Demolition of exisiting structures on the site of the Bay Adelaide Centre East Tower is ongoing. The planned 44-storey glass tower will be the second phase in the Bay Adelaide Centre project from Brookfield Properties. The East tower is designed by KPMB Architects and Adamson Associates Architects and will rise 643 feet tall, adding 980,000 square feet of space to the complex. To make room for the new tower, a three-storey commercial building and the South of Temperance restaurant were both demolished late in the fall of 2012, while the Centre's parking garage entrance on Adelaide Street has been under demolition this month. (A redesigned entrance will be incorporated into the new tower.) Richmond Street access to the centre's underground parking garage will not be affected by construction.

Bay Adelaide Centre East, KPMB Architects, Adamson AssociatesConstruction of Bay Adelaide Centre East, image by thecharloteer

Along with the demolition, the building that previously housed retailer Addition Elle at Yonge and Temperance, will receive a heritage facade which is being moved around the corner from at Yonge and Adelaide. Construction of the East tower and restoration of exisiting structures will require temporary sidewalk and lane closures for a period of 19 months on Yonge Street, and 30 months on Adelaide Street. 

Bay Adelaide Centre East, KPMB Architects, Adamson AssociatesConstruction of Bay Adelaide Centre East, image by someMidTowner

Bay Adelaide Centre East, KPMB Architects, Adamson AssociatesConstruction of Bay Adelaide Centre East, image by someMidTowner

Above are two pictures of the remaining Adelaide parking garage structure. Below are two pictures of the East Tower site nearing completion of demolition.

Bay Adelaide Centre East, KPMB Architects, Adamson AssociatesConstruction of Bay Adelaide Centre East, image by Roundabout

Bay Adelaide Centre East, KPMB Architects, Adamson AssociatesConstruction of Bay Adelaide Centre East, image by Roundabout

The most recent image below shows that the parking entrance is now all but gone.

Construction of Bay Adelaide Centre East, image by GeekarooConstruction of Bay Adelaide Centre East, image by Geekaroo

Professional service company Deloitte will anchor the 43% of the East Tower, and just annouced, Borden Ladner Gervais will take another 165,000 square feet of the tower. The East Tower will be connected to Toronto pedestrian underground PATH network and is being designed to achieve LEED certification. Official groundbreaking for the East Tower will happen later this year, and completion of the East Tower is expected in late 2015/early 2016.

Bay Adelaide Centre East, KPMB Architects, Adamson Associates

Bay Adelaide Centre, rendering by Brookfield Properties

For more information about the Bay Adelaide Centre project, check out the dataBase entry and forum threads by choosing an appropriate link below.