Yonge and Eglinton is changing fast, and with a new transit line and thousands of new residents on the way in the coming years, RioCan's Yonge Eglinton Centre is getting a facelift in the form of a renovation and expansion effort designed by Page + Steele / IBI Group Architects. The new glass-cube addition, which will add 40,000 square feet of retail space to the complex, is being built on the northwest corner of the intersection on the site of a former underutilized outdoor plaza. 

Yonge Eglinton Centre, RioCan, Page + Steele / IBI Group Architects, TorontoNew addition under construction at the northwest corner of Yonge and Eglinton, image by Jack Landau

The addition is now practically topped off at four storeys while the prominent slivers of concrete wall which will support the elevator stand at five storeys tall. This will allow the elevator to reach the roof of the addition, where a large outdoor multi-use space will be situated. In the image below, we can see metal framing taking shape on the south side of the addition, soon to be shrouded by exterior cladding.

Yonge Eglinton Centre, RioCan, Page + Steele / IBI Group Architects, TorontoMetal framing installed on the addition's south side in advance of cladding, image by Jack Landau

Work on the mall's interior is also progressing, and a look inside reveals some new details since our last visit, including a newly constructed elevated walkway to connect the north and south ends of the mall's second level, patching a long-existing interruption in the mall's pedestrian flow.

Yonge Eglinton Centre, RioCan, Page + Steele / IBI Group Architects, TorontoIlluminated columns in the mall's interior, image by Forum contributor Roundabout

While bridging that gap in the mall's pedestrian flow, the walkway features a glass floor, lit from below, adding visual appeal to the pathway, and inviting pedestrians with its bright presence. In the image below, we also get a closer look at the clear glass barrier lining the edge of the walkway. The walkway is not open yet.

Yonge Eglinton Centre, RioCan, Page + Steele / IBI Group Architects, TorontoNewly built elevated walkway with underlighting, image by Forum contributor Roundabout

We will return to update the progress as work continues. In the meantime, for additional information as well as several renderings of the completed project, visit our Yonge Eglinton Centre dataBase file, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out the associated Forum thread, or voice your opinion in the comments section provided at the bottom of this page.