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AlvinofDiaspar
2006-Jul-28, 12:40
From the Globe Real Estate Section, by John Bentley Mays:

ARCHITECTURE
V may jump-start east downtown renewal
JOHN BENTLEY MAYS

From Friday's Globe and Mail

After a century of neglect and dilapidation, Toronto's downtown east of Yonge Street is gradually coming back to life very gradually. It's high time for things to get seriously moving there.

Queen Street West, for its part, has been transformed from a desolate skid row into a bouncy avenue of clubs, restaurants and shops in just 25 years. Other strips in the west-side inner city are being revived by smart investment, especially in new housing. But despite strong growth elsewhere, the renewal of such formerly grand streets as Church, Jarvis and Sherbourne continues to lag behind the rest of the city.

One sign of progress, however, is the appearance of new east-side condominium projects attractive to people affluent enough to support the shops and services that liven up a street. For an example of what I'm talking about, take Aspen Ridge Homes' V, slated to rise next spring at the corner of Jarvis and Adelaide streets.

Lofts with 10-foot ceilings are currently on the market for between $150,990 and $307,990, while apartments are for sale between $162,990 (a 485-square-foot studio) and $517,990 (a 1,200-square-foot two bedroom with den).

The design of Vu with twp towers (15 and 24 storeys) and an eight-storey podium, bundles tightly around a little courtyard on a single block is less about high style than solid city-building. Given that some people may feel apprehensive about the area, the building's relationship with the city is somewhat guarded. (Hariri Pontarini Architects)

These are sensible prices for deep downtown properties, it seems to me especially in view of the fact that a certain amount of urban pioneering will be required of anyone who moves there. V and other high-density residential developments notably The Spire at Church and Adelaide will surely draw more services, shops and restaurants to the area, but it may take some time for local life to become even a little sophisticated.

Designed by David Pontarini, founding partner in the Toronto firm Hariri Pontarini Architects, V is less about high style than solid city-building. Its three main structural elements two towers (15 and 24 storeys) and an eight-storey podium, bundled tightly around a little courtyard on a single block are intended to be artistic responses to their urban context.

The use of much brick and mortar in the street-level parts of the complex was prompted, Mr. Pontarini explained, by the brick industrial faades that abound in the neighbourhood. The towers of glass and steel are more urbane and openly modernist in inspiration tall, but not too tall for the generally low-scale environment. The higher of the two towers, marking the corner of Adelaide and Jarvis, does good urban service by providing a monumental focus and termination for Adelaide, which jogs sharply at this intersection.

Townhouses open directly along the George Street faade of the project, enhancing its linkage to the street-level life of the city. But the area's long history as a haven for needy and unpredictable people is not going to be undone by a single spiffy condominium development. So it is that V tends to be somewhat more guarded in its relationship to the city than developments of its kind in other parts of town.

Cars come inside the inner courtyard; there are no drop-off points along the edges. The elevator lobbies for the towers are tucked well inside the structure, and well away from the sidewalks. And the most conspicuous pedestrian entrance is not on one of the more exposed sides (Adelaide, Jarvis, Richmond Street East) but along little George Street. I have no problem with this emphasis on security, by the way. Anything that makes it easier for people to get past their apprehensions about living on the east side is fine by me.

This part of Toronto, after all, should be quickly repopulated, and treasured by its new inhabitants, and by us all.

It was in this place, in 1793, that John Graves Simcoe laid out the first thoroughfares of the tiny town of York; George Street was the original townsite's western boundary. But in the mind of Simcoe despite the harsh wilderness conditions of early life here York was never to be just another frontier settlement. It was to emerge as a fine, large city, with stately buildings in the classical manner quickly replacing the log cabins of the first settlers. A great university would arise here, along with a botanical garden, learned societies and other institutions of high civilization.

Some of Simcoe's visions have been realized in the city that came into existence after the 1790s but few in the exact clump of city blocks where Hogtown got its start. V and other developments on the east side will be a success, at least from the standpoint of those who love Toronto, if they help breathe new life into our ancient townsite, and inspire still more investment of money and energy into this area of long-neglected urban heritage.
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We don't have an official thread yet for V.

AoD

tudararms
2006-Jul-28, 15:13
Nice. King East seems poised to become quite trendy. Nice heritage architecture in the vicinity too.

building babel
2006-Jul-28, 15:17
I'm looking forward to seeing what HP have done to the interior of my local library at Pape and Danforth, which reopens next month.

andreapalladio
2006-Jul-28, 15:44
V and other high-density residential developments notably The Spire at Church and Adelaide will surely draw more services, shops and restaurants to the area, but it may take some time for local life to become even a little sophisticated

Reading this makes me think that JBM hasn't actually visited King East if he thinks with restaurants like Toba and Hiro, and all of the high end furniture shops, it's unsophisticated. Or maybe he was off his meds.

tudararms
2006-Jul-28, 16:44
True, one is hardly slumming at Roche Bobois.

Citywriter
2006-Jul-28, 18:11
...and another high-end bar/restaurant opens this week one block from Vu.

Still, if you stand on the right block you'll feel like he has a point: anywhere north of King is pretty, uh, "unsophisticated." It's a very sharp and strange dropoff, socioeconomically and in terms of street life.

RJR123
2006-Jul-28, 19:07
I agree, City Writer. I live at Richmond and Sherbourne and when I walk over to Yonge to grab the subway I almost always take King, rather than Richmond. It's just so desolate along Richmond.

andreapalladio
2006-Jul-28, 19:08
I noticed that they were having the opening for that restaurant last night.

lokyin
2006-Jul-28, 19:20
cool, Vu sounds like Phoebe on Queen.

bacheloroflaws
2006-Jul-28, 20:16
Keeping in mind a number of key factors (proximity to financial district, waterfront; the history of the area; and relatively lower prices due to the perception of the neighbourhood) I really think the area north of the St Lawrence/Distillery (Church-DVP and King-Queen) will be one of the major growth areas for the city over the next 5-10 years. There have been a number of new condo developments in the area and continue to be more - thousands of new residents with disposable income will invariably increase the offerings of restaurants and other amenities.

When compared to King West, Queen West (West West), and other more 'established' areas I see the King East area being a quieter, more enjoyable residential experience with better location (vis a vis waterfront/central business district).

andreapalladio
2006-Jul-28, 20:26
Agreed. It's the best location in the city for apartment living.

Ed007Toronto
2006-Jul-28, 20:54
I've lived in the area for nine years now and have had an nearby office for almost 14 years now. The change to the area has been tremendous. Walking down Sherbourne from Richmond to King at night used to be scary back then. Now with all the new condos the area has become much safer and much more vital. Vu will make a huge contribution to the revival up to Queen. Add in new projects in the works directly on Queen and we'll finally see that area pick up. Can't wait for Vu to get started.

indense
2006-Jul-28, 21:04
I think if the Cooke's Church development ever gets off the ground, it will have an even bigger impact than Vu.

I also think that the Moss Park Armoury is holding Jarvis back. Condos on that site would work wonders for the whole area.

building babel
2006-Jul-28, 21:05
Nice to see the park anchored, finally, by two resolutely contemporary buildings - Spire and Vu - that are designed by significant local architectural firms and don't rely on polite, historicist pastiche for their effect.

AlvinofDiaspar
2006-Jul-28, 22:16
BoF:


Keeping in mind a number of key factors (proximity to financial district, waterfront; the history of the area; and relatively lower prices due to the perception of the neighbourhood) I really think the area north of the St Lawrence/Distillery (Church-DVP and King-Queen) will be one of the major growth areas for the city over the next 5-10 years. There have been a number of new condo developments in the area and continue to be more - thousands of new residents with disposable income will invariably increase the offerings of restaurants and other amenities.

It will also be connected to Regent Park redevelopment to the north, West Donlands to the east and East Bayfront to the south. Quite the location, really.

