Significant progress has been made on the construction of Cadillac Fairview's new office tower 160 Front Street West, where the concrete elevator core for the podium is topped out, while the one for the tower continues to rise. The complex, which is replacing a long-standing surface parking lot and incorporating the heritage walls of an early 1900s warehouse, will extend Toronto's Financial Core westwards. Designed by AS+GG Architecture of Chicago working with Toronto-based B+H Architects, the complex has been under construction for approximately two years now. 

Concrete elevator cores being built, image by of UT Forum contributor Red Mars

The structural steel has been going up quickly since our last update in May, and has now been installed to a variety of heights across the complex, as high as the fourth floor on the podium and as high as the tenth floor of the tower. As the tower's steel rises, the canted exterior of the irregularly shaped building is becoming ever clearer; the easternmost steel posts as seen in the image below lean out, making every floor larger than the one below.

Looking down at the expanding floor plates of 160 Front West, image by UT Forum contributor yyz222

The tower's floor plates will continue to grow larger until the 21st floor, then hold for the 22nd floor, and then gradually decrease in size the rest of the way to the top. The 21st and 22nd floors, as well as the 43rd and 44th floors, will boast scoop-shaped inlets facing east. Above the uppermost office floor, the 46th, the building will begin to taper more quickly to its rounded peak.

Looking southwest to 160 Front West, image courtesy of Cadillac Fairview

Back at ground level, a recent construction development of note is seen in the image below, where shorter pieces of steel have been attached to the rising framework. These pieces, located above the in-situ retention of heritage walls of the 1905-built 156 Front Street West, will hold restored portions of the heritage walls, currently being stored offsite.

Looking northwest to 160 Front West, image by UT Forum contributor Red Mars

As the steel skeleton rises, work has also begun on the lower floor-plates themselves with the installation of steel decking, and most recently the pouring of concrete on top of the decking.

Looking northeast to 160 Front West, image by UT Forum contributor Red Mars

Upon completion, this will eventually amount to 9500 tons of structural steel and 1.07 million ft² of metal decking that will surround the tower core, while the building will reach a height of 240 metres, and will provide those working in it with views of the Financial Core from the West. It will be home to 134,766 m² (1.2 million ft²) of brand new office and retail space, with TD to occupy 33 floors of the tower while owning a 30% stake in the building.

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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