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Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital is growing its research institute to support ground-breaking research in childhood disability.

Once completed, 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:

Phase 1: Playground construction [Summer 2020]

In partnership with Bloorview School Authority and Kindercircle, we are starting the redevelopment and construction of a state-of the-art playground.  Our construction firm, Buttcon Construction Limited, began its site preparations the week of June 1 to anticipate construction beginning on June 8.

The existing daycare and school playgrounds will be torn down to build an integrated, state-of-the art, fully accessible playground for our inpatient clients, Kindercircle and BSA students to enjoy.

The new playground will be on the west side of the building, where the school playground currently sits. This work is necessary to provide access for the two-story addition to be built next spring, pending municipal approval.

The playground will feature:

  • a fully accessible swing set
  • an accessible slide
  • therapeutic play equipment, and
  • extensive landscaping that will facilitate play.
Phase 2: Two-floor expansion [Fall 2020/Spring 2021 projected start date]

Beginning as early as this fall, an approximate 11,000 square foot expansion 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 fins. 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 .

Phase 3: Fourth-floor renovation [Fall 2021/Winter 2022 projected start date]

Beginning in the fall 2021 or winter 2022, Bloorview Research Institute will begin the second phase of the research expanstion.  The fourth floor where the BRI is house will be transformed to create a more modern work environment with fewer hallways and walls.

Researchers will work in an innovative, open layout that provides opportunities for both concentration and collaboration.

Approvals process

Holland Bloorview submitted an application to the City of Toronto in January 2020 to build the new two-storey addition on the north side of the hospital. The virtual Community of Adjustment Hearing has been set for Thursday, September 17th at 1 p.m.

Once the application has been reviewed by the Committee of Adjustments and the appropriate building permits are in place, construction will begin. 

Holland Bloorview is committed to keeping its community and the surrounding Leaside neighbourhood informed every step of the way: from the approval process with the City of Toronto and during the entire construction period.

As the municipal approval and construction process unfolds, we will hold open houses/tours and post online updates to ensure you have the most relevant and up to date information on our progress.

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Holland Bloorview is committed to keeping its community and surrounding Leaside neighbourhood informed about its proposal plans, approvals process with the City of Toronto and during the entire construction period.

If you missed our Grow Holland Bloorview Research Town Hall on June 23, you can watch it here.


Building details

Address: 150 Kilgour Road (Google Map)
Construction start: Fall 2020 (anticipated) | Completed: Spring 2022 (anticipated)

Project team
Project team by role and provider
Holland Bloorview LeadNadia Tanel, Director, Research Growth and Expansion
Project ManagerNexus PM
ArchitectGow Hastings
Construction managerButtcon Construction Limited