AoD

paulbali
2006-Jul-29, 01:46
Clearly east side of downtown has begun to improve and will continue to do so. Unfortunately Moss Park, the various shelters and rehab spaces, and St. Jamestown aren't going anywhere anytime soon.

blixa442
2006-Jul-29, 02:16
It's a lovely area all around. I used to live at Front and Esplanade back in the mid/late-90s and have very fond memories. Yes, it was dodgy at times, but there's something very special about that part of town.

adma
2006-Jul-29, 02:50
One might argue that Mystic Muffin is the best kind of "unsophisticated"...

Sir Novelty Fashion
2006-Jul-29, 06:37
^ a subway stop for every nationality!

Ed007Toronto
2006-Jul-29, 21:02
Noticed the Jade Lofts signs have been covered over at the sales centre. This is one project that just won't move.

paulbali
2006-Jul-29, 21:25
Too bad, but I figured it was just a bit too close to the heart of Eastside grit to be palatable for even the urban pioneer types.

Citywriter
2006-Jul-29, 22:28
Too bad, but I figured it was just a bit too close to the heart of Eastside grit to be palatable for even the urban pioneer types.

That raises a question I often ask: Why is "Eastside grit" so persistent? Or, to put it another way, why has Near Queen East failed (over and over again) to gentrify?

I know the standard arguments (which we've just sort of seen here): the predominance of shelters, street drugs -- but that didn't keep artists from starting the process on Queen West West.

Babel? AndreaPalladio?

building babel
2006-Jul-29, 22:51
Oh, very well, dear ...

There was a rash of little antique shops on the south side of Queen Street, east of Jarvis, and Waddingtons auction house, about 15 or 20 years ago. But that was about it. I think the Armoury park to the north was a psychological dead end, and the social housing to the east too - there wasn't much old property to gentrify.

And there wasn't an OCA, or an AGO, or a Chinatown and a Spadina for cheap chop suey and deli meals, nor a Malibar for Halloween and the Baux Arts Ball outfits, nor a Gwartzman's art supplies, nor pubs for art students, nor cheap rooming houses for them too. None of the infrastructure that could be built on was on the east side.

And hasn't the city traditionally expanded, in waves, upwards and to the left? Didn't new immigrants settle in places like Kensington Market and then move on in waves? Wasn't the lower east side fairly stable - old Anglo Saxons and old Irish/Scots who were part of that huge, static Anglo Saxon ghetto that had roots going back to the 1830's?

When I was at OCA in the early 1970's there were illegal artist studios in some of the old warehouses along the Esplanade. Quite a few people lived in them buildings too. But the development of the St.Lawrence neighbourhood, with all those do-gooder co-ops, kinda squashed the arty potential there for good.

building babel
2006-Jul-29, 23:10
( with the exception of e.guy and his ruler ).

Sir Novelty Fashion
2006-Jul-30, 00:10
That's a really good point, actually. Socialised housing, in its various manifestations, works against social mobility and neighborhood reinvention. It's not just a matter of Regent's Park and Moss Park keeping demographics down, it's that, as Babel says, even an area like the Esplanade, where the demographics are more middling, couldn't reinvent itself if it wanted to.

Of course, what works against reinvention from gritty to liveable also works against reinvention from liveable to out-of-control trendy...

building babel
2006-Jul-31, 15:31
I think the main problem with the lower east side was the lack of any vibrant and innovative cultural focus ( unlike OCAD and the U of T to the west! ), combined with the lack of cheap rental housing for said students and residential buildings for creative people to gentrify ( just old factories! ).

George Brown College doesn't seen to have kickstarted anything much. The theatres - St. Lawrence Centre, O'Keefe, YPT - were always rather on the fringes, and the St. Lawrence Hall isn't a major venue either. The Toronto Free Theatre ( now CanStage ) was a ray of hope in the late 1970's.

Neinkamper at King and Berkeley was really the only good contemporary furniture store in the area for a decade or more, and they mostly sold to the trade. You never saw plain folks shopping there for anything. It was a wasteland.

Whatever has happened in this part of town has been parachuted in, not evolved from a creative residential population. The Distillery District is a great example of this, and how you can only go so far with re-branding a neighbourhood. They brought in non-chain stores, and banked on the arty/crafty nature of their first renters to act as a magnet for other creative enterprises. But galleries there are drifting away and - with the exception of a few large galleries with deep pockets, and the new Young Centre, what remains are twee gift shoppes for suburban tourists.

Darkstar416
2006-Aug-04, 16:09
Jade is definitely done. I have a friend who bought into it, and he should be receiving his deposit back sometime in the next week or so. I'm not surprised either. I think that project could win an award for Worst Marketing of a Condo Project Ever. "Prepare to be seduced"? Come on.

JBM does seem to be undeplaying many of the changes that have already happened to our lower east side, but in many ways he's also stating the obvious. The area still has a ways to go, but in that sense it's quite exciting. I'm very happy to be a part of it.

blixa442
2006-Aug-04, 19:59
They should go for 22 Wellesley type project on Jade's site. Perhaps a 20-storey building would succeed in that spot, especially with better marketing.

andreapalladio
2006-Aug-04, 21:04
Which one was jade?

Darkstar416
2006-Aug-04, 22:51
Jade is on the south side Queen St E, just a bit west of Jarvis St. It's been relaunched twice in the last four years. I believe the parking garage it sits on was built for a project that stalled in the late 1980s. The site seems to be cursed, but really, there's no reason it couldn't be successful with the right project/marketing.

Canuck 36
2006-Aug-04, 23:36
Jade Lofts (http://www.urbandb.com/canada/ontario/toronto/jade_lofts/)

andreapalladio
2006-Aug-04, 23:58
ah, that one

Ed007Toronto
2006-Sep-13, 16:16
Got a flyer in the mail yesterday indicating construction would start in March with occupancy sometime in 2008.

jcapitain
2006-Sep-13, 16:24
That would be a very quick build, and I would be extremely suprised if this project is complete before 2009.

spmarshall
2006-Sep-13, 16:27
For those of us who either can't remember or don't care about forgettable condo tower names, what's VU?

Ed007Toronto
2006-Sep-13, 17:36
Former Goodwill site.

spmarshall
2006-Sep-13, 17:57
Ah. Good to hear - I liked this one.

allabootmatt
2006-Sep-13, 18:27
Bodes well for future intensification on the east side that this one is proceeding so quickly.

Archivistower
2006-Nov-13, 14:07
Here are some renderings. Though two are familiar, the photograph of the model clarifies the "point" towards the west. I wonder, though, what's going on there, because it looks as if a glass wall is suspended outside balconies. I can't see that as being popular.

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d78/Archivistower/VuR1.jpg

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d78/Archivistower/VuR2.jpg

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d78/Archivistower/VuR3.jpg

unimaginative2
2006-Nov-14, 22:45
Impressive project. The last rendering seems to suggest that the glass wall has holes in it for the balconies.

Ed007Toronto
2007-Mar-08, 14:10
Parking lot looks like its closed. Excavation equipment on site working away. Now all they need is to put the hoarding up.

interchange42
2007-Mar-08, 16:19
And then the building.

42

ratoronto
2007-Mar-08, 17:06
super news! can't wait for this one to be finished, it will be a great looking addition to the neighbourhood!

Archivistower
2007-Mar-08, 17:24
This complex is quite exciting, I think it will be good. Does anybody know whether they are starting all buildings at once.

mark simpson
2007-Mar-08, 19:22
Good news.

Mars' lot closed recently as well

Ed007Toronto
2007-Mar-08, 21:43
Sign says parking lot closed March 2. Lot's big enough that if they wanted to build it in stages they could have kept part of the lot open. Since they didn't it seems safe to say they are building it all at once. This and Spire are doing plenty to make the east side a better place. Cool to see people at night on Church between Adelaide and Dundas now that Jazz and Spire are open.

blixa442
2007-Mar-09, 00:38
Excellent news. It will beautifully frame the park from the NE angle.

Ed007Toronto
2007-Mar-29, 13:59
Lots of suits and a camera guy on site. Official ground breaking taking place.

andreapalladio
2007-Mar-29, 14:29
Excellent. I need something to check out in the evening now that Spire's finished.

yyzer
2007-Apr-07, 13:00
Stacked room with a V
TheStar.com - Athome - Stacked room with a V

Aspen Ridge Homes worked with residents, businesses and city to come up with layered look on tight site

April 07, 2007
Stephen Weir
special to the star

It is Jenga time at the corner of Jarvis and Adelaide Sts. in downtown Toronto.

