In March of this year, UrbanToronto reported that construction had officially begun at the site of Edenshaw Developments Limited’s, Alba, a 32-storey residential development in central Mississauga. Working through the summer, the shoring and excavation processes have continually advanced, on route towards carving out space for eight levels of underground parking, and with wells for sustainable geothermal cooling and heating going down 600 feet.

Looking east at the complete 32-storey design of Alba, image courtesy of Edenshaw Developments Limited

Upon completion, Alba will be a high-end residential tower offering 418 new dwelling units to an area at the forefront of a transitional moment in the identity of Mississauga. Not only has the suburban municipality’s City Centre been a focus point of residential intensification on a large scale, but the local infrastructure is also making strides to deliver both employment opportunities and reliable transit. With a host of projects planned or under construction that promise a spike in density along Hurontario Street, the Hurontario LRT, formally renamed the Hazel McCallion Line, is on pace to meet its 2024 completion target and move all the new residents about the city. 

Designed by Core Architects, the project strives to stand out in the growing central skyline of Mississauga with a curving tower that rises in contrast from its 5-storey orthogonal base building. The project also benefits from a high-level of design found inside the curved elevations, with interior designs by Cecconi Simone delivering a number of meticulously curated spaces that make up a 20,000 ft² amenity program. 

View of the Cecconi Simone-designed interiors, image courtesy of Edenshaw Developments Limited

Looking at the work taking place on site, an image from the late fall shows us shoring following along as the excavation pit deepens. Soldier piles can be seen around the perimeter of the generally rectangular site, with wooden lagging installed between the piles on all sides to secure the surrounding earth as excavation continues. The lowest point so far can be seen in the southernmost corner, while access has been maintained through an exit onto Fairview Road East at the eastern corner. 

Looking northeast at the site moving through excavation after the completion of shoring, image courtesy of Edenshaw Developments Limited

In the most current photo of the site, captured yesterday by UT Forum contributor Tim MacDonald, we can see that a lone excavator remains active on the site as the excavation moves forward. The change in depth is most clearly illustrated by the dramatic difference in the colour of the earth, which appears to be getting darker as excavation digs more deeply into the shale bedrock level.

Looking west at the excavated site, now breaking through the bedrock layer, image by UT Forum contributor Tim MacDonald

UrbanToronto will continue to follow progress on this development, but in the meantime, you can learn more about it from our Database file, linked below. If you'd like, you can join in on the conversation in the associated Project Forum thread or leave a comment in the space provided on this page.

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Related Companies:  Cecconi Simone, Core Architects, Diverso Energy, Edenshaw Developments Limited, Grounded Engineering Inc., Land Art Design Landscape Architects Inc, Milborne Group, NEEZO Studios, Rebar Enterprises Inc