Despite the cold and recent snow, the drone of mechanical equipment continues at the Front and Spadina site of The Well, Toronto's largest construction site. The enormous project from Diamond CorpAllied Properties REITRio Can REITTridel, and Woodbourne is bringing a 36-storey office tower, 6 residential buildings, and 432,000 ft² of retail space to a site that recently was home to the Globe and Mail and car dealerships.

The Well, Allied, RioCan, Tridel, Hariri Pontarini Architects, TorontoLooking east across site of The Well, image by Forum contributor Red Mars

Seven cranes now form a miniature skyline hinting at the future tower arrangement. Work is currently furthest along for the site's Hariri Pontarini Architects-designed office tower, directly fronting the Front and Spadina intersection, where forming of the tower's ground floor is in progress. This building will eventually be the complex's tallest, reaching a height of 174 metres.

The Well, Allied, RioCan, Tridel, Hariri Pontarini Architects, TorontoOffice tower above grade at The Well, image by Forum contributor Red Mars

To the west of the office tower, garage levels are progressing at the 46-storey architectsAlliance-designed residential rental tower, with progress following behind for two more Front Street residential buildings with complementary designs. At the site's southwest corner, the last of an earthen ramp is being removed to free up space for forming of the shortest residential building.

The Well, Allied, RioCan, Tridel, Hariri Pontarini Architects, TorontoRamp removal at site's southwest corner, image by Forum contributor Red Mars

At the north side of the site along Wellington Street, forming is underway at the eastern two of three Wallman Architects-designed residential buildings in the complex. Construction has pressed on through an unexpected hurdle earlier in the month, when the tower crane for the central tower was damaged and needed to be replaced. While being quickly dealt with, construction continued relatively unhindered across the rest of the site.

The Well, Allied, RioCan, Tridel, Hariri Pontarini Architects, TorontoLooking west across site of The Well, image by Forum contributor Red Mars

Below the footprint of the future west-most residential tower, work has begun on excavating a massive underground water cistern. This tank—previously planned as two smaller tanks, they have been consolidated into one—is part of an energy-efficient Enwave district air conditioning expansion that we covered in greater detail in a previous article. The cistern is being excavated down from the base of the pit, with the walls of the tank to follow using slipform construction, the same method of quickly forming concrete used to build the nearby CN Tower. A thick transfer slab will cap the cistern, with walls and columns of The Well's garage structure to rise above. 

The Well, Allied, RioCan, Tridel, Hariri Pontarini Architects, TorontoCistern excavation at site of The Well, image by Forum contributor Red Mars

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