On a city block that once housed a Goodwill Industries outlet, a workforce of up to 200 people will soon perform a high-stakes adult version of the children's block tower building game. In this real-life Jenga (the name comes from the Swahili verb for "to build") deep holes will be dug, street lanes will be closed and three highrise cranes will lift glass panels and concrete slabs into a constricted site.

If all goes well, in a year and a half, the city will have a new V, a massive condominium project, which includes two glass towers and a connecting eight-floor loft-filled podium.

Aspen Ridge Homes, the builders of V, have worked with local residents, business groups and the city to come up with a design that fits this part of old Toronto. Agreement has been reached that the new complex will have a layered look.

The earth-toned brick and limestone compound will be lowest at the tree-lined street level and work its way up, through 21 different terraces (most projects have a maximum of six terraces) to two contemporary glass exterior towers of 15 and 24 storeys.

According to Aspen Ridge, the buildings will look trs chic when completed. But the design and construction materials are standard fare: brick, glass, concrete and aluminum. What sets this project apart from most others is just how the company plans to stack 537 condominiums in 18 months without bringing the busy city district to a standstill.

It is so tight downtown that for every beam of steel brought into the site, something has to be moved out or up, and that's what created the Jenga challenge.

"Everything has to be built at once. We don't have the luxury to do it any other way," says project manager Darius Rybak. "Most multi-building projects get put up in phases. We can't do that it looks as though there are three separate buildings, but they aren't, they are totally integrated. The eight-storey podium connecting the highrises is an integral part of both towers."

At this project, it all begins with a hole in the ground. The steam shovels will dig for four months until the only structures left on the block are four 19th-century buildings, (including the old Jarvis House tavern), which will stay standing because they are not part of the V.

"The Goodwill demolition was straightforward. The buildings were collapsed and that rubble and steel was dropped into the basements," says Rybak. "Now, as we move onto the site, we are going to have to dig through that rubble before we start removing any dirt."

"The V is going to be LEED-certified (a high standard of environmental commitment). That means we will try to recycle everything we pull out of the ground," he explained. "The old steel, concrete and brick will be loaded on trucks and taken off-site to be processed. The steel and aluminum will be sold to recyclers, the concrete will be pulverized and brought back and we will use it as road bedding in and out of the excavation area."

This will necessitate a constant convoy of trucks hauling dirt out of the hole, while others will be bringing in the concrete and steel.

The east lane of George St. will be blocked off by city officials and used exclusively for the equipment chugging in and out of the construction zone.

"We will keep the site clean every truck leaving the grounds will pass through a tire wash before driving on the streets of Toronto."

The Big Hole will live up to its moniker. Aside from the existing buildings in the northwest corner of the block, Aspen Ridge plans to create a 10-metre hole along Adelaide St. from Jarvis to George Sts., and north to Richmond St.

The trouble is that nature doesn't like vacuums, it works hard through erosion and run-off to fill empty spaces.

So, as the dirt goes out, the soldier piles and lagging must go in. Soldier piles are two-thirds-metre-wide steel beams (some as long as 15 metres) that are sunk deep into the ground around the perimetre of the hole.

There will be 137 steel piles rammed into the ground to keep the nearby sidewalks and street from collapsing into the void.

Lagging wooden planks are placed between the piles to make sure that nothing slips by.

"We also shore up the (dirt) walls with a series of tie-bucks (long steel lances that are skewered downwards into the vertical dirt walls)," explains the 36-year-old project manager.

Once the concrete has been poured for the three-storey underground garage, the danger of an urban landslide ends there is no room left for the ground to move.

"We will start off with a small crew 50 or so," says Rybak. "It won't take long before we have, I estimate, over 200 people working on the site."

After the foundations have been poured, a trio of highrise cranes will be moved on site.

On almost any other project, Aspen Ridge could get away with just two cranes. Even though the build area is large, the surrounding city makes for very tight quarters.

"Three cranes rather than two will cut construction time by up to 10 months," explains a member of the builder's marketing team.

"About 90 per cent of materials will be delivered to and hoisted from one of the quiet sides ... George Street ... to minimize traffic disruption."

At street level, the V is, for the most part, concrete, brick and glass. At higher stepped levels, the amount of brick lessens and more glass is used to allow maximum light into the condo units.

"We do use brick all the way to the top of the 24-storey building, but the overall effect is our floor-to-ceiling double-glazed, argon-filled, tinted windows," says Rybak.

"The brick is Roman sized it is wide but not high. It will have a brown-shaded colour, in keeping with the older buildings around it. For obvious environmental reasons, we are attempting to source all of our building material locally, it will be probably be a Toronto-area brick."

All three building features the 24-storey highrise at the corner of Jarvis and Adelaide, the 15-floor tower at Richmond and George and the badly bent, banana-shaped podium that unites the two, will be built at the same time.

However, because of the economy of scale, the heavy construction will end at different times.

The exterior of the podium will finish first, but work crews will spend hundreds of hours preparing the flat top of the eight-storey structure.

The whole expanse of the roof will be taken up with indoor/outdoor lounges, barbecues, a billiard room and even a lawn (irrigated by collected rainwater) with facilities for bocce ball and lawn bowling.

"This is huge area will be a social focal point for the three buildings, says Rybak. "Our biggest worry is leakage. To make sure it is watertight we will put a layer of waterproofing directly over the concrete roof.

"Next, there is a layer of insulation. On top of that is fine sand screening and, finally, 30.4- by 30.4-centimetre paving stones. This will keep both water and sound out of the units below."

The hot water boilers for the condominiums, lofts, townhouses and street-level businesses will be built on top of the two towers.

Condo owners will control their own heating and air conditioning, and each suite will be billed separately for energy usage.

When Jenga time ends in 2009, the project will be home to about 1,000 people, within walking distance of the historic St Lawrence Market.

About 70 per cent of the condos have already been sold.

Ed007Toronto
2007-Apr-09, 19:47
Hoarding is being put up.

Sir Novelty Fashion
2007-Apr-09, 23:42
Okay, but as I recall it, the way you play Jenga is by taking a bit from the bottom then you put it on the top; you take a bit from the bottom and you put it on the top. The object of the game is to make the tower fall, by your opponent's hand.

I'm not sure how this metaphor applies, but I sure hope it was the Star writer's bright idea, and not Aspen Ridge's.

Roger Singh
2007-Apr-10, 05:44
Maybe, he's referring to Jenga because Aspen Ridge is hoping nothing will fall over by using 3 cranes to build the place faster.

It's nice to know that they will be using tinted windows for the condo. I just hope it's green ones >:

Does anyone know if Builders still go with green windows?

interchange42
2007-Apr-10, 14:36
Waterpark City continues to use green-tinted glass, and it looks like 77 Charles West will be too.

42

Roger Singh
2007-Apr-10, 16:32
Sorry,

I meant to type that I hope it's NOT Green ones.

interchange42
2007-Apr-10, 17:11
Hey, it takes every colour to make up a full city of buildings...

42

Roger Singh
2007-Apr-11, 06:50
I'm totally up for colour, just i seem to notice an abundant of green windows whenever I am going down the gardiner

Sir Novelty Fashion
2007-Apr-11, 09:22
Yeah, there's a definite bias towards lake-themed blues and aqua greens south of the Gardiner. Kind of summer lawn-furniature coloured.

gbelan
2007-Apr-24, 13:15
hoarding is going up ,actually is nearly complete.

Edward Skira
2007-May-16, 16:02
Onsite sales centre has been demolished.

Irishmonk
2007-May-16, 18:16
Can't wait to see the excavation pit on this sucker.

CDL.TO
2007-May-27, 22:27
May 22:

Hoarding up.

http://img91.imageshack.us/img91/2484/vucj0.jpg

(Search tool requires a minimum of four characters. Not good when searching for "Vu")

Edward Skira
2007-May-28, 16:21
I was wondering why I can never find Vu when doing a search.

