It was just last month when Madison Homes and Fieldgate Urban's ZIGG Condos achieved an important milestone along Toronto's St. Clair Avenue West, with the pouring of the project's ground level. In the weeks since, the last of the below-grade forming has been completed, most of the ground level's remaining structural elements have been formed, and work has since moved on to the second level of the 11-storey Kirkor Architects-designed development.

ZIGG Condos viewed from the northeast on St. Clair Avenue WestZIGG Condos viewed from the northeast on St. Clair Avenue West, image by Jack Landau

The project now rises one full level across much of the St. Clair frontage. As was the case last month, construction is currently furthest along at the east end of the site along Poplar Plains Road. Here, structural supports and walls are in the process of being formed for the building's second level. The image below provides some insight into the forming process, showing wooden concrete forms shaping extensions of the structural columns.

View west from Poplar Plains and St. Clair, image by Jack LandauView west from Poplar Plains and St. Clair, image by Jack Landau

Now forming along St. Clair, the project's 6-storey lower volume will create an intimate streetwall, taking cues from the massing of the apartment buildings to the west, though built out closer to lot lines to create a more urban experience.

ZIGG's St. Clair Avenue West streetwall taking shape, image by Jack LandauZIGG's St. Clair Avenue West streetwall taking shape, image by Jack Landau

Work follows closely behind for the southern arm of the L-shaped site, where ground floor columns are now in place, and a scaffold and floor forms are being installed in anticipation of this portion of the second level.

Ground floor of the site's southern arm, image by Jack LandauGround floor of the site's southern arm, image by Jack Landau

ZIGG's ambitious construction timeline places the start of precast installation as early as mid-October, when we will get a first look at the structure's exterior materials. The completion of formwork is expected to follow as early as the end of the year. Once all is said and done, approximately 9,000 cubic metres of concrete will have been used to form the structure. In comparison, 40,524 cubic metres of concrete was used to build the CN Tower, or about 4.5 times the amount being used for ZIGG.

ZIGG Condos, image courtesy of Madison/FieldgateZIGG Condos, image courtesy of Madison/Fieldgate

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