Brookfield Properties' Bay Adelaide Centre east tower has recently topped off. Now in the final phases of construction, it has gotten harder hard to see any progress on the exterior as most of the work is now happening inside, away from the eyes of passersby. Let's have a closer look at what is going on in the podium of the building with a complete photo update.
Designed by KPMB Architects and Adamson Associates Architects, the 44-storey east tower features an extensive podium running along Adelaide to the south and fronting onto Yonge Street to the east that will house primarily office space with retail and restaurants on the ground floor.
The entrance of the tower will be marked by a 5-storey high atrium, giving an open and airy feeling to the place and impressively welcoming employees and visitors. While there's still much work to do, we now have a better idea of how it will look and feel like once completed. With the fire-proof flocking now covering all of the steel beams, the drywall, ceilings and other technical installations such as ventilation tubes, water pipes and electric cables are progressively being put in place.
The floors and walls of the public spaces will be covered with white and light-grey toned marble just like its older West Tower sibling. Above we see that escalators will be paired with a slender flight of stairs leading to the second floor. Below, drywall framing and a suspended ceiling frame have started to be installed at an elevator lobby.
Floors here have expansive contiguous space.
The glass above is reflective, but at street level the podium is protected from the elements by a clear glass wall, bringing as much light as it can from the shadowed streets of the downtown core, but also visually connecting the inside to the street and vice versa. Once the white tarpaulins are removed, the completed complex will give a thoroughly modern look to this stretch of Adelaide Street.
The Bay Adelaide East Tower will be the home to professional services firm Deloitte's Canadian head office as well as full-service national law form Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. The 980,000 square foot project is expected to open later this year.
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