Earlier today, ground was officially broken for the new headquarters for national newspaper The Globe and Mail, marking the official start of construction on the 17-storey office tower.  Located at 351 King Street East, just east of Sherbourne, the Diamond Schmitt Architects-designed Globe and Mail Centre will bring 500,000 square feet of office space and over 5000 jobs to the revitalized King East office district. On hand to celebrate the event were Phillip Crawley, Publisher Globe and Mail, Minister Brad Duguid, David Gerofsky, CEO First Gulf, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and Toronto Councillor Pam McConnell.

Globe and Mail Centre, King Street East, Diamond Schmitt, First Gulf, TorontoL-R Phillip Crawley, Brad Duguid, David Gerofsky, Rob Ford, Pam McConnell, image courtesy of First Gulf

Developed by First Gulf, the Globe and Mail Centre will stand as the last phase of the recently opened King East Centre, also home to the new headquarters of Coca-Cola Canada. With construction now officially under way, we expect to return soon in the near future for an updated look at the progress.

Globe and Mail Centre, King Street East, Diamond Schmitt, First Gulf, TorontoConstruction underway at Globe and Mail Centre, image by Edward Skira

Though completion of the project is slated for 2016, renderings of the finished product provide us with a look into the future.

Globe and Mail Centre, King Street East, Diamond Schmitt, First Gulf, TorontoRendering of Globe and Mail Centre, image courtesy of First Gulf

Globe and Mail Centre, King Street East, Diamond Schmitt, First Gulf, TorontoRendering of Globe and Mail Centre, image courtesy of First Gulf

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