Roger Singh
2007-Jun-01, 21:02
I received a newsletter from them this past week, and it mentions that construction is to begin next month. I assume it's July.

Probably late July I bet, but either way, it seems as the excavation is going pretty quick since they only started in April.

JasonParis
2007-Jun-03, 13:35
I was wondering why I can never find Vu when doing a search.
I can never find 9T6 either. Anyway this can be changed Ed?

Canuck
2007-Jun-03, 16:44
I can never find 9T6 either. Anyway this can be changed Ed?

Fret not, for there is a Index listing such Developments (such as 9T6) which is stuck to the top of the page!
Development Index (http://www.urbantoronto.ca/showthread.php?t=5490)

Edward Skira
2007-Jun-03, 17:34
One of the thing I like to do when taking pictures is getting shots that have never before been taken. These two are examples of this. For decades the old Goodwill blocked the view from here as an impressive skyline sprouted up behind it. This view changed last year when Goodwill was torn down. This view will remain for a year or so more when it will again be blocked this time by Vu.

http://chartattack.com/ed/VuCondo-May18,07(1).jpg

http://chartattack.com/ed/VuCondo-May18,07(5).jpg

marcus_a_j
2007-Jun-03, 19:49
That first shot is great. When looking at the skyline from the east I always picture it as the signal strength bars on cellphones.

Edward Skira
2007-Jun-14, 14:08
Excavation going full bore today. Seemingly another dump truck in there every 5 minutes.

Hipster Duck
2007-Jun-14, 18:19
Toronto is a pretty "holey" city these days.

Next year we should have a good forest of cranes.

Mongo
2007-Jun-14, 19:44
^Well, yes -- first you have to dig a hole to plant a crane.

I am trying to visualise the Toronto skyline two years from now, with all the cranes there will be then (barring a major economic downturn, of course). I imagine that there may be several dozen cranes visible at once, depending on location.

Bill

Mike in TO
2007-Jun-22, 15:14
Vu Public Art Plan:

www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2007/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-4554.pdf

The public art plan proposes a public art zone to be addressed by the competing artists. This zone includes the prominent corner Adelaide Street and Jarvis Street, the public access route through the site, the building face, the courtyard and ground level lobby. The plan also directs a portion of the art funds towards the required heritage feature.

The selection process is a two stage invitational competition with a proposed list of artists. The jury composition includes one developer representative and a majority of art experts, one of whom will be a local representative.

objectives for this public art program are:
To create a landmark artwork marking the terminus of Jarvis and Adelaide Streets (from which point Adelaide jogs south before continuing east). There is a $650,000.00 budget.

Artists invited to the competition:
David Rokeby, Toronto
Rod Quinn, Vancouver
Inges Idee, Berlin
Jody Pinto, NY
Dennis Oppenheim, NY
Mauro Staccioli, Milan
Atelier van Lieshout, Rotterdam
Jackie Ferrara, NY
Brouwer Hatcher, Lake George, NY
Tom Patti, Pittsfield Ma.
Dianne Bos/Ian Paterson, Calgary and Paris
Veronique Sabatier, Paris

3Dementia
2007-Jun-22, 15:26
Is Michael Snow still alive? Wonderin'...

mysteryman
2007-Jun-22, 19:19
^yes he is

Edward Skira
2007-Sep-12, 13:22
Work is going full out.

http://chartattack.com/ed/IMG_4333.jpg

http://chartattack.com/ed/IMG_4334.jpg

Edward Skira
2007-Oct-21, 14:19
From 80 Front East

http://chartattack.com/ed/MkSqRoof-Sept29,07(4).JPG

casaguy
2007-Nov-04, 18:27
Looks like quite a pit of clay...

http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z133/markus919/DSCN1287.jpg

http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z133/markus919/DSCN1288.jpg

http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z133/markus919/DSCN1289.jpg

http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z133/markus919/DSCN1291.jpg

http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z133/markus919/DSCN1293.jpg

Dane
2007-Nov-04, 21:17
what is the building under construction in the background of the third image?

elook
2007-Nov-04, 21:45
That would be Rezen.

Edward Skira
2007-Nov-05, 10:50
A link for Rezen.

http://urbantoronto.ca/showthread.php?p=130603#post130603

jamesnumber2
2007-Dec-07, 17:29
Anyone have an update on this project?

Edward Skira
2007-Dec-07, 19:25
Look at the pictures above and imagine the pit being another 5-10 feet deeper.

current
2007-Dec-12, 00:37
Photos taken on December 8th

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2332/2096991962_23e70780b9_b.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2306/2096991966_daff276e15_b.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2060/2096991970_83f990f7a7_b.jpg

Irishmonk
2007-Dec-12, 03:29
For a condominium project that gets very little attention on this board, this hole is freaking massive. Can't wait til they get to the bottom and start putting up the cranes. (3 at the minimum.)

urbandreamer
2007-Dec-12, 11:33
Unlike most of downtown Toronto the residents of Vu actually will have a very nice view!

Edward Skira
2007-Dec-19, 12:03
Pit for a crane at the north end of the site has been dug.

Redroom Studios
2007-Dec-19, 18:25
I agree about this site being huge... takes up the whole block. This development is going to do a lot for the continuity on both Jarvis and Adelaide and also close in the park nicely on this corner. The curve in Adelaide St. should add some nice interest as well. And ya, anyone buying here should be guaranteed of having a nice undisturbed southwest view of the office towers with the park acting as a place holder...

Edward Skira
2007-Dec-19, 18:38
Actually it doesn't take the full block. The northwest corner (Richmond and Jarvis) is not part of the development. There's 6 or so buildings remaining in place.

Filip
2007-Dec-19, 19:50
Christ!

http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z133/markus919/DSCN1289.jpg

What the hell are those white trailers doing all over the roof of that building? It looks like an addition gone awry...

grey
2007-Dec-19, 21:35
Agreed, what a mess!

Irishmonk
2007-Dec-20, 05:08
Christ!

http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z133/markus919/DSCN1289.jpg

What the hell are those white trailers doing all over the roof of that building? It looks like an addition gone awry...

They may look like trailers, but they are actually the permanent 6th, and 7th floors of George Brown College. (The biggest "trailer" is the college gym!") Why waste valuable funds on bricks and mortar when aluminium and white paint will do the job?

Filip
2007-Dec-20, 14:12
They may look like trailers, but they are actually the permanent 6th, and 7th floors of George Brown College. (The biggest "trailer" is the college gym!") Why waste valuable funds on bricks and mortar when aluminium and white paint will do the job?

That's unfortunate.

There should be bylaws against that.

Edward Skira
2008-Jan-21, 11:27
Getting ready for the first crane.

http://chartattack.com/ed/IMG_6604.jpg

udo
2008-Jan-23, 13:45
Some pictures taken January 16

http://lh5.google.com/udo.dengler2/R45oABIWOpI/AAAAAAAANPM/PWAtYnDMSn8/s400/P1020440.JPG http://lh4.google.com/udo.dengler2/R45odxIWO2I/AAAAAAAANLE/HrYB_q1B0FI/s800/P1020453.JPG
http://lh4.google.com/udo.dengler2/R45o6xIWPEI/AAAAAAAANNQ/mJLzhM1jj8E/s800/P1020467.JPG http://lh4.google.com/udo.dengler2/R45onxIWO6I/AAAAAAAANLo/8kDYIKXjolI/s400/P1020457.JPG

JasonParis
2008-Jan-23, 13:54
Welcome to the forum and thanks for the pics!

I really like this one...

http://lh4.google.com/udo.dengler2/R45o6xIWPEI/AAAAAAAANNQ/mJLzhM1jj8E/s800/P1020467.JPG

Edward
2008-Jan-23, 13:55
Indeed! Good first post.

avatarreb
2008-Jan-23, 15:14
Some pictures taken January 16

http://lh4.google.com/udo.dengler2/R45odxIWO2I/AAAAAAAANLE/HrYB_q1B0FI/s800/P1020453.JPG


Am I the only one who's inspired to say "Constructicons Assemble!" from that pic!?

urbandreamer
2008-Jan-23, 16:08
Wow so much for environmentally friendly urban-ism. Those dump trucks and heavy equipment produce more pollution than the average farmer!

