Construction is picking up speed at the site of Tridel's Alter, an architectsAlliance-designed condominium tower that will soon stand 33 storeys over Church Street, just north of Gerrard Street, in Downtown Toronto. Deltera construction crews have been hard at work over the past several months forming the project's four-level underground parking garage, and in the past several weeks, work has moved above grade to begin forming the tower's four-storey podium.

Alter, Tridel, architectsAlliance, TorontoAerial view of Alter from the northwest, image by Forum contributor steveve

Work on the project commenced in Summer 2015 with the demolition of the two-storey Family Service Toronto building that had temporarily housed the project's presentation centre. Excavation followed in January 2016, with the next major milestone taking place in May when excavation wrapped up and the first concrete pours took place for the tower's foundation. By the start of September 2016, forming of the project's below grade parking garage had been completed. The most recent milestone occurred when Alter reached grade back at the end of September, and in the weeks since, much of the ground floor has been formed, with work now well underway on the second level.

Alter, Tridel, architectsAlliance, TorontoAlter rising above Church Street, image by Forum contributor PMT

After forming of the podium levels has been completed, the narrower tower footprint will rise at an expedited pace before topping out at a final height of 118 metres.

Alter, Tridel, architectsAlliance, TorontoBird's-eye view of Alter, image retrieved from Tridel's construction webcam

Once complete, Alter will introduce 340 condominium units to the area, as well as new office space and ground-level retail located in a four-storey podium. Family Service Toronto, who moved to make way for construction last year, will return to the office floors. Where the tower meets the podium, residents of Alter will have access to a selection of amenities including an outdoor area with a pool, lounge and al fresco dining area, as well as indoor spaces like a party room, a screening room, a fitness centre, a yoga studio, a whirlpool, and change rooms.

Alter, Tridel, architectsAlliance, TorontoAlter, image courtesy of Tridel

We will be sure to return with updates as the new condominium tower accelerates its ascent over Church Street. In the meanwhile, additional information and renderings can be found in the project's dataBase file, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out the associated Forum threads, or leave a comment in the field provided at the bottom of this page.