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Two photos from this week. First, a general view of the construction activities at the west portion of the site - very busy. The second photo shows the staging platform currently being prepared - support columns and wood formwork in place - rebar work to come.

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How come there's staging there and not further excavation for the underground parking levels?
 

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How come there's staging there and not further excavation for the underground parking levels?
The staging is supported by piles which go all the way down to (and beyond) slab level in the basement. The excavation will continue underneath the staging platform, around the support piles. Ultimately, the staging platform will be replaced by the at grade ground floor slab, and the support piles will be removed.

This process can probably best be seen in some of the photos in the Nobu Residences thread, where the staging platform was built at the west end of the site, and then once it was in place, the excavation continued beneath it. The time taken to do all this, including the slower and more labourious excavation process under the staging platform, is why the western portion of Nobu is nowhere near as advanced as the eastern portion of the site.
 

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The staging is supported by piles which go all the way down to (and beyond) slab level in the basement. The excavation will continue underneath the staging platform, around the support piles. Ultimately, the staging platform will be replaced by the at grade ground floor slab, and the support piles will be removed.

This process can probably best be seen in some of the photos in the Nobu Residences thread, where the staging platform was built at the west end of the site, and then once it was in place, the excavation continued beneath it. The time taken to do all this, including the slower and more labourious excavation process under the staging platform, is why the western portion of Nobu is nowhere near as advanced as the eastern portion of the site.
OK gotcha thanks
 

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They’re building this large structure along the heritage buildings. Hope it’s more attractive once covered up.View attachment 271163
It is a temporary bracing structure to support retention of the heritage facade during the construction process - to be dismantled and removed when no longer needed. Sidewalk hoarding panels to protect pedestrians from any falling debris during the construction process - but other than that - why would it be covered up? This is not a permanent part of the project.
 

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There's a similar bracing system around the YSL site.
 

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More sections of the facade retention structure in place. With respect to the protective hoarding, if the YSL site is anything to go by, where there is one horizontal level of protective hoarding, and nothing on the sides or top - it looks like the hoarding for this site will be based on the horizontal steel beams being installed at the first level up of the structures - in line with the heads of the two workers in the centre of the photo.

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And 19 Duncan and 65 King East and 160 Front and 1 Yorkville, and, and, and...

It's pretty standard facade retention.
Perhaps folks are used to them being banana yellow...

...but like with cranes and backhoes, there isn't such thing as a standard colour for these.
 

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It is a temporary bracing structure to support retention of the heritage facade during the construction process - to be dismantled and removed when no longer needed. Sidewalk hoarding panels to protect pedestrians from any falling debris during the construction process - but other than that - why would it be covered up? This is not a permanent part of the project.
Of course it's temporary. I'm referring to beautifying the construction hoarding. It’s a ~5 year construction period and the developer is aware of the sensibilities of the neighbourhood and the very visible location of this construction site. Some time back, someone chimed in that "something special" would be built for the hoarding. Bjarke Ingles himself liked my tweet suggesting a green wall to reflect the priority given to plants in the design and engineering of the building itself.

My comment was referring to my hope that they cover up the steel structure with something attractive since it'll be up for half a decade.
 

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