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The newest building on the SickKids Hospital campus in Downtown Toronto officially started construction yesterday, as the institution and associated SickKids Foundation held a ground breaking ceremony for their new B+H Architects-designed Patient Support Centre) at 175 Elizabeth Street. The milestone was celebrated with a ceremonial photo-op attended by 'Catalyst' and 'Groundbreakers' donors who contributed a minimum of $1 million, including the Peter Gilgan family, whose $100 million donation was announced in June.

"Today we celebrated with our SickKids 'Catalyst' and 'Groundbreakers' donors – those who have put a stake in the ground with a commitment of over $1 million towards building a new SickKids," reads a statement from Ted Garrard, Chief Executive Officer, SickKids Foundation. "These bold, forward-thinking individuals and organizations give our campaign momentum and inspire others to join the fight. Together, with their extraordinary support, a new SickKids will rise."

The new tower will rise 22 storeys from the recently-cleared site of SickKids' former Elizabeth McMaster building, an eight-storey laboratory and administrative building that was constructed from 1983 to 1987 in the Postmodern style. Crews from PCL and Priestly Demolition have wrapped up the old medical building's demolition phase, paving the way for yesterday's ground breaking. 

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