The world-class researchers of the Hospital for Sick Children will soon have a world-class space in which to make their discoveries.

The hospital will break ground today on its 21-storey Research & Learning Tower that will bring Sick Kids’ 2,000 researchers under one roof.

“At the moment they are spread across six city blocks in different buildings, yet we are in a time when science is all about collaboration and interaction,” said Janet Rossant, chief of research at Sick Kids.

“We have been working hard to develop a concept and a building where we can repatriate them all and bring them together so they can form new teams and make a difference.”

The building, at the corner of Bay and Elm streets, is designed to maximize interaction between scientists, whether they are in the lab or lounge.

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