The arrival of heavy machinery is marking the start of construction for a new condominium development at Portland and Adelaide in Toronto’s Fashion District. The site of Minto Communities GTA's 123 Portland Street was cleared of its buildings and primed for construction earlier in the year as sales progressed for the 14-storey, Sweeny &Co Architects-designed boutique luxury project.

Shoring at site of 123 Portland Street, image by Forum contributor AHK

The first stage of construction, known as shoring, will involve the drilling of a ring of closely-spaced boreholes around the site perimeter, into which steel I beams are inserted. These "soldier piles" will form the vertical bracing for the underground retaining walls that will hold back the surrounding soil during the subsequent excavation phase. A view across the site shows some of the components in the caisson wall shoring system's construction, including the drilling rig, the steel piles, and cylindrical steel casings that will be used to form the concrete caisson wall.

Shoring at site of 123 Portland Street, image by Forum contributor AHK

Once the shoring walls are in place, excavation for the project's foundations and underground garage can start, heading down just over ten metres below street level to make space for three levels, set to house a total of 57 parking spaces, with 49 resident spaces and 8 visitor spaces.

Once construction wraps up, the building will introduce 117 new condominium units to the Fashion District. The project is promising a range of sustainability features, as well as a selection of amenity spaces appointed by interior designers U31.

123 Portland Street, image courtesy of Minto Communities GTA

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:  Minto Communities GTA, NAK Design Strategies, Sweeny &Co Architects Inc., The Planning Partnership, U31