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Stantec/KPMB Architects providing design services for transformed SickKids Toronto campus

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April 1, 2021

Toronto, ON, Edmonton, AB (April 1, 2021) TSX, NYSE: STN

The joint venture of Stantec / KPMB Architects is providing architectural design services for the planning phase of The Hospital for Sick Children’s (SickKids) ten-plus year campus redevelopment, Project Horizon. The goal of this three-phase development is to build an inspired hospital of the future; transform care delivery; enable staff, physicians, and researchers to do their best work; and empower patients and families to be partners in their care.

The third phase will include replacing two of the oldest buildings on the campus with a new acute care hospital, the Peter Gilgan Family Patient Care Tower.

The tower will add new patient and critical care beds to the hospital, increasing the number of beds to 430, including a new Level IV neonatal intensive care unit. Three additional operating suites, for a total of 19, will be adapted to accommodate new technologies and procedures, and a new emergency department will offer 51 treatment spaces, 12 more than the current capacity.

The vision for the project includes all spaces unfurling from a central garden, a treed courtyard at the centre of the master plan. The garden metaphor reinforces the therapeutic benefits of nature, including sunlight and fresh air. Playgrounds and communal spaces will have access to the outdoors and views of the city skyline. Welcoming entrances and generous light-filled corridors will be organized to support the intuitive flow of people and services throughout.

To ensure the SickKids campus remains fully functional during the construction of the tower, the Stantec/KPMB team is also designing a series of projects in the remaining facilities to accommodate relocated programs, help support patient care and experience, and upgrade the site and building infrastructure.

“Our team at Stantec has a rich history with SickKids, having provided ongoing design services for more than 20 years. Many of us have had personal experience with SickKids, and it’s an honour to help the hospital transform its iconic healthcare campus to help our families, neighbours, and friends access the world-class care SickKids delivers every day,” said Tim Eastwood, principal at Stantec.

“Such scale, complexity, and such a global vision – Healthier Children. A Better World – make Project Horizon an ideal project of architecture and urban design in this unprecedented time,” said Mitchell Hall, a partner at KPMB Architects. “It is a privilege to be working with SickKids on how architectural design can play a role in redefining traditional acute care service models and the integration of precision medicine, while ensuring maximum operational efficiency and effectiveness.”

The redeveloped campus will support the integration of emerging healthcare technologies with the goal of improving SickKids’ operational efficiency. The new spaces will help provide a healing environment for patients and families in the post-pandemic future.

Stantec / KPMB Architects Joint Venture

The joint venture of Stantec/KPMB has partnered on significant projects for over two decades. As PDC architects, they were responsible for the design exemplar for the Governor General Award-winning Bridgepoint Active Health campus. Significant collaborations also include the George Brown Waterfront Health Sciences Campus, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Phase 1B and Phase 1C, and Isttaniokaksini/Science Commons at the University of Lethbridge.

About Stantec

Communities are fundamental. Whether around the corner or across the globe, they provide a foundation, a sense of place, and of belonging. That’s why at Stantec, we always design with community in mind. We care about the communities we serve—because they’re our communities too. This allows us to assess what’s needed and connect our expertise, to appreciate nuances, and to envision what’s never been considered, to bring together diverse perspectives so we can collaborate toward a shared success. We’re designers, engineers, scientists, and project managers, innovating together at the intersection of community, creativity, and client relationships. Balancing these priorities results in projects that advance the quality of life in communities across the globe. Stantec trades on the TSX and the NYSE under the symbol STN. Visit us at or find us on social media.

For more information about Stantec’s response to COVID-19, visit Responding to COVID-19. 

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Susan Bender

Stantec Media Relations

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About KPMB Architects

KPMB is a leading Canadian architectural practice internationally respected for its commitment to quality, excellence, and integrated design practices. The work – which has received over 300 awards including 16 Governor General’s Awards – has positioned the firm to attract projects of architecture that benefit humanity and the natural environment through holistic design thinking.

In Toronto, KPMB has designed many projects for leading Canadian organizations facing similar urban and design challenges to those posed by Project Horizon. This work includes Canada’s National Ballet School, the Royal Conservatory TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, the Gardiner Museum, and Bell Lightbox for the Toronto International Film Festival.

A significant component of KPMB’s portfolio is dedicated to purpose-built learning and research facilities that promote cross-disciplinary exchange. This work includes the Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre at the University of Waterloo, the Rotman School of Management Expansion at the University of Toronto, and the Global Hub for the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Current projects include the Data Sciences Centre at Boston University and is lead architect for recently announced winning design competition for the new Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax.

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Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements regarding the project described above, including statements regarding Stantec’s role and involvement on the project. Forward-looking statements also include any other statements that do not refer to historical facts. By their nature, forward-looking statements are based on assumptions and subject to inherent risks and uncertainties. Except as may be required by law, Stantec undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements. Forwardlooking statements are provided herein for the purpose of giving information about the proposed project referred to above and its expected impact. Readers are cautioned that such information may not be appropriate for other purposes.