The once industrial stretch of Toronto's waterfront now being reborn as the East Bayfront district will soon be home to thousands of residents, adding a round-the-clock population to an area that currently sees only daytime workers, students, and visitors to its recently-built commercial and institutional developments and public spaces. Among the several developments under construction in the area, the next project to rise above grade will be Great Gulf Homes44-storey Monde Condominiums, as construction of the Moshe Safdie and Quadrangle Architects-designed development's below-grade levels progresses at the intersection of Queens Quay East and Bonnycastle.

Monde Condominiums, Great Gulf Homes, Moshe Safdie, Quadrangle, TorontoNortheast view across the Monde site, image by Forum contributor skycandy

Following completion of the project's 15.2 metre-deep excavation in early-2016, the first below-grade forming for foundations took place in March. In the months since, crews have been building the development's 5 storeys of underground parking, with rebar and forms now being placed for the P1 and P2 levels of the garage.

Monde Condominiums, Great Gulf Homes, Moshe Safdie, Quadrangle, TorontoSoutheast view across the Monde site, image by Forum contributor skycandy

The speed of construction has increased dramatically over the last few months, thanks to the installation of a second tower crane at the end of May. At the start of June, earth was still in the process of being removed from the southeast quadrant of the site, as work on the lowest underground level was well underway on the remaining three quarters of the pit's footprint.

Monde Condominiums, Great Gulf Homes, Moshe Safdie, Quadrangle, TorontoConstruction activity at the north end of the site, image by Forum contributor skycandy

Following the coming milestone of the project reaching street level, constructing the project's 240,000 square-foot, eight-storey podium will be the next order of business. Due to the size and complex nature of the podium floorplates, this component of the building should take several months: it may be next year before we see work commencing on the tower on the north half of the site.

Monde Condominiums, Great Gulf Homes, Moshe Safdie, Quadrangle, TorontoRendering of Monde Condominiums, image courtesy of Great Gulf Homes

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