A few kilometres north of Toronto, and steps from Langstaff station on the GO Richmond Hill Line, construction is progressing for a new condo tower on Yonge Street from Collecdev, known as Westwood Gardens. New images of the Kirkor Architects-designed development show that much has been accomplished since the project's late 2018 construction start, and the building is now beginning its ascent to 18 storeys.

Drone view of construction at Westwood Gardens, image courtesy of Collecdev

Shoring for the project was followed by excavation which stretched into late Winter, 2019. Excavation was accompanied by drilling of a geothermal "bore field" for the project's sustainable energy system, expected to cut the building's overall emissions by up to 70%. During this process, drilling rigs bored 160 shafts 600 feet below the base of the excavation.

Site of Westwood Gardens, March, 2019, image courtesy of Collecdev

A tower crane followed at the end of March, 2019, a second crane following a few weeks later. It's been full steam ahead since, and the underground garage has now been structurally completed across approximately three quarters of the site area. The first above-grade progress is now visible, and forming has progressed as far as the third floor.

Construction at Westwood Gardens, image by Forum contributor DarkSideDenizen

Once complete, the project will stand out from others in the area with its geothermal system, a feature of recent projects by Collecdev, that will provide residents with affordable renewable energy. The system will work in concert with the largely punched-window exterior of precast concrete, which decreases glass coverage and its associated heat transmission issues. Another green feature planned is the inclusion of electric vehicle charging stations within the underground garage.

Westwood Gardens, image courtesy of Collecdev

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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