Hydrogen
2008-Jan-23, 17:40
Those farmers must have bad cases of gas.

investor
2008-Jan-23, 19:42
Am I the only one who's inspired to say "Constructicons Assemble!" from that pic!?

LOL! That was very entertaining, thank you for it!

Edward Skira
2008-Jan-24, 11:51
Work on the base for a second crane has begun. Looks like both cranes will be going up around the same time. To me it looks like there's also room for a third crane.

bar1967
2008-Jan-24, 12:06
Work on the base for a second crane has begun. Looks like both cranes will be going up around the same time. To me it looks like there's also room for a third crane.

There is going to be three cranes in total.

Conrad Black
2008-Jan-24, 12:21
This one excites me. Will make a huge change to the east end.

Redroom Studios
2008-Jan-24, 12:30
agreed! the continuity that Vu will bring to both Adelaide and Jarvis streets is going to really tighten them up visually. As Ive said before Vu will also do a nice job of closing in the northeast corner of St James park and act as a nice backdrop to views from inside the park.

and ya, that one shot with the 2 diggers and 2 dumptrucks really looks like toys in a sandbox, very cool shots! And oh ya, we can see the core and crane of BA rising in that shot too... just visualize the finished blue glass box filling in that section of sky!

Hipster Duck
2008-Jan-24, 12:42
Thanks for the photos. I never realized how big that hole was until now.

3Dementia
2008-Jan-24, 13:05
...with apologies to Udo.

http://www.upside-down.ca/sdphotos/dig.jpg

cassius
2008-Jan-24, 13:16
Bwahahahahah. That's perfect, 3D! Thanks for that.

I always forget about this project because, for me, it feels a little 'out of the way'. Glad to see it's progressing well.

Edward Skira
2008-Jan-24, 13:23
Great picture. I sent it to Aspen Ridge. I'd love to hear their reaction.

Mongo
2008-Jan-24, 13:32
That is definitely a candidate for the next UT Banner Photo.

Bill

interchange42
2008-Jan-24, 14:39
Great pic!

42

Hydrogen
2008-Jan-24, 17:30
So that's where the little puddles in excavation sites come from.

Edward Skira
2008-Jan-24, 17:35
3D can I use it for picture of the day?

3Dementia
2008-Jan-24, 19:55
Yes of course.. if Udo is cool with it.

udo
2008-Jan-24, 22:48
Yes of course.. if Udo is cool with it.

Sure, I am. It's a fun and very original piece of photo-editing.
Please note the 3 cranes on my "avatar" ... it's wishful thinking I guess.

adma
2008-Jan-24, 22:58
Where did those toys come from? Goodwill?

Redroom Studios
2008-Jan-25, 00:37
fantastic photo manip! maybe you can send him over to Trump to help them get started...

ProjectEnd
2008-Jan-25, 05:05
/\ I think they already employed him to lift the construction office on top of that scaffolding. He did it in one try, its on youtube!

Irishmonk
2008-Jan-25, 09:32
...with apologies to Udo.

http://www.upside-down.ca/sdphotos/dig.jpg

My new wallpaper! Merci buckets.

Edward Skira
2008-Jan-28, 16:44
Concrete in the pit. Construction has officially started.

Edward Skira
2008-Jan-29, 16:07
First crane is going up right now.

DSC
2008-Jan-30, 13:09
Yes, Crane #1 is going up at the Adelaide Street (South) end of the site (at George) and the concrete is also poured for the base of Crane #2 (at Richmond Street - north - end). In addition, various other concrete has been poured at the north end of the site too. Things are moving along!

Phred
2008-Feb-02, 09:56
I'm just curious but how are they managing to keep the sidewalk barriers free of posters and flyers? It's a good read sometimes as I'm walking out and about. When they put up the same protection at other construction sites I doubt the hammer even hit the last nail before something got slathered on the boards.

udo
2008-Feb-02, 19:10
Crane Assembly (February 2) ...

http://lh4.google.com/udo.dengler2/R6Twe-Oo17I/AAAAAAAANgc/DwxjMc9UBdM/s800/UDO_0615.jpg

http://lh3.google.com/udo.dengler2/R6TwguOo19I/AAAAAAAANdI/W6n9tTOfnps/s800/UDO_0617.jpg

http://lh5.google.com/udo.dengler2/R6TwmOOo2GI/AAAAAAAANgg/sgzY6X-8oJw/s800/UDO_0626.jpg

http://lh3.google.com/udo.dengler2/R6TwuuOo2LI/AAAAAAAANe4/8xonjj5GKOU/s800/UDO_0631.jpg

yyzer
2008-Feb-02, 19:52
very nice pics!

DSC
2008-Feb-02, 20:50
Yes, good pics and it looks like the pit for the third crane in the foreground of Photo #1.

ProjectEnd
2008-Feb-02, 20:54
I'm just happy that I finally found out where this sucker is! Nice pics too, thanks!

HiRiser
2008-Feb-03, 11:15
wow, this is a huge site. it's amazing how quickly they dug the whole. Can't wait to see this one go up

ProjectEnd
2008-Feb-03, 14:51
wow, this is a huge site. it's amazing how quickly they dug the whole. Can't wait to see this one go up

The whole hole!

Redroom Studios
2008-Feb-03, 17:26
those workers look like ants in pic# 1!

indense
2008-Feb-05, 10:01
The whole hole!

I'm actually surprised that they did dig the whole hole before putting up the first crane. On a site this big I would have expected them to have erected the first crane and started pouring concrete in one end of the site while still excavating the other end.

DSC
2008-Feb-07, 12:57
The second (of three?) cranes is going up on the VU site this morning.

udo
2008-Feb-16, 17:50
http://lh5.google.com/udo.dengler2/R7dX75xCGXI/AAAAAAAANjg/XeiXwXMex0g/s800/UDO_0674ps.jpg

http://lh3.google.com/udo.dengler2/R7dT8ZxCGVI/AAAAAAAANjQ/-qec1AmnweA/s800/UDO_0703.jpg

http://lh4.google.com/udo.dengler2/R7dTbpxCGPI/AAAAAAAANig/dVEQ0atMuyg/s800/UDO_0708ps.jpg

Redroom Studios
2008-Feb-16, 18:02
UDO, excellent photos! nice job getting the high angle for that last one! will you be able to get shots from there in the future as this one progresses?

Edward Skira
2008-Feb-16, 19:11
http://chartattack.com/ed/Vu-Feb16,08(1).jpg

http://chartattack.com/ed/Vu-Feb16,08(2).jpg

udo
2008-Feb-16, 21:05
UDO, excellent photos! nice job getting the high angle for that last one! will you be able to get shots from there in the future as this one progresses?

The high angle picture is taken from the 16th floor staircase of the Holiday Inn Express across Jarvis Street. The manager of the hotel was so kind to let me go up there.

WooWah
2008-Feb-17, 12:42
^can't you just go in and find the staircase? Or were you just being nice and asking?

Redroom Studios
2008-Feb-18, 11:13
The high angle picture is taken from the 16th floor staircase of the Holiday Inn Express across Jarvis Street. The manager of the hotel was so kind to let me go up there.

Thanks for the tip - hopefully some other photographers on here will give it a try.

Looks like Ed is going to have a good view of the progress as well!

CanadianNational
2008-Feb-20, 18:55
Great pics! Thanks.

It doth wring a tear, tho, to see how far we are from the days of the Tazmanian Ballroom and their infamous "Thursday Night 'Rock 'N' Roll Fag Bar". The area's a-up'n'comin'!
That VU site sure is some big hole, I must say.

CityPlaceN1
2008-Feb-21, 11:55
Lots of work on the site today. Great vantage point from the Holiday Inn.

udo
2008-Feb-22, 18:16
Another vantage point ...

http://lh6.google.com/udo.dengler2/R79IoJxCHrI/AAAAAAAAN4Y/zaZsgm4TIrM/s800/New%20Picture%20%281%2931.jpg

3Dementia
2008-Feb-22, 18:31
^certainly got my attention. Please expand.....

