Construction is picking up speed at the site of First Gulf's Globe and Mail Centre, a 17-storey, Diamond Schmitt Architects-designed office building that will add 500,000 square feet of new office space to King Street East. The development reached a milestone back at the start of February when construction of the building reached street level.

Globe and Mail Centre, First Gulf, Diamond Schmitt Architects, TorontoAerial view of the Globe and Mail Centre construction site, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor Razz

In the time since, the ground floor of the building has been poured, and work is now under way on the central sections of the second floor. At the north and south ends of the site, floor and wall forms are still in the process of being put in place for second level work. 

Globe and Mail Centre, First Gulf, Diamond Schmitt Architects, TorontoAerial view of the Globe and Mail Centre construction site's south side, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor Razz

With the building now rising above street level and the mercury rising into the double digits, the rate of construction at The Globe and Mail Centre can be expected to increase in the coming weeks, as crews will soon get into the rhythm of pouring the tower's mostly repetitive floorplates.

Globe and Mail Centre, First Gulf, Diamond Schmitt Architects, TorontoConstruction worker at the Globe and Mail Centre site, image by Jack Landau

When completed in 2016, the building will offer open floorplates will full height glass curtain wall with floor to ceiling glass. The Globe and Mail Centre will also feature multiple outdoor terraces throughout the building, an increasingly popular feature in office buildings. In addition, tenants will have access to a dedicated fitness facility.

Globe and Mail Centre, First Gulf, Diamond Schmitt Architects, TorontoGlobe and Mail Centre construction site viewed from the southeast corner of Front and Berkeley, image by Jack Landau

Though the building will be little more than a 5 minute streetcar ride east from King subway station, commutes will be made even easier thanks to a round trip shuttle bus service running between Union Station and The Globe and Mail Centre every 10 minutes.

Globe and Mail Centre, First Gulf, Diamond Schmitt Architects, TorontoGlobe and Mail Centre construction site viewed from the west on King Street East, image by Jack Landau

For additional information and renderings, head over to the project's dataBase file, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out the Forum thread, or leave a comment in the space provided at the bottom of this page.