With many people on vacation over the period between Christmas and New Years, there was a diminished work force on the job this past Monday. Retail workers were kept busy by the throngs at the city's shops of course, but workers with less comfortable surroundings were on the job at many construction sites around the city too, despite a temperature of minus 9°! The crisp light of the clear day provided UrbanToronto contributor Zeiss with a great view of one of those projects.

Zeiss lives on a high floor at Harbour Square and faces Downtown. In his field of view over the past decade have been many new construction projects as the city's Southcore area has come to life, but none have been as front-and-centre than the new RBC WaterPark Place III tower now growing on Queens Quay. With work on the concrete structure finished, builder EllisDon has now shifted to framing the WZMH Architects-designed building's mechanical penthouse with steel girders.

The view of RBC WaterPark Place III from Zeiss's condo, image by Zeiss

That's the late afternoon view above, but earlier in the day, Zeiss caught these images of the frame units being hoisted to the building's top levels by the crane, and the rather fearless ironworkers who then install the pieces in place.

Girders arrive for installation atop RBC WaterPark Place III, image by Zeiss

An ironworker 31 storeys above ground level at RBC WaterPark Place III, image by Zeiss

Work continues atop RBC WaterPark Place III, image by Zeiss

Work continues atop RBC WaterPark Place III, image by Zeiss

A beam is lowered within reach of ironworkers at RBC WaterPark Place III, image by Zeiss

Work continues atop RBC WaterPark Place III, while Ïce Condos stand out behind, image by Zeiss

There can't be too many jobs in Toronto that demand more sangfroid than what these guys do, and even the fact that they are attached to the building by cables wouldn't steady the empathetic nerves of too many of those reading this.

Want to know more about RBC WaterPark Place III? Check out the dataBase page for this Oxford Properties project, linked below. You can get in on the discussion by clicking on the associated Forum thread link or by leaving a comment in the space provided on this page.

Related Companies:  DTAH, EllisDon, Kramer Design Associates Limited, Oxford Properties Group, RJC Engineers, WSP, WZMH Architects