McCaul Street view, Jan’ 14, of six new floors atop Mt Sinai Hospital
Growing up: Hundreds of Toronto construction workers have been collecting healthy paycheques lately, courtesy of several downtown hospitals.
SickKids is is going full-throttle constructing a 21-storey Research & Learning Tower on Bay Street. Toronto Rehab has just built a new 13-storey rehabilitation hospital wing on Elm Street. University Health Network is starting to demolish a former nursing residence on Gerrard Street so it can built a high-tech lecture centre. And Mt. Sinai Hospital on University Avenue has been busy doing some building of its own.
Under a multi-year program called Renew Sinai, the hospital has been undertaking major structural upgrades to its main University Avenue facility, while at the same time adding six brand-new floors to the top of its west tower, overlooking McCaul Street. According to the Renew Sinai webpage, the extra floors will accommodate “the Lawrence and Frances Bloomberg Centre for Women’s and Infants’ Health and other patient programs.”
At the same time, more private family spaces are being created, while “state-of-art technology” is being installed “to care for the more than 1,000 infants a year in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).”
Meanwhile, major structural upgrades — such as reinforcement of the hospital’s concrete stairwell walls, required by the building permit for the rooftop extension — are underway to strengthen the building and bring it up to date with provincial building code standards.
Below are pics I’ve taken of the new floors being built atop the west Mt. Sinai tower.
New floor construction on Mt. Sinai’s west tower on Sept. 3 2008
Elm Street view of new floor construction on September 3 2008
McCaul Street view of construction progress November 9 2008
April 17 2009: most windows and exterior panels have been installed
March 9 2010: All windows are in place on the tower’s west side…
…but two exterior elevators are back on the wall (seen January 14 2011)
January 14 2011 view of an elevator near the north end of the tower
Close-up view of the external elevator on January 14 2011