Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

CTBUH Canada Tours The L Tower, Toronto
February 27, 2014
Richard Witt, CTBUH Canada Chair
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TORONTO - The CTBUH Canada chapter hosted a tour of The L Tower, the under-construction iconic residential building in the heart of Toronto’s downtown core, on February 27, 2014. When completed, the building will be 205 meters tall and 58 stories. The hosts were Cityzen’s founding partner and director of development, Sam Crignano, along with Sergio Vacilotto, Ajmal Temor and Anthony Pignetti, all of Dominus Construction. Members of the team were also on hand to provide insight; Jason Jimenez of Studio Daniel Libeskind, Gianni Ria of IBI Group, Paul Ast and Jeff Watson of Jablonsky Ast and Partners and Kevin Sharples of Smith & Andersen Consulting Engineers. The guides gave insights into the project as the group visited several key completed and under-construction areas of the development.
L Tower, Toronto
CTBUH Canada Chapter Chairman Richard Witt of Quadrangle Architects, Secretary Mark Garland of LCL Builds, and Treasurer Michael Montgomery of Kinetica organized and planned the tour, culminating in a discussion with the project team and other attendees at a local pub. Forty people signed up to the tour, and with strong representation from the project team, the attendance was well over 50. A broad cross-section of the tall building community was represented, including leaders from the development, construction, architecture and engineering sectors.
Sam Crignano of Cityzen giving the introduction
After Witt’s brief introduction in the nearby sales center, Sam Crignano gave an introduction to the L Tower and introduced the project team. Cityzen’s management was also kind enough to provide all attendees with branded hard hats, which they could keep. The group went to the main building hoist and split into three smaller groups to visit the top middle and bottom of the tower.

View from the penthouse terrace
    The first stop was the 58th floor, converted into a 17,000 square-foot (1579.35 square-meters), two-story penthouse unit with stunning views. The floor is still a bare concrete structure, partially glazed and with a modified structure to accommodate a large terrace on the south side. The post-tensioned beams were also discussed, which, though unusual in Toronto, are required at 15-floor intervals to accommodate the unconventional building form. The group next visited the almost-complete fourth floor, touring two completed condominium suites and several partially complete areas. From here the diverging columns are visible at close intervals. Finally, a view of the ground floor revealed the complexity of a tight site on top of a performing arts center. No underground parking is provided on the site, and the lack of room to move has necessitated the construction of a large turntable to accommodate the movements of service vehicles.

The tour was followed with a hosted bar at the adjacent Tilted Kilt pub, facilitating further discussion and relationship-building among CTBUH members.
The next CTBUH Canada event, a breakfast series panel discussion, is tentatively scheduled for May and will focus on the construction of tall buildings. The next under-construction building tour is being identified now, and will occur in the late spring of 2014.

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The project team leads a discussion (from left): Gianni Ria, IBI Group; Jason Jimenez, Studio Daniel Libeskind; Paul Ast, Jablonsky Ast and Partners
Attendees: First Name Last Name Company
  Francesco Agueci Arup
  David de Koning Arup
  Alan Duggan Arup
  Fernando Neto Arup
  Paul McMurray Beaverhall
  John O'Keefe Castlepoint
  Sam Crignano Cityzen Development
  Sara Crignano Cityzen Development
  Jason Jimenez Daniel Libeskind
  Anthony Pignetti Dominus Construction
  Ajmal Temor Dominus Construction
  Sergio Vacilotto Dominus Construction
  Barry Charnish Entuitive
  Jesus Cruz Garcia Entuitive
  Anthony Mirvish Entuitive
  David Watson Entuitive
  Sandra Diaz Halsall Associates
  Alex Hu Halsall Associates
  Dino Verrelli Halsall Associates
  Arash Zolghadri Halsall Associates
  Paul Ast Jablonsky Ast & Partners
  Jeff Watson Jablonsky Ast & Partners
  Michael Montgomery Kinetica
  Mark Garland LCL Builds Corporation
  William Currie Ledcor Construction Limited
  Marko Juricic Mady Contract Division Ltd.
  Carol Hrabi Mattamy Homes
  Robert Cheung Milkin Holdings
  Noah Gotlib Northern SS
  Mauro Franzoni Onespace Unlimited Inc.
  Gianni Ria Page + Steele Architects/IBI Group
  Erica Govan RAW Design
  Jacob Shank RAW Design
  Adam Romanov Romanov Romanov Architects Inc.
  Anna Romanov Romanov Romanov Architects Inc.
  John Romanov Romanov Romanov Architects Inc.
  Dan Bacon RWDI
  Jon Galsworthy RWDI
  Kevin Sharples Smith + Andersen
  Phil Fung SRS Consulting Engineers Inc.
  Peter Cai TAES Architects Inc
  Kevin Hu TAES Architects Inc.
  Mandy Zheng TAES Architects Inc.
  Liquan Zhu TAES Architects Inc.
  Brant Oldershaw WSP
  Paul Thorpe WSP Canada Inc.
  David Collins Zeidler
  William Ruzvidzo 88 Creative