms in joint venture, along with EllisDon Design Build Inc. and EllisDon Capital Inc. 
The project is centred on a new eight-story patient care tower and three-story podium designed to bring a light-filled, modern patient experience to the healthcare facility, which was formerly known as Toronto East General Hospital. The design will also connect the community in support of the hospital’s vision to become a health promotion partner and amenity for the neighbourhood.
“The design extends the public realm through a seamless transition into public spaces with improved wayfinding around a large daylit lobby and consolidated ambulatory care services,” said Matthew Smith, a principal at Diamond Schmitt Architects.
Full glazing on the double-height lobby extends across the podium of the patient tower, providing views and a visual connection with a new landscaped park that replaces some of the oldest buildings on the campus. Patients and staff will also have access to roof terraces. 
“An interaction between interior and exterior did not exist previously as there was a lack of landscaped space,” explained Sydney Browne, a principal at Diamond Schmitt. “In addition to the positive reinforcement that access and views to nature can have for recovering patients, setting the new entrance back from the street where there now will be park space addresses the hospital expansion in the context of its community setting.”
“Together, we will build more than just a hospital,” said Sarah Downey, president/CEO of Michael Garron Hospital. “Our campus will be transformed into a community hub that not only creates health, but is able to support individuals to live to their full potential throughout the continuum of care.” 
With a contract valued at $411 million, the project will add approximately 550,000 square feet of new space and renovate an additional 100,000 square feet of the existing hospital. Groundbreak for the LEED Silver redevelopment is expected to take place in April.