Following a summer of strong sales, crews are now in the process of priming the future site of Cityzen and Fernbrook's Tower at Pier 27 for the start of construction. The first signs of site activity were spotted last week, when the development's architectsAlliance-designed presentation centre was caught in the process of being prepped to move! The move of the transportable presentation centre—which has been located onsite since 2008—will allow the start of shoring and excavation activity for the new 35-storey condominium tower.

Pier 27's presentation centre viewed from the south, image by Jack LandauPier 27's presentation centre viewed from the south, image by Jack Landau

The move several metres to the east, which continued through this afternoon, was conducted by Laurie McCulloch Building Moving. The same company has relocated historical structures throughout the city, including the James Cooper Mansion near Bloor and Sherbourne. Unlike the more complex moves the company has overseen, the presentation centre move appeared to be comparatively simple, aided by the structure's purpose-built portability and relatively lightweight materials. (Not that just anyone could lift this structure!)

Pier 27's presentation centre after being moved several metres to the eastPier 27's presentation centre after being moved several metres to the east, image by Jack Landau

After being propped up on wheels supported by steel I-beams, the structure was relocated to its new home mere metres from its former location. The former site of the presentation centre—visible in the image below in relation to its new location—was already east of where the new tower wise rise, but moving the structure will allow its former site to be used by construction crews for all sorts of related activity, including temporary office space, material delivery and storage, and more.

Future site of Tower at Pier 27, image by Jack LandauFuture site of Tower at Pier 27, image by Jack Landau

Once complete, Tower at Pier 27 will bring 336 new homes to Toronto's evolving central waterfront. In addition to city and Lake Ontario views, the tower will offer its residents amenities including a rooftop terrace and pool atop the 9-storey podium, as well as interior spaces such as a fitness centre and a lobby that share a common natural-materials design language.

Tower at Pier 27, image courtesy of Cityzen/FernbrookTower at Pier 27, image courtesy of Cityzen/Fernbrook

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