Our May update from Backstage is here! Last time we showed you photos takes at P6. It was also snowing. Now spring has finally sprung and we're up to P3 and P4. Here are some photos of our progress.
On L Tower's exterior, our crews are continuing with the window installation. But the big changes this month are on the inside. Boarding is going up throughout all the suites and in the corridors and common areas.
This is essentially the base layer before drywall goes up and as boarding progresses the interiors will really start to take shape.
We'll have more updates on Backstage on the Esplanade, but for now, our friends at Dominus explain what's happening on site, and give us a short lesson on tie backs.
Backstage is currently at the second level of tie backs, which are horizontal wires or rods that reinforce retaining walls for stability. The purpose of the wall is to excavate safely and to support neighbouring lands and structures. Tie backs are tension members set in the soil that hold the wall in a vertical position. Without tiebacks, the wall would not support itself, and would “fall” into the hole.
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We recently visited the corner of Yonge and The Esplanade in downtown Toronto to see the progress of Daniel Libeskind's L Tower, but we also stopped by the Backstage site to see what was new. Our previous trip to the site in November showed that it was truly at the early stages of preparation for excavation.
This time around, there was a bit more to see. Caisson drilling is roughly 80% complete and the first row of tie-backs on the south side of the site are 20% done. We're still in the early phase of excavation, but the main job for the next few months is to dig, dig, dig.
We hope to reach footing elevations in June. If everything goes as planned, we'll be back at street level early in 2013.
So, we're getting there! In one month, we'll provide you with another update. Check out our photos below, and visit Facebook for the full album.
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Union Station is one of Backstage on the Esplanade’s biggest amenities, and Canada’s central hub for inter-city and national transit. At its widely recognized home at Front and Bay streets, Union Station was officially opened in 1927 by Edward, the Prince of Wales. Embarking on a journey from Toronto to Alberta, the first ticket ever issued cost Edward $71.20, which would cost around $1,000 today.
Since then, the station has vastly changed. Thousands of TTC and ViaRail customers ride into Union Station daily in addition to over 165,000 by GO train. It’s inevitable that Union Station will play a role in the development of Backstage on the Esplanade at Yonge Street.
Backstage will allow an underground PATH connection, consolidating the condo with Union, and even reaching out to St. Lawrence Market. The south side of Backstage is alongside the railway corridor, but residents will find it quieter than living on your average downtown street. Law require trains to enter at low speeds while residential units are built eighty feet above rail lines.
It only begins there. Union station is undergoing a $640-million revitalization project with expected completion by 2015.
What to expect from Union Station in the future
Union Station strives to be a beautiful entry point into the city for commuters and visitors. With strong levels of economic and urban growth, the city plans on accommodating the central core with the following improvements:
Photo from thestar.com
A number of reports from the Master Plan in 2004, the District Study in 2005 and the Revitalization recommended approach in 2007 address significant issues for Union Station and provide as a blueprint for the future. Such issues include heritage conservation, efficient transit and urban design.
Are you moving to Backstage? For more, see our construction update on Backstage on the Esplanade.
Track to the future: Union Station's proximity to Backstage is quite prized.
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We are happy to bring to you our first construction update from the Backstage site on The Esplanade. Don't get too excited, there isn't all that much to see on site yet, other than a lot of dirt. But hey, you have to start somewhere!
The South wall is excavated and excavation for the tie-backs will be starting soon. The caisson holes are being drilled at the moment.
We are waiting on the soil to be removed so that work can progress on bringing the site down to grade. We expect this to begin before the end of the month.
Some structural work has begun in earnest.
Excavation, excavation, excavation!