Since celebrating its topping out in March, late stages of construction have been progressing at the Midtown Toronto site of Whitehaus Condominiums from Lifetime Developments and Knightstone. Now at its final 31-storey height, the new Diamond Schmitt Architects and Turner Fleischer Architects-designed condominium tower on Yonge Street north of Eglinton is celebrating another construction milestone, with the removal of its tower crane.

Looking north to Whitehaus during crane removal, image by David Ackerman

The crane removal began this past Saturday, when a mobile hydraulic crane appeared on Helendale Avenue—which was closed off at Yonge Street—to assist in the disassembly and then lower sections of the crane. The image below, captured facing northwest from E Condos by UrbanToronto contributor dryang, shows the massive mobile crane extending from street level to above Whitehaus' roofline in preparation to remove the crane.

Looking northwest to Whitehaus Condos, image by Forum contributor dryang

Crews safely tied to prevent falls fixed lines from the mobile crane to individual sections of the tower crane, which were then unbolted one at a time and lowered to waiting flatbed trucks below, to be sent off to the next project for reassembly. Down at street level, the mobile rig carefully maneuvered to lower the crane components, with a stack of heavy counterweights keeping the mobile crane's centre of gravity stable during movements.

Looking southwest to Whitehaus during crane removal, image by David Ackerman

With the crane now removed, one of the final major steps in completing the tower's exterior envelope will be the upcoming removal of construction hoist along the building's north facade. To be removed in the coming months as interior elevators take over the task of moving crews and equipment, the incomplete vertical strip behind the hoist will be among the last sections of the building to receive its cladding.

Looking southwest to Whitehaus following crane removal, image by David Ackerman

Once complete, Whitehaus will bring another 404 condominium units to the rapidly growing area.

Whitehaus Condos, image courtesy of Lifetime/Knightstone

You can learn more from our Database file for the project, linked below. If you'd like to, you can join in on the conversation in the associated Project Forum thread, or leave a comment in the space provided on this page.

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Related Companies:  Baker Real Estate Inc., Cecconi Simone, Diamond Schmitt Architects, Janet Rosenberg & Studio, TUCKER HIRISE Construction, Turner Fleischer Architects