Ocean Club Condos has been topped off for a few weeks now amongst its neighbouring towers in the quickly growing Humber Bay Shores neighbourhood of southeastern Etobicoke. Following the curve of Lake Ontario where both the Humber River and Mimico Creek enter the great lake, the high-rise neighbourhood meets the blue with a lot of green—the increasingly popular Humber Bay Parks—through which the waterfront bicycle and pedestrian trail and flow, and where boaters of all kinds find marinas and coves to tie up or drop anchor in. It's become a pretty nice spot, and at sunset yesterday evening, the park was full of people enjoying its atmosphere.
The Graywood Developments and Beaverhall Homes project includes the 39-storey tower we are focusing on today, a 10-storey boutique building at its foot, and will soon have a 5-storey commercial building front Lake Shore Boulevard. Ocean Club's roof slopes up to a peak in the southwest corner. Under the roof is a double-height mechanical penthouse which has begun to be fitted out with the equipment which will keep life comfortable here while being hidden from view. Well, not totally hidden—the mechanical penthouse will be partially glazed in, having some of the best views of Toronto and Lake Ontario in perpetuity.
When we arrived to check it all out, it was time to switch on the GoPro to give you a feel for the setting.
It's quite the spot up there. At its very top are the HVAC evaporators.
They are spring mounted at several points. This ensures that occupants of the floors below don't feel the vibrations from these machines doing their job to keep everyone in climate controlled comfort.
Little of the rest of the equipment that will eventually fill the space is up top yet. Most of what you can see here are materials that will be used to finish the space first.
Looking back through the mechanical level, over a pile of insulation soon to go up on the concrete walls.
One of the boilers awaits final installation in one corner of the space. That Tuscan red looks great in the photo. Only the janitors will get to appreciate it in the future!
One floor below all of that are the penthouse units. There's nothing on these floors yet other than concrete, construction fencing, and the amazing views.
Three units (with 10 or 11 foot high ceilings) will split the crazy-great views from this floor.
When you move 'round to the southwest side, the shaft of the crane comes into view (along with neighbouring towers both complete and under construction along the Mimico Creek).
The Page + Steele / IBI Group Architects design of the building is meant to evoke the shapes of the sails of boats that ply the coves here. Most obvious on the southwest face, this side features a sweeping curve which gives each unit wide views…
…and the views from up here look like this:
One level above again, the roof over the penthouses is currently full of the equipment and materials needed to build Ocean Club, acting as a temporary staging area for whatever might be needed. The yellow construction fencing up here will be hoisted back down to ground level soon enough as the remaining unclad floors are glazed and the fence is no longer needed.
Leaning against the crane in the back of the photo above is a ladder, part of the crane operator's commute to work and back each day. In profile below, we get a reminder of just how few people are suited to doing this gravity-defying job, whether the ladder is secured to the crane or not. (It is, you just can't make it out in these photos!) Our commute is more tame than that; our occasional thrills from the construction hoist rides are excitement enough, thank you!
When it's all done, how will Ocean Club look? It should look like this:
That's it for today, but we will be back with one more Ocean Club report soon. In the meantime, you can learn more about the development from our dataBase file, linked below. Want to join in the discussion on Ocean Club? Choose one of the associated Forum thread links, or leave a comment in the space provided on this page.
|Related Companies:||Baker Real Estate Inc., Beaverhall Homes, Graywood Developments, Montana Steele, Page + Steele / IBI Group Architects, Strybos Barron King, Tomas Pearce Interior Design Consulting Inc|