In the high-end neighbourhood of Yorkville, the construction site for Alterra and Zinc Developments’ 36Hazelton is making the push towards grade. Designed by Quadrangle Architects with heritage elements under the care of Goldsmith Borgal and Company Architects, the 7-storey development will soon add a modern accent to the quaint Victorian architecture found along Hazelton Avenue.

36Hazelton, Alterra, Zinc, Quadrangle Architects, Goldsmith Borgal, Toronto1928 façade of St. Basil’s Catholic School, image by Jack Landau

Behind the yellow steel bracing and historic 1928 façade of St. Basil’s Catholic School, crews continue to work on the project’s basement levels. Since our last visit at the end of September, the project has risen one more level towards grade. Though this rate of construction would be deemed slow on the repetitive tower floors seen in high-rise construction, the complicated nature of constructing non-repeating floors—basement levels especially—often involves atypical layouts requiring the use of one-off concrete forms.

36Hazelton, Alterra, Zinc, Quadrangle Architects, Goldsmith Borgal, Toronto36Hazelton construction site, image by Jack Landau

Speedier construction is associated with the pouring of repeating 'typical' floors, with increased productivity gained from the re-use of the same fly-forms, floor to floor. The unique floor layouts seen in boutique condominiums such as 36Hazelton means that this project, along with most mid-rise condos, will rise as a less expedited pace than the high-rise construction sites found in surrounding blocks.

36Hazelton, Alterra, Zinc, Quadrangle Architects, Goldsmith Borgal, Toronto36Hazelton construction site, image by Jack Landau

Despite the complicated construction, the wait will be worth it for future residents.  With amenities like a wine cellar and tasting room that reflect the posh tastes of the surrounding Yorkville neighbourhood, it should come as no surprise that only three of the project’s 19 suites are still available for purchase.

36Hazelton, Alterra, Zinc, Quadrangle Architects, Goldsmith Borgal, TorontoRendering of 36Hazelton

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