As construction of The Well's several buildings continues at its Front Street and Spadina Avenue site in Downtown Toronto, so does work on many of its common elements. All of the buildings at The Well will eventually be collected around a BDP-designed, multi-level retail galleria that sweeps through the centre of the site, sheltered by a 35,000 ft² glazed canopy designed by Gartner, part of the Permasteelisagroup of Germany. Recently, the southern elevation portion of the canopy was capped, seeing the final pieces of steel secured into place before the final glass skylight tiles began to be installed.
Originally assembled at the production facility in Gundelfingen, Germany, to ensure that all of its custom pieces fit perfectly, the canopy was disassembled and transported here for reassembly. For the last section, a centrally-located crane hoisted the metal pieces, while crew members were positioned in secured sections of the canopy's gutters and atop the scaffold below, guiding the last piece of gutter into place by way of tethers that were attached to either side of it.
With the last pieces in place, the remaining glass tiles — there are nearly 2,000 of them — can be installed, following which the scaffolds under the canopy to assist in the installations can be removed as well.
Upon completion, the canopied area will be lined with various retail, entertainment, services, and dining venues. A north-south section of the galleria is pictured in the rendering below.
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