Nine months have passed since construction began at the Toronto Entertainment District site of Theatre District Residence and RIU Plaza Hotel, a two-tower Quadrangle-designed hotel and condominium development being built at Adelaide and Widmer streets by developer Plaza. Work on the site kicked off in March with the start of shoring activity, followed a few months later by the arrival of Michael Bros Excavation to begin the site's dig below grade.

Site of Theatre District Residence & RIU Plaza Hotel, image by Forum contributor AlbertC

A row of Victorian homes, mostly converted to offices over the years—seen above from the front, and below from the back—were also attended to early: rear extensions were removed and the connections to the original buildings sealed off, and a solid shoring wall was built below to stabilize the buildings during construction. The buildings will be restored and incorporated into the project as construction proceeds.

Excavation for Theatre District Residence & RIU Plaza Hotel, image by Forum contributor Red Mars

Excavation has been ongoing since early Summer, revealing tandem pile and lagging and caisson wall shoring systems, and in recent weeks digging has bottomed out four storeys below street level across much of the site. A remaining un-excavated section is currently home to a temporary earthen ramp used by crews and equipment to access the base of the pit. The next step will be the installation of a tower crane, allowing the ramp's area to be excavated. Once a crane is in place, forming will begin for the towers' foundations and the lowest of four underground parking levels. Once started, forming of the underground component will continue for several months until it reaches grade and work can begin on the podium levels.

Excavation for Theatre District Residence & RIU Plaza Hotel, image by Forum contributor AlbertC

Rising 48 and 49 storeys with heights of 156 metres, the towers will add to both the growing residential population of the Entertainment District and to its stock of hotel rooms. The south tower will be entirely dedicated to condo uses, with 424 units. The north tower, dubbed Encore at Theatre District, will contain a 353 room Rui Plaza Hotel on the first 28 floors, and 131 condo suites on the 20 floors above. Only two units remain available in the south tower, both three-bedroom layouts. A wider selection remains available at Encore, including a single one-bedroom+den layout, 7 two-bedroom units including penthouse suites, and 5 three-bedroom units, also including penthouse suites. 

Theatre District Residence & RIU Plaza Hotel, image courtesy of Plaza

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 below.

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Related Companies:  Janet Rosenberg + Studio, Live Patrol Inc., Plaza, Quadrangle