Redroom Studios
2008-Feb-22, 23:30
Udo, are you a paid member of Microsoft's Virtual Earth? I have tried going on there a couple times before and couldnt get it to work... though I remember my computer seemed to be struggling to keep up, maybe I just dont have enoug power to run it.

Edward Skira
2008-Feb-23, 23:10
We've got at least one member from Spire that should be able to add pictures as this thing rises.

udo
2008-Mar-02, 13:51
We've got at least one member from Spire that should be able to add pictures as this thing rises.

Check out this evolving flickr photo set (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ltdan/sets/72157603918534774/) taken from the Spire.

There are also two more forums documenting and discussing V construction:
- VTALK (http://vutalk.com/index.php)
- VU Condos Lofts and Towns (http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=8027879862)

udo
2008-Mar-02, 14:06
Just a reminder about how the V is going to look eventually ...

http://lh6.google.com/udo.dengler2/R7dTyJxCGQI/AAAAAAAANik/OjisNsPQUZ4/s800/UDO_0660ps.jpg http://lh6.google.com/udo.dengler2/R7dTzJxCGRI/AAAAAAAANis/hiVaJNmxpnk/s800/UDO_0661ps.jpg
http://lh5.google.com/udo.dengler2/R7dTz5xCGSI/AAAAAAAANi0/-im57Enj6fk/s800/UDO_0663ps.jpg http://lh4.google.com/udo.dengler2/R7dT0pxCGTI/AAAAAAAANi8/Q8iM7dNJbeI/s800/UDO_0657ps.jpg

marcus_a_j
2008-Mar-02, 14:44
^ I haven't seen those pics of the model before. If Vu turns out to be similar as the model, then it will be a very welcome addition to the area and one of the better complexes built in the City in recent years.

Hydrogen
2008-Mar-02, 17:37
I forgot they were going to be using brick for part of the exterior.


Looks good.

ganjavih
2008-Mar-03, 02:50
Mmmm... brick. Looks sweet.

Irishmonk
2008-Mar-03, 11:39
Anyone agree that this would look great in the Distillery District?

CityPlaceN1
2008-Mar-03, 11:55
Actually I find this quite similar to what's happening in the Distillery. Brick for the podium above which rise glass point towers.

3Dementia
2008-Mar-03, 11:55
^I'll take 2 for the sites north of Mill Street please.

Conrad Black
2008-Mar-03, 11:58
Quite sexy and would be a great addition anywhere.

grey
2008-Mar-03, 15:31
THIS is exactly what should have gone up in the Distrillery instead of two inappropriate point towers.

marcus_a_j
2008-Mar-03, 15:44
THIS is exactly what should have gone up in the Distrillery instead of two inappropriate point towers.

http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii181/marcus_a_j/Distillery1995.jpg

Original Distillery Design, by Roger du Toit Architects, 1995. (I grabbed this from a slide show from my urban Design class)

CityPlaceN1
2008-Mar-03, 15:55
Other than the lack of point towers how is that any different than what is going up now? Note the additions built on top of the older buildings, three of which were actually completed. Also note the absence of Rackhouse M. which is the one most people here complain about.

marcus_a_j
2008-Mar-03, 16:44
The lack of point towers is exactly what I was pointing out. The plan is conceptual from 1995, well before the DD opened in its current form. What the above plan shows is something different than what is actually getting built, something that I find more akin to VU than the Spirits. I'm not about to debate the merits of this plan vs. current plans more than that, frankly because I don't want to. Just take this as some other plan that never materialized.

adma
2008-Mar-03, 20:54
Other than the lack of point towers how is that any different than what is going up now? Note the additions built on top of the older buildings, three of which were actually completed. Also note the absence of Rackhouse M. which is the one most people here complain about.

Well, even then there was heritage community protest, court challenges, etc--it was only buried in the mist because we didn't yet have this interweb thingy to spread the word beyond the same old Jane Beecroft types...

Urban Shocker
2008-Mar-04, 14:05
The tallest condo, at the left of the du Toit model, has about the same mass and height as one of the two Consumers' Gas gasometer thingys that stood immediately to the north of that site until the 1950s/60s.

DSC
2008-Mar-06, 17:17
Back to the VU site .... the third crane is going up today. At corner of Jarvis/Richmond. The number of workers on this site keeps increasing so I think we may see it moving ahead fairly quickly. Apart from removing the ramp I think the excavation is now all done.

current
2008-Mar-09, 01:55
March 6

Looking south from Richmond.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2234/2320193852_10e018ce66_b.jpg

Adelaide and Jarvis looking east, third crane is being delivered.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2153/2320193858_883e587362_b.jpg

Looking east from Jarvis.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3195/2320193860_17c460652e_b.jpg

Adelaide looking west.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3190/2320193864_ff2f9635e1_b.jpg

BAC is visible in the background to the left of Spire.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3127/2320193870_33833c1225_b.jpg

Truck waiting for its turn on Adelaide at St. James Park looking east.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2212/2320193888_0059dc858a_b.jpg

Redroom Studios
2008-Mar-09, 11:36
great picture update! this one sure is gaining momentum. It will be fun to watch that western view progress over the next year or so with BA filling in the gap between Scotia and Spire while Vu rises in the foreground!

udo
2008-Mar-23, 17:03
for more crane images go here (http://vutalk.com/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=2&p=71#p71)

ProjectEnd
2008-Mar-23, 19:36
/\ Can't get on without signing up...

udo
2008-Mar-24, 14:15
/\ Can't get on without signing up...

I am sorry - I didn't realize that you have to sign in first. Here are some of the pictures from March 21 posted on the other site:

http://lh5.google.com/udo.dengler2/R-giVlcaBaI/AAAAAAAAOjw/hzTsd5JUzQA/s800/UDO_0782.jpg

http://lh3.google.com/udo.dengler2/R-giYFcaBcI/AAAAAAAAOkA/m6Ct7OoVtR8/s800/UDO_0804.jpg

http://lh4.google.com/udo.dengler2/R-gigVcaBhI/AAAAAAAAOko/dE6-84ulh2U/s800/UDO_0836.jpg

urbandreamer
2008-Apr-02, 19:55
Vu my new open concept office;)

http://i252.photobucket.com/albums/hh33/urbandreamer4ever/th_DSC00407.jpg (http://i252.photobucket.com/albums/hh33/urbandreamer4ever/DSC00407.jpg)

urbandreamer
2008-Apr-02, 20:57
Another Vu of that other office building under construction from the vu site. I wonder if vu sold to those that work for Dundee Wealth Management?--their HQ is also within vu:

http://i252.photobucket.com/albums/hh33/urbandreamer4ever/th_DSC00430.jpg (http://i252.photobucket.com/albums/hh33/urbandreamer4ever/DSC00430.jpg)


PS: Is Caltrane within view?

Edward Skira
2008-Apr-02, 20:59
Vu my new open concept office;)

http://i252.photobucket.com/albums/hh33/urbandreamer4ever/th_DSC00407.jpg (http://i252.photobucket.com/albums/hh33/urbandreamer4ever/DSC00407.jpg)

You have no idea how close you just were to Urban Toronto world headquarters.

urbandreamer
2008-Apr-02, 21:12
Am I getting closer?

http://i252.photobucket.com/albums/hh33/urbandreamer4ever/th_inspiredvuDSC00419.jpg (http://i252.photobucket.com/albums/hh33/urbandreamer4ever/inspiredvuDSC00419.jpg)

Edward Skira
2008-Apr-02, 21:21
Actually The Modern/294 Richmond shots put you within a short block.

