Construction of One Bloor East by Great Gulf is well underway and headed for street level. The below-grade garage work is ongoing, to be followed by a shopping concourse as well as retail in the first two storeys of the six-storey podium fronting Yonge and Bloor.

The builder, Tucker Hi-Rise Construction, is managing to complete one of the large and complicated underground levels every three weeks now. While this is about a third the speed that the typical floors will take once the building is above the podium, this rate for a lower level where each is different is still fast. The efficiency is in large part due to the company's use of a proprietary 5D 'BEEM' construction modelling system, a customized variation on the industry-standard BIM (Building Information Modeling) that helps in the coordination process to avoid conflict between the trades' work.

UrbanToronto contributor Jack Landau provides photos of the construction site from a wet day last week.

Great Gulf Homes, Hariri Pontarini Architects, One Bloor EastConstruction of One Bloor East, photo by Jack Landau

Great Gulf Homes, Hariri Pontarini Architects, One Bloor EastConstruction of One Bloor East, photo by Jack Landau

Great Gulf Homes, Hariri Pontarini Architects, One Bloor EastConstruction of One Bloor East, photo by Jack Landau

Great Gulf Homes, Hariri Pontarini Architects, One Bloor EastConstruction of One Bloor East, photo by Jack Landau

Hariri-Pontarini Architects' sensuous design for One Bloor East will incorporate swept curving balconies with gradually shifting balconies, creating an overall sculptural effect. The sculpting of the building's exterior will carry through into key areas of the interiors, and then develop a more regular form to avoid compromising the suites. Collaborating on the interiors is Cecconi Simone and Janet Rosenberg + Associates is designing the 7th floor outdoor amenity space and landscaping.

Great Gulf Homes, Hariri Pontarini Architects, One Bloor EastOne Bloor East, rendering courtesy of Great Gulf

The highrise will climb to its ultimate height of 75 storeys and will inevitably become one of the city's better known landmarks. Construction of One Bloor East is scheduled to be completed in 2015. For additional information and renderings, click on the dataBase link provided below. To get involved in the discussion about the project, you can check out the related thread here.