Just over six months after the first shoring rigs were spotted at the Midtown Toronto site of 71 Redpath Avenue, construction is moving full steam ahead for the 21-storey rental building from The Benvenuto Group. In the months since work began on the northeast corner with Soudan Avenue, crews have formed tandem caisson wall and pile and lagging shoring systems, excavated the site to a depth of four levels, and most recently begun forming for the tower's foundations and garage.

Looking south across site of 71 Redpath, image by Jack Landau

The early stages of underground forming for this site are being conducted in an unconventional method, with a mobile hydraulic crane operating at the base of the pit, working with a concrete pump parked along the site's Redpath Avenue frontage. Forming has progressed furthest at the site's south end along Soudan Avenue, where a thick foundation slab and large columns of the P4 level have emerged. 

Looking southeast across site of 71 Redpath, image by Jack Landau

To the north, a foundation pour was ongoing at the time of our visit to the site on the afternoon of July 30, sustained by a procession of trucks feeding liquid concrete to the pump, with a full truck arriving as an emptied truck departed.

Looking east to site of 71 Redpath, image by Jack Landau

As concrete was fed into the pump, the pump's articulated hydraulic arm could be seen filling buckets at the base of the pit, from where the mobile crane could hoist it to where it was needed for the ongoing foundation pour.

Looking into pit at 71 Redpath, image by Jack Landau

Designed by NEUF architect(e)s and CMV Group architects, the building is among a wave of purpose-built rental developments catering to the mid-range and luxury markets. To this end, the tower is set to include a selection of condominium-quality amenities with interiors by Patton Design Studio, including a rooftop space with views of the neighbourhood.

71 Redpath, image via submission to City of Toronto

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Related Companies:  BVGlazing Systems, Ferris + Associates Inc., LEA Consulting, McIntosh Perry, Ontario Panelization, Patton Design Studio