Toronto's largest construction site has been generating growing interest in recent months, as eight cranes construct the multi-tower, mixed-use project between Front and Wellington streets west of Spadina known as The Well. Of the seven new buildings being added on the massive build site, the tallest and furthest along is the 36-storey, Hariri Pontarini Architects-designed office tower for Allied REIT, one of many developers working to make the project a reality.

Site of The Well with office tower visible in the background, image by Forum contributor Red Mars

Located at the southeast corner of the site where Front and Spadina meet, the office tower has been underway since site clearing began in mid-2017, and after months of shoring, excavation, and underground forming, the office building began its rise above street level at the end of 2018. It's been a busy schedule since then, and when we last checked in on the site's progress at the start of September, crews had begun forming the tower's 7th floor.

Looking northwest to The Well's office tower, image by Forum contributor Red Mars

Three months later, and roughly one year after the building reached street level, crews are now forming the tower's 11th and 12th floors. The recent completion of the podium floors has allowed the pace of forming to increase through a combination of the repetition of the tower floor layouts and their reduced floor-plate area. Three distinct tower step-backs are clearly visible in the image above, and additional step-backs will reduce the floor-plates again as the tower rises, and will further increase construction speed in coming months. 

Looking west to The Well's office tower, image by Forum contributor Red Mars

As the tower rises, certain architectural details are becoming easier to pick out. A notable one is the north stairwell which will add a sculptural element to the finished building. With its top two levels covered by white and orange tarps, the uncovered sections below show a rounded corner at each half-floor landing.

Looking south to The Well's office tower, image by Forum contributor Red Mars

Renderings of that side show that the stairwell will have a rising stripe at each level, which will include slot windows at eye level—at the corners only—offering views to the north, east, and west—a rare treat for office workers choosing to get some exercise and take the stairs!

Looking south to The Well, 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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