A new office building has just met an early milestone on King Street East, with both tower cranes now in place at First Gulf's Globe and Mail Centre, a 17-storey, Diamond Schmitt Architects-designed project soon to serve as the new home of the Globe and Mail newspaper. The two cranes which will be used to construct the new building were raised late last week, and will now begin work on the development's below-grade levels.

Globe and Mail Centre, King Street East, Diamond Schmitt, First Gulf, TorontoBoth cranes at the east side of the Globe and Mail Centre site, image by Jack Landau

When we stopped by the site on Friday afternoon, the northern crane (visible in orange above) had been fully assembled, while the southern (blue) crane was being assembled with the help of a temporary portable crane.

Globe and Mail Centre, King Street East, Diamond Schmitt, First Gulf, TorontoAssembly of the southern crane, image by Jack Landau

In the close-up image below, the temporary crane hoists hardware up to awaiting crews working on the tower crane assembly.

Globe and Mail Centre, King Street East, Diamond Schmitt, First Gulf, TorontoAssembly of the southern crane, image by Jack Landau

Once complete in 2016, The Globe and Mail Centre will bring 500,000 square feet of office space and over 5,000 jobs to the highly walkable King East neighbourhood, in close proximity to the Distillery District, St. Lawrence Market, Toronto’s Waterfront, Union Station and multiple modes of transportation.

Globe and Mail Centre, King Street East, Diamond Schmitt, First Gulf, TorontoCrane in place at the Globe and Mail Centre site, image by Jack Landau

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