Just east of the financial core in Downtown Toronto, Carttera Private Equities is bringing a new 18-storey office tower to 65 King East. Under construction a few buildings west of Church Street, the IBI Group and WZMH Architects-designed tower is set to house 400,000 ft² of new office space for ubiquitous tech giant Google upon its completion in late 2021.

Looking southwest to 65 King East, image by Ryan Debergh

Seven months ago, shortly after the announcement that the entire building would be leased to Google, the first signs of above-grade progress were being recorded when we last checked in on the building's construction. The early 2020 leasing agreement represents part of Google's Canadian expansion that will triple their national workforce. The latest renderings of the building show prominent Google signage along the tower's roofline.

65 King East with Google signage, image courtesy of Carttera

Now late in 2020, the tower's three-storey base connecting to four preserved heritage frontages is structurally complete, and the first of the tower floor-plates has risen above the podium.

Looking southeast to 65 King East, image by Forum contributor Benito

Views captured from an elevated position to the northeast show that two of the tower floors—4 and 5—have been formed, while work has also reached level 6. As crews get into the swing of forming the repeating floor footprints, the speed of the tower's ascent should increase in the coming months.

Looking southwest to 65 King East, image by Ryan Debergh

65 King East will eventually top out at just shy of 83 metres in height, adding to a collection of medium-scaled towers that step down the heights and densities of the Financial District to the west with mid-rise densities of the St. Lawrence area to the east. Fronting King Street East at street level, restored heritage walls retained from previous buildings on the site will frame new retail spaces.

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Related Companies:  Carttera Private Equities, Entuitive, IBI Group, Kramer Design Associates Limited, LiveRoof Ontario Inc, PCL, RJC Engineers, WZMH Architects