A new high-rise condominium tower is rising above grade on Yonge Street just north of Toronto, straddling the border between Markham and Vaughan. One year into construction, Devron DevelopmentsThe Vanguard has reached grade between Grandview and Woodward Avenues, and the 25-storey, Kirkor Architects and Planners-designed condominium tower will soon make its mark on the local skyline.

The Vanguard, Devron Developments, Kirkor Architects, Markham, Yonge StreetColumns above grade for The Vanguard, image by Edward Skira

The project officially kicked off construction one year ago, with a September 2017 ground breaking ceremony on the cleared development site. Shoring work followed, and by the end of 2017, excavation had begun to dig down to a depth of two storeys. We last checked in on construction back in May, when forming of the underground parking garage was underway. It has been a busy few months, and forming is now underway for the first and second levels above grade.

The Vanguard, Devron Developments, Kirkor Architects, Markham, Yonge StreetFacing southwest across site of The Vanguard, image by Edward Skira

The Vanguard's podium will stand two storeys above Yonge Street, with the second of these two floors now starting to take shape along the north side of the site. Once complete, this two-storey podium will house a collection of retail spaces, anchoring the condominium units above.

The Vanguard, Devron Developments, Kirkor Architects, Markham, Yonge StreetColumns above grade for The Vanguard, image by Edward Skira

A number of environmentally-friendly features are being incorporated into the development, with an aim to achieve LEED Gold certification upon completion. These systems include four Tesla charging stations and six universal electric vehicle charging stations within the parking garage, a building-wide water filtration system, and a rainwater car wash.

The Vanguard, Devron Developments, Kirkor Architects, Markham, Yonge StreetThe Vanguard, image courtesy of Devron Developments

Additional information and images 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 in the field provided at the bottom of this page.