Approximately one year after the The Guvernment/Kool Haus was leveled, more demolition is now taking place on the site of Daniels Waterfront - City of the Arts. This time the industrial building on the northern part of the site, former home to West Marine, ToonBox Entertainment, Contemporary Security Canada, Advanced Printing Solutions & Advanced Printing Solutions, is falling to Pro Green Demolition's excavators.

Construction continues in south pit while the north site is demolished.Construction continues in south pit while the north site is demolished, image by kotsy

Peering through one of the south entrances to a demolished interior, image by koPeering through one of the south entrances to a demolished interior, image by kotsy

While the demolition itself of such low-rise buildings can be done rather quickly, it's the sorting and hauling away of the materials that adds to the project time. Typically the materials from the demo are slowly added to piles based on their type - steel, metal, cinder blocks, concrete rubble and bricks, which wait to be placed in bins for recycling. 

A pile of assorted metal awaits builds, image by kotsyA pile of assorted metal awaits builds, image by kotsy

Workers will also have to do some hands-on demolition when it comes to dealing with the outer perimeter the lies next the sidewalk on the east, north and west ends. These walls will have to be taken down brick by brick to add an extra level of safety for any pedestrians that may be walking on the covered sidewalks. If The Guv's demolition was any indication, it'll be another month or so before this north building is completely leveled.

Peering down into the south pit as construction on the lower deck is carried outPeering down into the south pit as construction on the lower deck is carried out, image by kotsy

Peering down into the south pit as construction on the lower deck is carried outPeering down into the south pit as construction on the lower deck is carried out, image by kotsy

From there, shoring and excavation will begin in preparation of the construction of two residential towers with a combined total of 900 suites that will rise above a new George Brown College and OCAD U arts facility. Giannone Petricone Associates are the design architects for the residential towers, while RAW Design has that job for the office commercial section to the south. Rafael + Bigauskas are Architects of Record for the entire complex.

North building's west wall gives small glimpses into a demolished interior, imagNorth building's west wall gives small glimpses into a demolished interior, image by kotsy

No more parking, image by kotsyNo more parking, image by kotsy

Rendering of Daniels Waterfront - City of the Arts, image courtesy of The DanielRendering of Daniels Waterfront - City of the Arts, image courtesy of The Daniels Corporation

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