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4 gross green towers are what most people will see in the skyline who are not in the immediate area. The podium details will only been seen if you are on front street.

I obviously can't speak on the residential towers yet, but if you genuinely think the office tower looks "gross" then there's no pleasing you ever
 

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April 8, 2021: A busy day at The Well, with 9 cranes actively working. Both the new canopy construction cranes can be seen, as well as the seven building cranes.

Also - RIP for our last bit of view of the main observation and restaurant pod of the CN Tower - now perfectly blocked by the The WELL's office tower.

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From Tridel on Thursday, April 8. Presumably for a transfer slab on Building 4.

The Well – Concrete Pour This Saturday​


Dear Neighbours,

We would like to inform you about upcoming construction activities around The Well community so that we can minimize the impact to your daily routine.

On Saturday, April 10th, our teams are scheduled to pour concrete on site beginning at 6:00 AM. We anticipate the pour to be complete before 6:00 PM.

You may experience increased activity on Front Street as trucks will be delivering material to the site. There will be increased traffic control personnel stationed at our gates to help with the direction of vehicle and pedestrian traffic.

 

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What's a transfer slab?
A good explanation in the link provided by CheterCopperpot above.

There are multiple transfer slabs in The Well complex - some of which are still visible in photos being taken now. In the photo immediately above, the two buildings to the right (east) of the one where the pour is taking place today, each one has a visible transfer slab. The slabs are where the set back are from the commercial floors below the slab and the residential floors, just starting to be built, above. The slabs look to be around five to six feet thick. The structural load bearing columns for the residential floors do not line up with the structural columns for the commercial floors below them. The transfer slab is built to handle moving the load from the upper set of columns to the lower ones.

Other transfer slabs are located in the below grade areas of the complex, above the service / truck access driveway makes its way through the basement. Given the width of the driveway, transfer slabs are used to provide a clear span across the drive ramp while supporting the load bearing columns in the commercial areas above.

A side note on the transfer slabs for the six residential buildings. RioaCan and Allied, the developers of the commercial components of The Well (the office tower, the below grade areas, and the commercial areas in the podium levels) sold the residential development rights in the complex to Tridel and Woodbourne. Payment for the the residential development rights was tied to completion of the transfer slabs for the residential towers - payment coming due on a building by building basis once the transfer slab between the commercial and residential components was completed.

Here is an image of the transfer slabs on two of the Wellington Street residential towers - the light grey bands of concrete between the bricked residential portions of the building and the commercial components below. As can be seen, the structural columns above the slab do not line up vertically with the columns below the slab.

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RioaCan and Allied, the developers of the commercial components of The Well (the office tower, the below grade areas, and the commercial areas in the podium levels) sold the residential development rights in the complex to Tridel and Woodbourne
Close. RioCan, Allied and DiamondCorp were the original owners who did the OPA and ZBA. DiamondCorp sold its share of the commercial component to RioCan and Allied who are now 50/50 owners. DiamondCorp are still owners of the residential component alongside RioCan and Allied, until the sales to Tridel, Woodbourne, and RioCan Living close. That will happen following transfer slab completions and some other legal and technical milestones.

As can be seen, the structural columns above the slab do not line up vertically with the columns below the slab.
Great explanation. The retail and parking levels are generally on a 9m grid (main columns and structural walls are 9m apart) whereas the residential levels are generally on a 6m grid which is typical. The large 9m grid allows for more flexibility of layout of retail, the P4 level 30+ truck loading bay, and parking. Larger clear spans without columns in the way everywhere.
 

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