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CTBUH Canada Hosts Tour of Toronto’s Bay Adelaide Centre East Tower
August 22, 2014
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TORONTO – On a sunny summer Friday afternoon, the CTBUH Canada chapter hosted a tour of Toronto’s Bay Adelaide Centre East Tower, currently under construction in the heart of the city’s business district. When completed, the building will be 196 meters tall and 44 stories, a height capped by its shadow impact on the nearby Nathan Phillips Square at City Hall. The host was Brookfield Properties’ Senior Vice President of Development, Ryk Stryland, who has been working on this project for almost 30 years since its previous incarnation, which was halted mid-construction in the early 1990s. Facilitated and chaperoned by the construction manager Brookfield Multiplex, members of the consultant and development team were also on hand to provide insight; KPMB Principal Goran Milosevic, Adamson Associates Principal Bill Bradley, Brookfield’s Senior Construction Manager Robert Erochko and Entuitive Principal and former CTBUH Canada representative Barry Charnish.
View from the top floor of Bay Adelaide West.
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 bar. Forty people signed up to the tour, and with strong representation from the project team the attendance was close to 50 in spite of its summer Friday afternoon time slot, when many people are out of the city. A broad cross section of the tall building community was represented, including leaders from sectors including development, construction, architecture and engineering. There were additionally several students from the University of Toronto’s Engineering program.
Ryk Stryland gives a history and overview of the project. Cantilevered steel structure provides column-free corners with L-shaped glazing units to minimize mullions.
In addition to people bringing their own hard hats and safety boots, Brookfield Multiplex were also kind enough to provide all attendees with safety vests and protective eye wear, following part of its mandate for additional safety beyond customary Canadian standards. After Witt’s brief introduction on the sidewalk besides the site trailer, the attendees were split into three groups and moved through tour stations located at the 3rd, 19th and 27th floors. The team gave insights into the project as three groups visited those key under-construction areas of the development and were able to witness the unusual open-web steel joist and rolled steel structure, the cantilever that supports the column-free building corners, the installation of the Oldcastle curtain wall system, and of particular interest, the custom L-shaped corner units. On the third floor, Ryk Stryland gave an overview of the building’s urban development, including the panelized relocation of a heritage building, the connection to the city’s PATH system (27 km underground pedestrian network) and the influence of the building’s main tenant, Deloitte – which insisted that the building be LEED Platinum, rather than the Brookfield Gold standard.

Tour Representatives, from left to right: Bill Bradley, Adamson Associates; Barry Charnish, Entuitive; Goran Milosevic, KPMB; Ryk Stryland, Brookfield Properties; Richard Witt, Quadrangle Architects & Canadian Chapter Chairman.
As has become customary, the tour was followed with a hosted bar at the nearby, and aptly named, Vertical. Located in the base of Canada’s tallest building, First Canadian Place (also owned in part by Brookfield), the hosted bar facilitated further discussion and relationship-building among CTBUH members. The next CTBUH Canada event, a breakfast series panel discussion, is tentatively scheduled for October, and will focus on the construction of tall buildings.

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Attendees:
Last Name First Name Company
Bradley Bill Adamson Architects
Bajari Ophelia Arup
Duggan Alan Arup
Terry Richard Arup
Verity Michael B&V
Bonnici Bryan Bionik Labs
Erochko Robert Brookfield Office Properties
Stryland Ryk Brookfield Office Properties
Linde Louis Brookfiled Multiplex
Parakh James City of Toronto
Charnish Barry Entuitive
Sutherland Rob Euro Pacific Canada
Goring Derek First Gulf
Gabrielli Guillermo Halsall Associates
Kimmell Alison Hines
Savoie Leona Hullmark Developments Ltd.
Montgomery Michael Kinetica
Pant Deepak Kinetica
Milosevic Goran KPMB
Garland Karin LCL Builds Corporation
Garland Mark LCL Builds Corporation
Currie Bill Ledcor Construction Limited
Barclay Eddie Pivotal Projects
Stewart Brad Pivotal Projects
Witt Richard Quadrangle Architects Ltd.
MacLean Kevin Read Jones Christoffersen
Mattman Dominic Read Jones Christoffersen
Wu Hanqing RWDI
Topuzi Elda Ryerson University CPRE
Zhang Yifu Silver Heights Development
Dosani Soniya TAES Architects Inc.
Peng Frank TAES Architects Inc.
Zheng Mandy TAES Architects Inc.
Zhu Liquan TAES Architects Inc.
Beigi Hossein Agha University of Toronto
Binder Justin University of Toronto
Bothia Luis Ardila University of Toronto
Martyr Rossini University of Toronto
Mojiri Saeid University of Toronto
Pakpour Farbod University of Toronto
Salmon Jeff University of Toronto
Tong Fei University of Toronto
Landeau Jack Urban Toronto
Gross Sandy US Department of Treasury
Bannister David WSP Group
Thrope Paul WSP Group