A new downtown is emerging in Markham, bringing residential, commercial, and institutional uses all together in a dense urban environment being built from scratch. Condominium developments are a major part of Markham's new downtown, like H&W Development Corp.'s Fontana, a Page + Steele / IBI Group Architects-designed community under construction just south of Highway 7 and west of Warden Avenue, with buildings ranging from ten to fifteen storeys tall.

Fontana, Markham,  Page + Steele Architects, H&W Development CorpFontana viewed from the southwest, image by Jimmy Wu

The development's two west towers, fronting on South Town Centre Boulevard, have been topped off since Summer 2014. Now, a third tower—located at the southeast corner of the site on Cedarland Drive—is in the process of topping off, with the fifteenth level poured and work now under way on the mechanical penthouse above. The first two floors of the southeast tower are now sporting precast cladding, the same type used on the already fully-clad west towers.

Fontana, Markham,  Page + Steele Architects, H&W Development CorpCladding on the southeast tower of Fontana, image by Jimmy Wu

At the northeast corner of the site, the final tower in the development is fast approaching its final height, with work now under way on the ninth level. There is just one more residential level and a mechanical penthouse level to construct before the fourth and final building at Fontana has topped off.

Fontana, Markham,  Page + Steele Architects, H&W Development CorpSoutheast (left) and northeast (right) towers at Fontana, image by Jimmy Wu

The development is well connected for drivers and public transit riders. Fontana is situated close to Highways 407 and 404, while the new Cedarland Station on VIVA's Highway 7 Rapidway is to the immediate southeast of the development, gearing up to enter service this Summer.

Fontana, by Page + Steele Architects for H&W Development CorpCedarland Station on VIVA's Highway 7 Rapidway and Fontana, image by Jimmy Wu

Additional information and renderings can be found in our Fontana dataBase file, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out the associated Forum threads, or leave a comment in the space provided at the bottom of this page.