Residence for The Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto Awarded 2014 Governor General’s Medal in Architecture

By on  25 / 05 / 2014

Situated along the rim of the Don Valley at O’Conner Drive and Broadview Avenue, this four-storey S-shaped residential care facility constructed adjacent to the heritage-designated 19th century Taylor House, is the new home of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto. With a construction cost of $38 million, this facility is comprised of residential suites, a lobby, activity space, chapel, and five private hospital units. The building was designed with emphasis on environmental sustainability and features geothermal heating and cooling, solar panels, and rain collection barrels. The reinforced concrete flat plate construction is augmented by feature stairs, hanging floors, post-tensioned transfer beams, and 10-metre overhangs of high-performance diaphragms. Structural steel was used for the thin overhanging entrance canopy, slender chapel columns, two-point supported curved hanging chapel floor plate, and chapel reciprocal roof framing. Wood framing was used for selective reinforcement of the existing heritage structure.

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