A mixed-use project in Toronto's Entertainment District will soon bring a mix of office, residential rental, and hotel uses to the southeast corner of Duncan Street and Adelaide Street West. Westbank Corp and Allied Properties REIT's 19 Duncan Street will close the gap between height peaks in the Entertainment and Financial districts with a 58-storey, Hariri Pontarini Architects-designed tower incorporating two heritage walls from the warehouse building that stood on the site.

Looking northwest over site of 19 Duncan, image by Forum contributor Red Mars

Work at the site commenced early last year with the partial demolition of the 1908-built Southam Press Building. The building was torn down other than its north and west walls, which have been preserved in-situ and will be reincorporated into the podium of the new building in a process overseen by heritage specialists ERA Architects. This was followed by shoring activity, paving the way for the mid-2019 start of excavation.

Looking west on Adelaide to 19 Duncan, image by Forum contributor Red Mars

We last checked in on construction at the start of August, 2019 when excavation had just begun to dig down below grade. In the almost ten month since, excavation has wrapped up, a tower crane installed, foundations are in place, and forming has begun for the building's underground levels. The building will have five underground levels, four for parking plus a level with a health club and retail space.

View west over site of 19 Duncan, image by Forum contributor Red Mars

Crews are now forming the slab for level P2. A double-height P1 level and a the retail/amenity basement will follow before forming reaches the surface. Views into the pit show the process in action. In the image above, a large floor form can be seen being hoisted into place. In the images below, a pump can be seen feeding liquid concrete onto a bed of rebar to form the first sections of the P2 floor slab at the site's west end.

Underground forming at site of 19 Duncan, image by Forum contributor Red Mars

Underground forming at site of 19 Duncan, image by Forum contributor Red Mars

Once at grade, the structure of the nine-storey podium will then begin to be formed behind the preserved facades, to be topped by the 49 tower floors. The completed building will include offices in the podium, to be the new Toronto home of news media giant Thomson Reuters, who have leased the space for 12 years in a $100M USD deal. Residential rental units will occupy the majority of the tower above, while a hotel will occupy levels 52 through 55. The tower will be topped by a two-level indoor and outdoor residential amenity area perched 180 metres above the city.

19 Duncan, image via submission to City of Toronto

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Related Companies:  Allied Properties REIT, Cushman & Wakefield, Hariri Pontarini Architects, Jablonsky, Ast and Partners, Peter McCann Architectural Models Inc.