To the southwest of Toronto's Downtown on Lake Shore Blvd, Exhibition Place is where families, couples and friends alike come to enjoy the CNE, trade fairs, cultural events, sports facilities, and the 192-acre parkland itself. Proclaimed a National Historic site of Canada in 1988, Exhibition Place is now adding another facility; Hotel X. Located at Newfoundland Rd and Lake Shore Blvd West, and designed by NORR Architects and New York-based Stephen B Jacobs Group, the 29-storey 409-suite hotel is being developed by The Library Hotel Collection and built by Brookfield Multiplex.
In our last update in February 2015, we saw the 404-suite Hotel X was close to its final height and precast concrete was being installed to the north-end of the building. We also observed the assembling of a large-steel frame, above the 30 foot lobby, which will eventually transform into the hotel's 71,000 square foot sports facility. The Sports facility will feature a yoga/dance/Pilates centre, a weights/cardio/physical therapy centre, 10 squash courts along with 2 American doubles courts, and 4 indoor tennis courts.
Now two months since our last look, (the images are from April 18), Hotel X is toping off with the last concrete being poured today. "Our construction's topping-off ceremony is an important milestone," stated Henry Kallan, president and owner of the Library Hotel Collection. "With the structure complete, we can now turn our attention to the property's finer details."
Glazing installation—which had not yet commenced at the time of our last update—has now significantly progressed with installations one third of the way up the tower completed.
In the image below, we get a view of the sports facility, which has now been roofed-over and is awaiting its walls and interior finishes.
Hotel X will offer guests amenities such as 11 meeting rooms, 2 screening rooms, two ballrooms and a two-level 249-seat 3D-capable "Cinematech" which will focus on Toronto's film industry and art cinema scene. Hotel X guests will also find various retail shops and restaurants, including the rooftop bar and restaurant which will offer guests commanding views of the Toronto skyline, the Toronto Islands, and Lake Ontario. In addition, a skybridge at the east end of the hotel will connect Hotel X guests to the Allstream Centre, while extensive landscaping are preserved heritage barracks will be featured on the west side.
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