Sixty Colborne Condos | 82.29m | 25s | Freed | a—A

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I walked by the other day and was disappointed to think they weren’t carrying the podium treatment the entire way south (white spandrel section). Very glad that is not the case! Overall, it’s an original and interesting podium design that fits very well into the neighbourhood urban fabric. Here’s to more of this elsewhere.
 

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Great detailing by aA. Glad this portion of the the project didn't get value engineered given the amount of time the development has taken to complete.
 

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I think it did.
I think it did too: the glass became metal… but this is value engineering with no loss, as far as I can tell: these finials look great. The glass might have looked great too, but if it was unworkable for whatever reason (just the expense, or more, and if just the expense, by how much?), I don't think we are the losers for it. It's fab.

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What we're talking about is real 'value engineering' - the art of being able to deliver the project, as envisioned, with little or no aesthetic compromise. What isn't 'value engineering' is what we too-often see. A proposal which wasn't properly costed or was rushed to market too quickly, then had to be scaled back so that it hardly resembles what was originally proposed.

Yes, what is being delivered here certainly wasn't what was originally envisioned - but aA put in a ton of time and effort to finding a solution which doesn't compromise the aesthetic, just alters it.

John Tishman has a good chapter about true value engineering in his autobiography (Building Tall: the Invention of Construction Management).
 

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