Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital is growing its research institute to support ground-breaking research in childhood disability.
Once completed in late January 2023, the research expansion will feature private and teamwork spaces as well as discovery hubs. These hubs will give our scientists a chance to lead innovations in machine learning, music and arts, rapid prototyping among other fields.
The project is designed to be very accessible and has followed all AODA guidelines. Accessible features include:
• wider doors and hallways
• door-operating devices in busy hallways
• colour contrast between walls, floors and doors to help people with visual impairments get around
• height-adjustable desks in workspaces.
Sustainable features include:
• using blinds to reduce sunlight
• creating plenty of landscaped outdoor spaces
• using natural materials with a low-energy footprint.
This expansion will occur in three phases:
In partnership with Bloorview School Authority and Kindercircle, and with the generosity of donors, Holland Bloorview has completed the construction of its state-of-the-art, fully accessible playground. Construction began in early June and finished in early November.
The inclusive playground was co-designed and co-created by a playground committee comprising clients and their families, teachers, clinicians, staff and volunteers – all with the vision of not only ensuring it met the highest standards of accessibility, but one that it also fosters wellbeing for children.
The new playground, nestled on the west side of the hospital, will give students from the Bloorview School Authority and the Kindercircle Daycare program as well as clients a chance to express their creativity through play. The playground features many accessible play structures such as a wheelchair swing, an accessible swing and slide, therapeutic play equipment, all surrounded by natural elements. Kids can also create music through various musical instruments and play panels scattered throughout the playground. The rubberized surface of the playground has also been coloured to mimic beaches, rivers, mountains and meadows for children to explore safely.
Watch the video of the virtual playground launch held on Nov. 23rd, 2020 .
Watch a video of our playground in action.
Bloorview Research Institute (BRI) completed the second phase of the research expansion now. The fourth floor where the BRI is housed has been transformed to create a more modern, open work environment with fewer hallways and walls that provides more opportunities for both collaboration as well as individual work.
Take a virtual tour of this renovated space.
Construction is almost completed to build an 11,000 square foot expansion that will create more space for new discovery hubs, research teams and state-of-the-art research equipment.
The elevated two-storey expansion on the north side of the hospital will overlook the surrounding ravine, enhancing views of the landscape and creating more natural light. The exterior will be decorated with multi-coloured glazing. Raised three-stories into the air, the underside of the addition will form a brightly light canopy for clients, families and the Holland Bloorview community to enjoy.
The expansion connects to the Bloorview Research Institute (BRI) by a ‘front porch’-- a welcoming space where researchers, clients, families and staff can mingle, collaborate and share knowledge.
This construction project has been broken up into two phases:
Renovation on the fourth floor of the research institute: completed
Addition to back of hospital: May 2021 to late January 2023
Currently both phases are on schedule. As the construction process unfolds, we will hold open houses/tours and post online updates to ensure you have the latest information on our progress.
We will do our best to limit construction noise to 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays; as opposed to the 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. time period permitted by city construction bylaws. Unfortunately, following this reduced schedule is not always possible, due to the tight construction timelines and unforeseen circumstances. Please know that we are continuously working with our construction management firm, Buttcon Construction Limited, to reduce noise as much as possible in an effort to ensure the comfort of both our clients and their families as well as our neighbours.
Construction Updates as of November 2022:
The construction crew has completed the addition's building envelop (exterior) and are now working to complete the interior finishings (painting, flooring, millwork). Landscaping underneath the addition will also continue, but given the winter months approaching, some of this work will be delayed until next spring 2023.
Questions and concerns:
Over the last few months, we have heard from many residents about the disruption caused by the beeping noises from large machinery on the construction site. We have spoken with our construction team at length about this and unfortunately, this is a safety feature, required by safety legislation, and cannot be altered. We understand and appreciate this is very disruptive (our staff and clients and families hear it too) and we sincerely apologize.
We have also received feedback about weekend work. We understand that on a few occasions work started before 9am on a Saturday. We apologize for this and have spoken to our construction team to ensure it will not happen again. Please note however, there will be active construction on the site, on most Saturdays, during the summer.
Finally, we have received feedback about the light coming from our building on evenings and weekends. As a result of this feedback, we identified a few issues with some of our new sensors causing lights to stay on indefinitely. These issues have been resolved and currently, with the exception of the third floor (inpatient unit), only emergency lighting is on during evenings and weekends.
Overall, the residents of Kilgour Estates have been incredibly patient throughout the construction and we would like to extend a heartfelt thank-you to all residents.
As always, we welcome your feedback and encourage you to continue to inform us directly of any concerns you have. We ask that for your safety and the safety of the construction team, you do not enter the construction site or approach workers directly.
Your questions and concerns can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For immediate questions or concerns, please call the hospital's security 416-425-6220, ext. 6101
Construction during the ongoing pandemic
Construction during the COVID19 pandemic will be conducted thoughtfully and carefully to ensure the safety of our clients, staff, community and onsite construction workers. Buttcon Construction Limited, the construction manager for this project, has implemented robust COVID19 safety policies including personal protective equipment, sanitization, screen and physical distancing. They, along with our hospital's Infection, Prevention and Control team, will be actively monitoring the construction site to ensure all safety protocols are being followed.
Holland Bloorview will continue to monitor the situation and make the necessary decisions and required changes to our work, depending on how the pandemic unfolds. We are committed to keeping our community and the surrounding Leaside neighbourhood informed during the entire construction period.
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Address: 150 Kilgour Road (Google Map)
Construction start: May 2021 | Completed: Late December 2022 (anticipated)
|Holland Bloorview Lead||Nadia Tanel, Director, Research Growth and Expansion|
|Project Manager||Nexus PM|
|Construction manager||Buttcon Construction Limited|