A new Ontario Court of Justice building is rising above the corner of Armoury Street and Centre Avenue, immediately northwest of City Hall in Downtown Toronto. The Infrastructure Ontario project will bring a 17-storey building designed by world-renowned architects Renzo Piano Building Workshop working with Toronto-based NORR Architects to the long-underutilized site, which will relocate several existing Ontario court facilities from various locations around the city into a single building.

Panoramic view of Ontario Court of Justice site, image by Forum contributor Red Mars

It's been a busy couple of months since the time of our last update at the start of October, when crews from EllisDon had begun forming the tower's ground level. This first floor is now largely in place and the first floors and support columns have been poured for the second level, with work having progressed the furthest at the northwest corner of the site.

Atrium columns at Ontario Court of Justice site, image by Forum contributor AlbertC

Concrete pouring has been absent at the site's southeast corner, where building's multi-storey atrium will be located. The first structural elements for this atrium appeared last month, when a 20-metre-tall steel reinforcement structure appeared. This and additional large frames will transfer the structural load of the tower floors above through the atrium's open space and down to the foundations below.

Atrium columns at Ontario Court of Justice site, image by Forum contributor AlbertC

The atrium columns will be encased in poured concrete and a finish coat. A look at the four-storey atrium's rendering puts the construction photos into perspective, with the positioning and aesthetic of the atrium columns clearly visible front and centre. 

Interior of the atrium, image via submission to City of Toronto

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 below.

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Related Companies:  +VG Architects • The Ventin Group Ltd, EllisDon, Infrastructure Ontario, Live Patrol Inc., NORR Architects & Engineers Limited, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Trillium Architectural Products