The Westwood Condominiums is a boutique project by the Alterra Group now under construction within a short walk of Islington Subway Station in central Etobicoke. The Westwood continues the westward march of residential revitalization in an area that was once all warehouses and industrial offices. Network Lofts, just to the east, is a recent and now completed repurposing of a former Bell switching facility into residential loft suites, also by The Alterra Group. It is one of the largest commercial to residential conversions to have taken place in Toronto.
The Westwood's shorter than normal six-storey total height meant that a portable crane was all that was necessary to do the heavy lifting here, an exception to how construction is normally done in high-rise-happy TO, but which we expect to see more frequently as more Avenues style buildings are built here, and which we covered in an earlier article. With the building now topped off, the crane has motored off, and getting the glazing installed on the project is now the order of the day. Three sides of the second and third floors have been glazed since we last took a look at the project.
Glazing has not started on the northwest side of the building yet. This area, where you can see the integrated parking deck at the left, was where the concrete pour was finished.
The building sits atop an existing underground garage in use by Network Lofts to the east. It needed to remain open during construction, and it also meant some innovative design work by EI Richmond Architects, especially at ground level for servicing for Westwood. We hope to bring you the story of those special moves soon.
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|Related Companies:||Alterra Group of Companies, Milborne Group, Richmond Architects|