Located just west of York Street, Cadillac Fairview's new office tower at 160 Front Street West continues to grow taller, while more of the unique attributes of its design have become more obvious since our last update on the project in November. The canted exterior walls of the structure that were the main focus of our last story have since been wrapped with black weatherproof tarp, while a few floors above the tarp, we can now see steel columns that are taking quite an irregular path upwards.

Steel columns that transition inwards, then back out again where outdoor terraces will eventually go, image by UT Forum contributor yyz222

Instead of heading straight up like in 99% of the buildings out there, the most easterly steel columns at 160 Front Street West are transitioning inwards, then back out again, part way up the tower. This is in the area of the tower's lower of two inlets. These two distinctly shaped areas will provide outdoor terraces near the mid-section and the summit of the building, which will be allow workers on those levels access to the outdoors. 

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

Elsewhere in the building, the portion of the tower that will eventually welcome a restored heritage facade has now been covered with a white tarp, to protect workers behind it from the winter weather. Previously covered with green fabric, the new wrapping is more weatherproof. The materials for the facade of the heritage warehouse previously on the site are being brought back for reinstallation after having been cleaned and stored offsite. 

Tarped-area where heritage facade will be affixed, image by UT Forum contributor Red Mars

White tarp is also in place on other walls to allow for light to pour in while work to install pipes, cabling, and other interior fittings proceeds without being disrupted by wind or debris. 

Plastic sheets can be seen on the lower levels of the building, image by UT Forum contributor Red Mars

Designed by AS+GG Architecture of Chicago working with Toronto-based B+H Architects, the complex has been under construction for approximately two years. The building has increased from 22 storeys above grade in our last update, to 26 storeys as of mid-January. 

Upon completion, the 48-storey 160 Front West will use a total of 9,500 tons of structural steel and 1.07 million ft² of metal decking that will surround its concrete 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 bring 134,766m² (1.2 million ft²) of brand new office and retail space to Downtown Toronto, with TD to occupy 33 floors of the tower while owning a 30% stake in the building.

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