The Residences of the RCMI by Tribute Communities brought in a VIP for the official cornerstone unveiling held this past weekend, capitalizing on the close association that has been forged between the condominium development and the historic RCMI. The site of the new development is where the RCMI headquarters were, located in a century-old building that, due to extensive renovations over the years, was deemed architecturally unsound. The building was disassembled, with portions being retrofitted and put back into place, serving as the podium for the 42-storey tower that will rise above. Governor General David Johnston helped to mark the occasion, accompanied by an impressive 100-strong Honour Guard and marching band.

Residences at the RCMI by Tribute Communities and Zeidler PartnershipMarching Band and Honour Guard Approaching on University, image by Edward Skira

Residences at the RCMI by Tribute Communities and Zeidler PartnershipThe Honour Guard Procession at the RCMI, courtesy of Tribute Communities

Despite rumours to the contrary, the RCMI will remain firmly situated on University Avenue — they will have their headquarters in the renovated building, gaining an additional 12,000 square feet of space. The event, held this past Saturday, saw the closure of University Avenue as crowds assembled to watch the procession.

Residences at the RCMI by Tribute Communities and Zeidler PartnershipL-R: LCol Jeffrey Dorfman, Col Gil Taylor, The Rt. Hon. G.G. David Johnston, Col. Jim Breithaupt, Al Libfeld of Tribute

Residences at the RCMI by Tribute Communities and Zeidler PartnershipCol Gil Taylor and Rt. Hon. G.G. David Johnston shake hands, courtesy of Tribute

G.G. David Johnson adds his name to the list of Governors General who have officiated at past renovations of the RCMI. The first was in 1907, with the official opening marked by The Earl Grey. The Duke of Connaught oversaw the second renovation, held in 1912.

Residences at the RCMI by Tribute Communities and Zeidler PartnershipScaffolding overtop the RCMI Condos, image by Edward Skira

As seen above, the building is currently hidden well behind extensive scaffolding, preventing any substantial view of what's going on. We'll take Tribute and the RCMI's word that the project is progressing well, with the Zeidler Partnership-designed tower set to rise soon. For more information on the RCMI, including extensive project renderings, head over to the associated dataBase listing below.