Downtown Campus Phase II - photo gallery

April 2017

Photo of Downtown Phase II development from Carling Street, showing the tower crane, window installation and structural steel frame.

  • The building's exterior continues to take shape with the contractor beginning to install windows.
  • Interior and exterior walls are being built using masonry block and metal studs.
  • Major mechanical and electrical equipment has arrived on site. 

Upcoming work:

  • Electrical and mechanical infrastructure will continue to be a focus over the coming months.
  • The contractor will begin working on the roof and the upper-storey glass façade along the south and west sides of the building (up to level 5).

March 2017

Photo showing inside structure of Downtown Phase 2 construction in March 2017

  • Only minor structural work remains, with the contractor focused on closing the building envelope starting with the lower floors.
  • The most significant milestone over the past month has been the removal of the temporary towers that were holding up the original limestone façade along Dundas Street. With the towers removed and the new structure supporting the façade, work will now begin on storm connections, insulation, canopy construction and waterproofing.

Upcoming work:

  • By mid-April, the final components of the structural steel frame and steel deck will be installed and the contractor will finish concrete pours on levels 5 and 6 as well as the basement.
  • Mechanical and electrical equipment will be hoisted into place in the penthouse over the coming month.

February 2017

Photo of construction site at Downtown Phase II project

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • The structural steel frame is 90 per cent complete, with only the penthouse level on the east half of the building needing to be erected to show the full scale of the building.
  • Concrete pours continue with priority on the lower level and penthouse slabs; two key milestones that will allow mechanical and electrical equipment to be hoisted into place before openings are closed up and roofing is started.
  • All temporary shoring within the site has been removed.
  • Nearly 40,000 square feet of deck area on levels 1 through 3 have been poured, allowing new trades (e.g., fireproofing, masonry) to begin work.

Upcoming work:

  • Supports for the limestone façade along Dundas Street will be removed in March.
  • The structural steel frame will be 98 per cent complete by mid-March, with the balance to follow in April.

December 2016

Photo of ongoing construction at Downtown Phase II project. December 2016

  • The contractor has received necessary building permits for work involving neighbouring roofs.
  • The structural steel frame is in place up to the third storey of the building and work is progressing on reaching Levels 4 and 5, which will raise the property above surrounding buildings.
  • A temporary Union Gas hook-up was connected in anticipation of temporary heat necessary for the first concrete foundation slab pour in early January.

Upcoming work:

  • By early January, the structural steel frame will reach Level 6. The balance of the basement concrete work, mechanical underground systems and bulk backfilling will be complete.
  • The contractor is working on a detailed plan to enclose the building as quickly as possible following completion of the structure.

November 2016

Elevator shaft and grade beam in place

Elevator shaft and  grade beam in place

View to the South

View to the south

  • The underpinning of the shared neighbours' walls and shoring wall work is complete.
  • New steel components for the building are arriving daily and the tower crane is in place to assist with this construction work.
  • Underground tanks, including a sanitary sump pit and an elevator sump pit, are on site and awaiting placement below the lower level floor slab.
  • Elevator pits have been formed and concrete poured and the north foundation construction has begun.

Upcoming work:

  • By the end of December, two-thirds of the structural steel will be in place equaling approximately four storeys of the building.
  • A steel deck, supported by steel beams used to support concrete or roofing materials to create floor and/or roof systems, will be in place up to approximately the second floor. Workers will be prepping the steel deck and readying it for pouring concrete to create the floor slabs. Masonry work will begin in the New Year.

August 5

August 5th, 2016

  • All structural caisson have been installed nearly 60 feet below street level
  • Bulk excavation will be completed by the end of August and steel grade beams will have started being placed ahead of structural steel columns.
  • Next milestones: erecting tower crane and starting steel erection

July 5

Temporary crane - set up on Carling St. for caisson logistics.

Temporary crane - set up on Carling St. for caisson logistics.

Delivery of caisson reinforcement.

Delivery of caisson reinforcement.

Site re-grading and caisson work in southeast corner.

Site re-grading and caisson work in southeast corner.

  • The planned demolition scope is now complete.
  • At the end of July, the site will see new structural caissons completed, a large shoring wall retaining the area of Carling St. for deliveries/material and underpinning underway allowing bulk excavation to progress.
  • A tower crane will be erected in early August which will improve the speed at which work can be accomplished within the site.

May 5

Demolition Progress (view from Carling St.)

Demolition Progress (view from Carling St.)

  • Carling Street, within the frontage of the project property, is closed. Dundas Street north sidewalk remains closed during the demolition activities and may stay this way while foundation work proceeds.
  • The completion of demolition is expected to extend into early June.

March 28

Hand Demolition Progress including Brick Salvaging

Hand Demolition Progress including Brick Salvaging

Dundas St. - Towers Supporting Limestone Facade in Place

Dundas St. - Towers Supporting Limestone Facade in Place

  • March work has been focused around supporting the adjacent buildings and front façade to allow for structural demolition to start in early April.
  • Dundas Street was closed daily for nearly three weeks allowing for the towers supporting the limestone façade to be installed.
  • Half of Carling St. remains closed but the City has accepted a full road closure (within the frontage of our site. Signage to notify the public will be posted March 30 and the closure will start on April 13.

February 29

Masonry Salvaging complete

Masonry Salvaging complete

Carling St. - less salvaging required than originally anticipated

Carling St. - less salvaging required than originally anticipated

Roofing Material Collection

Roofing Material Collection

  • The red brick façade from Dundas St. has been catalogued and salvaged and will be stored until early 2017 for reinstallation.
  • Abatement activities continue to add scope to this initial phase; asbestos was discovered in the roofing materials of the Dundas St. canopy and abatement of the main roof was slowed due to significant snowfall
  • Half of Carling St. remains closed and the north sidewalk of Dundas St., within the limits of the property frontage, is closed.
  • Temporary support towers for the limestone façade will be erected in early March; this work will close Dundas St. daily for the first two weeks of March.

January 25

Scaffolding Erected at Red Brick Facade; Trim Discovered under Canopy Fascia Removed

Scaffolding Erected at Red Brick Facade; Trim Discovered under Canopy Fascia Removed

Elevator Cab Salvaging Complete

Elevator Cab Salvaging Complete

  • The focus in the month of January has been to engage the subcontractors procured late last year and confirm mobilization dates.
  • Dismantling of the red bricks on the Dundas St. façade and the removal of the adjacent canopy.
  • Design development continues in time to procure the necessary trades for the upcoming phases of work.