The end of a decades-long saga is finally in sight at the Bay Adelaide Centre, with work now progressing for the third and final tower of the office complex in Toronto’s Financial District. Originally planned during the 1980s office boom, the project's initial plan for a single tower was eventually cancelled early into construction, leaving just a concrete “stump” of the elevator core on the site for several years. A reimagined plan developed by Brookfield Property Partners finally moved forward in 2006, with a 51-storey first phase completed in 2009 and a 44-storey east tower completed in 2016. The project's third tower, known as Bay Adelaide Centre North, is now under construction just north of the first two towers.
Designed by KPMB Architects working alongside Adamson Associates Architects, the 810,344 ft² office tower will rise 32 storeys on the north side of Temperance Street between Yonge and Bay, reaching a height of 140 metres, or 460 feet. The first signs of work were spotted several months ago, when the PATH network food court was closed, and then demolition began to clear the site. Since then, crews have demolished sections of the complex's underground parking garage below the tower footprint, and most recently, work began on bringing the building back up to street level.
The project surpassed a major construction milestone this past weekend, when a tower crane was installed at the base of the pit. Crane installation had begun on Friday, assisted by a mobile hydraulic crane. By Saturday, the crane was fully in place, allowing work to begin on forming the tower's underground levels.
A photo shared in our Forum thread for the project offers a closer look at what’s happening in the pit below street level. The existing garage’s exposed floor slabs have been propped up using shoring jacks, forming the “walls” of the pit. Formwork and rebar can be seen along the base of the pit, where the tower’s underground levels will soon rise.
Also on the project's build site, a mock-up standing two storeys above Temperance Street features test panels of the curtainwall glazing that will be used to enclose the tower, matching the minimalist style seen on the complex’s first two towers.
Additional information and images can be found in our database file for the project, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out the associated Forum thread, or leave a comment in the field provided at the bottom of this page.
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