BTW thanks for all the shots. Your camera is working out great.

udo
2008-Apr-11, 13:14
This is an unusual panorama of the VU construction site from April 5. It is stitched together from 5 individual photos, perspectively adjusted, a bit cropped, and also processed to increase its tonal range. To see more detail open the full size image (http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2072/2404228447_50c574dd6d_o.jpg) on flickr and zoom in.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2072/2404228447_25321259e7_b.jpg


Since I missed to also include the North End for this panaroma, I am adding a picture taken from Richmond Street:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2058/2414399967_b49417d9a5_b.jpg

Edward Skira
2008-Apr-11, 13:28
I'm amazed at the speed on this one. The north end could be at street level within the month.

grey
2008-Apr-11, 13:57
Great panorama!

And damn, the French Quarter suuuuuuucks.

urbandreamer
2008-Apr-11, 14:17
Vu Condo is growing by the pound!

detroitbootybass
2008-Apr-11, 15:45
Keep the pictures coming!

I love this area of Toronto... and seeing more pictures of Spire in the background.

:)

PSnake
2008-Apr-11, 17:16
Few pics I took from April 10, 2008
Seems like foundation is finished in the south east corner... and they are starting a second level!!! wow.. exciting.
i can't see whats going on in the north tower :( the building on the corner of Jarvis blocks my view....

http://www.gunnerx.ca/psnake/smallweb/vuApr10_08.JPG

my east side office view.

http://www.gunnerx.ca/psnake/smallweb/east_office.JPG

view at night.. east side...

http://www.gunnerx.ca/psnake/smallweb/east_night.JPG

I've been watching the Vu everyday for some time now...... but the last few days they have been very busy....
too bad they dont work 24/7 like the Bay Adelaide Center!! this thing would be done in no time!!

btw awesome pano shot udo!

urbandreamer
2008-Apr-11, 17:24
^Are you in the Dundee Wealth Management building? @Adelaide and Yonge?

PSnake
2008-Apr-11, 18:16
^Are you in the Dundee Wealth Management building? @Adelaide and Yonge?

LOL my zoom lens make its seem like im at Yonge... but im actually at Scotia Plaza (69th floor)...

Edward Skira
2008-Apr-11, 18:21
i can't see whats going on in the north tower the building on the corner of Jarvis blocks my view....

North part has a completed second floor along with completed columns. Expect third below ground floor to start next week.

DSC
2008-Apr-11, 18:21
Few pics I took from April 10, 2008
Seems like foundation is finished in the south east corner... and they are starting a second level!!! wow.. exciting.
i can't see whats going on in the north tower :( the building on the corner of Jarvis blocks my view....


The north tower (George/Richmond) is a bit further advanced, they are up to one level above the rock pretty much all over it. It is all really going up very fast. Great pics!

grey
2008-Apr-11, 18:24
Thanks for all of the awesome photos, PSnake!

Off-topic, but could you start a thread of pix from different directions in the City Photos forum (http://urbantoronto.ca/forumdisplay.php?f=9)?

PSnake
2008-Apr-11, 19:03
WHAT!?! 3rd LEVEL soon on the north end!?!?! :eek: wow...


Grey, sure thing....

Edward Skira
2008-Apr-12, 17:06
Third underground level.

detroitbootybass
2008-Apr-12, 18:36
http://www.gunnerx.ca/psnake/smallweb/east_office.JPG



I love this picture... it's an angle of Toronto that I never get to see. The only thing that would make it better would be a shot from earlier in the day so the shadows aren't there.

Looking forward to seeing more of your view!

PSnake
2008-Apr-12, 19:10
detroitbootybass: head to the City Photo section..... i posted more of my photos there...

unfortunately when it's mid day.... its very smoggy....but once we get a clear day... i'll take another picture for you!

Redroom Studios
2008-Apr-13, 00:00
Udo - that is such a cool Pano! nice job on the processing too.

wow - this thing caught me off guard with all that progress. I walked by and took some pictures of the cranes last week... didnt even look in the hole because I thought there would be nothing to see. Man, was i wrong...

detroitbootybass
2008-Apr-13, 01:36
detroitbootybass: head to the City Photo section..... i posted more of my photos there...

unfortunately when it's mid day.... its very smoggy....but once we get a clear day... i'll take another picture for you!


THANK YOU!!!

egotrippin
2008-Apr-13, 04:50
Wow, I just went back through this thread and the progress is impressive, considering how much excavation work was done alone. I also just noticed those render/model(?) shots a couple pages back and it looks pretty spectacular. I can't wait for this one, that's for sure.

Also also, great pano shot Udo.

edit for fun
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3005/2409881698_b411dfe3fa_o.jpg

I guess the only negative about Vu is that this amazing view from George St will be gone (unless of course you live there). Check it out while you can, it always impresses me!

mysteryman
2008-Apr-13, 13:08
You get a similar view if you stand in the park.

Edward Skira
2008-Apr-13, 15:31
No you don't. The trees get in the way. And since you're closer some buildings can't be seen.

interchange42
2008-Apr-14, 12:58
LOL my zoom lens make its seem like im at Yonge... but im actually at Scotia Plaza (69th floor)...

Come back in from outside PSnake - your coworkers are worried about you up on the roof!

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emacs
2008-May-04, 23:48
during the afternoon of May 4, 2008

http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh285/emacs/2008_05040003.jpg

http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh285/emacs/2008_05040004.jpg

http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh285/emacs/2008_05040005.jpg

Redroom Studios
2008-May-05, 00:16
nice pics! I especially like the middle one where you can see Bay Adelaide in the distance...

ProjectEnd
2008-May-05, 00:34
Holy Smokes, They're Almost At Street Level!

Edward Skira
2008-May-05, 08:33
Actually one section of rebar at the north end is at street level.

Conrad Black
2008-May-05, 09:04
Wow that was fast.

detroitbootybass
2008-May-05, 14:21
This project makes me smile.

:D

PSnake
2008-May-05, 17:48
emacs: awesome pics.

:eek: almost street level... cool.

jmacmillan
2008-May-05, 23:32
3 cranes help!

Edward Skira
2008-May-05, 23:48
^ But a big lot. Parking isn't deep as the density is lower here than at places like ROCP or CityPlace. Main reason for the speed.

3Dementia
2008-May-07, 12:26
My skyscraper geek usually informs/warps my posts, but this "mid-rise" is one of the most exciting projects downtown... particularly give its location. I think of it is the new "gateway" to the very busy east of Jarvis community that is being "reborn".

I'd love to see the same kind of design/development on other key Jarvis sites such as the one rumoured to happen on the armoury footprint (crosses fingers).

A few more Vu type developments would definitely have the much-needed silk purse impact on Jarvis. Hopefully West Donlands will host this type of design.

ProjectEnd
2008-May-07, 14:07
A few more Vu type developments would definitely have the much-needed silk purse impact on Jarvis. Hopefully West Donlands will host this type of design.

Did you actually type that with crossed fingers? Must have been hard!

3Dementia
2008-May-07, 17:41
Crossed eyes actually.

PSnake
2008-May-10, 03:44
1 Day comparison at Vu.

May 08 2008 vs. May 09 2008
http://gunnerx.ca/psnake/smallweb/vumay82008.JPG
http://gunnerx.ca/psnake/smallweb/vumay92008.JPG

Therion
2008-May-10, 10:09
Wow, these kids ain't kidding around. This thing's moving fast. How many people do they have working on it?

detroitbootybass
2008-May-10, 13:19
Great comparison shots, PSnake!

DZ2007
2008-May-12, 00:57
Holy Smokes, They're Almost At Street Level!

Why is everyone so excited about them being at street level? Does nobody remember that they were supposed to have OCCUPANCY this summer? Hello ... that's not happening. So let's not all be impressed so easily.

grey
2008-May-12, 12:21
^^^ Who shat in your cereal?

We're impressed by construction progress, not the pace of this development since proposal or sales. Most of us know better than to trust occupancy dates.

Redroom Studios
2008-May-12, 12:23
ya, Harry is right... if they keep up this pace, it might be topped out before winter.

morocha
2008-May-13, 15:50
Why is everyone so excited about them being at street level? Does nobody remember that they were supposed to have OCCUPANCY this summer? Hello ... that's not happening. So let's not all be impressed so easily.

You should expect at least 6 to 12 month delay from the date announced for occupancy. It happens every time. The important issue here is the quality of materials and workmanship being use in the project.

casaguy
2008-May-25, 10:48
..

casaguy
2008-May-25, 10:49
Pics taken May 24th.

http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z133/markus919/2008/th_DSCN2587.jpg (http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z133/markus919/2008/DSCN2587.jpg) http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z133/markus919/2008/th_DSCN2590.jpg (http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z133/markus919/2008/DSCN2590.jpg) http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z133/markus919/2008/th_DSCN2592.jpg (http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z133/markus919/2008/DSCN2592.jpg)

exstasie
2008-May-25, 10:49
You should expect at least 6 to 12 month delay from the date announced for occupancy. It happens every time. The important issue here is the quality of materials and workmanship being use in the project.

I was in there yesterday talking to the sales rep.

It's still listed that it'll be ready for May '09 but he told me that he personally thinks that the realistic move in date will be fall '09

casaguy
2008-May-25, 10:57
Even that seems highly optimistic. I would say spring 2010.

Edward Skira
2008-May-25, 14:49
Podium could be ready in a year.

detroitbootybass
2008-May-25, 16:00
When you guys are talking about possible move-in dates, are you talking about the North Tower or South Tower?

It was my understanding that the residents of the south would be moved in 6/8/10 months after the north is first occupied (since it will be completed first)...

Hypnotoad
2008-May-25, 21:36
May 25

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3110/2522961332_e228c3b628_b.jpg

detroitbootybass
2008-May-26, 00:47
Thanks, Hypnotoad!

morocha
2008-May-26, 22:05
When you guys are talking about possible move-in dates, are you talking about the North Tower or South Tower?

It was my understanding that the residents of the south would be moved in 6/8/10 months after the north is first occupied (since it will be completed first)...

That's about right. And... it also depends in which floor your apartment is located. The higher up the longer it will take. We don't even fall into the new regulations by Tarion which defines ocupancy dates and how many times the builder can postpone it. I think it will be worth the waiting time (if we have a place to live in the meantime).

Hydrogen
2008-May-26, 22:13
Podium could be ready in a year.

This may have been mentioned earlier, but is the podium construction running on its own schedule?

exstasie
2008-May-26, 22:15
This may have been mentioned earlier, but is the podium construction running on its own schedule?


I talked to one of the Sales Reps today and asked specifically about the Podium.

He informed me that the earliest would be Fall '09 and that he has been told already that it won't be ready for the spring '09 date that is currently being promoted.

Redroom Studios
2008-May-27, 00:46
Killer pic CSW!

detroitbootybass
2008-May-27, 01:40
I think it will be worth the waiting time (if we have a place to live in the meantime).

I'd gladly live in a cardboard box for a year or two if I knew that I would be moving into a higher floor of the south tower with a view overlooking the park and downtown core (& Spire).

:)

exstasie
2008-May-27, 20:08
woohoo. Just put my downpayment on a VuLoft :D

Can't wait to move in! Keep up with the pics. They're amazing!

casaguy
2008-May-27, 21:39
Congratulations! I think this development's going to be great and the neighbourhood is excellent. I hope it works out for you!

I've always wondered though... what makes your unit a "loft"? If it's only one floor does it have very high ceilings?

exstasie
2008-May-27, 21:41
Congratulations! I think this development's going to be great and the neighbourhood is excellent. I hope it works out for you!

I've always wondered though... what makes your unit a "loft"? If it's only one floor does it have very high ceilings?


Yeah, i think that's the only thing lol

From the specs, it appears that the Lofts are the only ones that have 10' Ceilings (Besides the Penthouses)

JasonParis
2008-Jun-02, 00:41
A couple pics of Vu's cranes asserting their place on the skyline (from the roof of The Richmond)...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v465/Darkstar416/Richmond_Roof_2008/DSCN5054.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v465/Darkstar416/Richmond_Roof_2008/DSCN5058.jpg

detroitbootybass
2008-Jun-02, 15:17
Awesome shots!

Muchas Gracias!

Edward Skira
2008-Jun-04, 23:46
Half of the north end is now officially concrete at street level. Another couple of weeks and it'll start to rise up across the site.

Edward Skira
2008-Jun-25, 21:57
North end is now above street level. It starts to rise!

Redroom Studios
2008-Jun-26, 10:48
Ed, time to dig out that camera!

detroitbootybass
2008-Jul-01, 17:13
Ed, time to dig out that camera!

I agree... we need a visual progress report!

casaguy
2008-Jul-02, 12:04
Very cool to see 3 tower cranes swinging around simultaneously on this massive site.

Here's some pics from this morning. The third pic is an oversized panorama.

http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z133/markus919/2008/th_DSCN3120.jpg (http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z133/markus919/2008/DSCN3120.jpg) http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z133/markus919/2008/th_DSCN3121.jpg (http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z133/markus919/2008/DSCN3121.jpg) http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z133/markus919/2008/th_vuws1.jpg (http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z133/markus919/2008/vuws1.jpg)

Redroom Studios
2008-Jul-02, 12:15
hey man, way to come through for us! very cool pano, though the northeast crane seems to be double headed there, lol.

two questions for anybody who can answer them: what is the building further up Jarvis with the green roof? and what project is that with the blue crane?

Conrad Black
2008-Jul-02, 12:19
what is the building further up Jarvis with the green roof? and what project is that with the blue crane?

French Quarter and Glasshouse Lofts.

casaguy
2008-Jul-02, 12:22
Yes, the blue crane is for Glasshouse lofts. I was right in front of it this morning but for whatever reason opted not to take any pics of it. They're working on the 2nd level above street now.

Redroom Studios
2008-Jul-02, 12:33
thanks guys... I spend a fair amount of time on this board and I still have trouble keeping track of everything. Just shows you how massive this building boom is.

detroitbootybass
2008-Jul-02, 20:37
Thanks for the photo update, casa!

casaguy
2008-Jul-21, 15:36
Progress today:

http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z133/markus919/2008/th_DSCN3338.jpg (http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z133/markus919/2008/DSCN3338.jpg) http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z133/markus919/2008/th_DSCN3339.jpg (http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z133/markus919/2008/DSCN3339.jpg) http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z133/markus919/2008/th_DSCN3340.jpg (http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z133/markus919/2008/DSCN3340.jpg)

Redroom Studios
2008-Jul-21, 17:43
love that second pic - really shows the mid-rise density spreading eastward... and how integral Vu will be to that.

sterdeus
2008-Jul-29, 12:55
great pics. I work across the street from the site and see the progress daily. I really should take some pics.

detroitbootybass
2008-Jul-29, 16:19
great pics. I work across the street from the site and see the progress daily. I really should take some pics.

You should!

:D


BTW - Welcome!

Conrad Black
2008-Jul-29, 16:22
They are now working on the north tower's third floor.

casaguy
2008-Aug-01, 19:13
http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z133/markus919/2008/th_DSCN3372.jpg (http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z133/markus919/2008/DSCN3372.jpg) http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z133/markus919/2008/th_DSCN3373.jpg (http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z133/markus919/2008/DSCN3373.jpg) http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z133/markus919/2008/th_vuaug1pan.jpg (http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z133/markus919/2008/vuaug1pan.jpg)

Looking east from Jarvis Street. The third pic is a jumbo sized panorama.

urbandreamer
2008-Aug-01, 20:07
^Nice fly tables!:p Ever eaten off one of those?

Edward Skira
2008-Aug-01, 20:18
One of the most complicated ground floors I've ever seen.

Redroom Studios
2008-Aug-01, 23:20
always love to see such cool panos!

casaguy
2008-Aug-02, 09:04
One of the most complicated ground floors I've ever seen.

You're right. It is pretty overwhelming.

cdr108
2008-Aug-03, 03:29
One of the most complicated ground floors I've ever seen.


What are they constructing?
In some parts of the pics it looks like the concrete slabs are angled ?!?

AlvinofDiaspar
2008-Aug-03, 10:13
I suspect parking ramps.

AoD

detroitbootybass
2008-Aug-03, 15:55
That's a pretty large site!