Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

CTBUH Canada Tours ICE Condos at York Center, Toronto
November 19, 2014

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TORONTO – The CTBUH Canada chapter hosted a tour – ironically during an early winter snow storm – of the ICE Condominiums. Located in the heart of the new downtown South Core, the twin tower complex will be part of the future mixed-use York Center. When completed, Towers 1 and 2 will be 57 and 67 stories tall, respectively, with a future 32-story office building, all surrounding a central plaza and open space. The hosts were Lanterra Developments and Cadillac Fairview. Mark Mandelbaum of Lanterra Developments introduced the tour and provided introductory comments.
Overall view of the ICE Condominiums from the street. Ground floor interior lobby of ICE Tower 1.
Blair Robinson, project architect from architectsAlliance, Jeff Watson of Jablonsky Ast and Partners Structural Engineers and Doug Wood of Lanterra Construction were the tour guides. Located at the ground level, 29th floor and 64th floors, respectively, each gave insights into the project as the group visited several key completed and under-construction areas of the development.

CTBUH Canada Chapter Chairman and CTBUH Urban Habitat / Urban Design Committee member Richard Witt of Quadrangle Architects, Secretary Mark Garland of LCL Builds; James Parakh, CTBUH Advisory panel member and Urban Habitat / Urban Design Committee Chair and Urban Design Manager for the City of Toronto Planning Department; and Treasurer Michael Montgomery of Kinetica organized and planned the tour. The event culminated in a discussion with the project team and other attendees at a local pub. More than 40 people signed up for the tour, and with strong representation from the project team, the attendance was well over 50. A broad cross-section of sector leaders in the tall building community was represented, including development, construction, architecture and engineering.

After Richard Witt and James Parakh's brief introduction in the central POPS (privately-owned publicly-accessible space) of the development, Mark Mandelbaum gave an introduction to the project and talked  about the history of the development and its connections to the city's underground pedestrian walkway system, PATH, and open-space network. Mandelbaum also provided a history of the development of Toronto's South Core, which has seen the emergence over the last decade of a vibrant mixed-use community built between Union Station and Lake Ontario.

The group tours the exterior of the ground floor, which is still under construction.
The group toured the ground floor interior and exterior spaces, which included the future connections to the 28 km of underground shopping concourses in PATH as well as the completed lobby of ICE Tower 1. The group then went to the main building hoist and split up to visit the middle and top of the tower.

The next stop was the 29th floor, where suites were roughed in with some kitchens and bathrooms complete. This stop gave the participants a glimpse of the streamlined and sophisticated finishes that will be offered to unit purchasers. The next stop was the building's 64th floor, which was partially glazed and allowed spectacular views of the City, and to ICE Tower 1’s elaborate rooftop structure. The tour was followed with a hosted bar at the adjacent Aria Restaurant, facilitating further discussion and relationship-building among CTBUH members.

The next CTBUH Canada event will be a “Winter Walking Tour of Open Spaces” surrounding tall buildings, to be held in January 2015 in conjunction with the OPPI (Ontario Provincial Planners Institute). This tour is also intended to take place in New York and Chicago in the same week. Following that, in Toronto, the second installment of CTBUH Canada's “Imports and Acquisitions” breakfast series and panel discussion is tentatively scheduled for February 2015.

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Ground floor exterior construction with skylights. View of Ice Tower 1's elaborate roof structure.

Name Company
Maharshi Chaudhari Adi Development Group
Saud Adi Adi Development Group
Tariq Adi Adi Development Group
Alan Duggan Arup
Richard Terry Arup
James Parakh City of Toronto
Christine Burns Entuitive Corporation
David Stevenson Entuitive Corporation
Han Yao Entuitive Corporation
Zack Ho Entuitive Corporation
Julia Starostenko Halsall Associates
Andrew Dionne Halsall Associates
Arjang Tavassoli Halsall Associates
Joe Dukovcic Halsall Associates
Jeff Vivian Jablonsky, Ast & Partners
Michael Montgomery Kinetica
Doug Wood Lanterra Construction
Blair Robinson Lanterra Developments Ltd.
Mark Mandelbaum Lanterra Developments Ltd.
Mark Garland LCL Builds Corporation
Vani Aulicino LCL Builds Corporation
Paul Tewari Mott MacDonald
Roman Stangl Northern Microclimate Inc.
Sami Kazemi Quadrangle Architects
Richard Witt Quadrangle Architects
Daniel Snodgrass Read Jones Christoffersen
Dominic Mattman Read Jones Christoffersen
Graham FitzGerald Read Jones Christoffersen
Terri Boake University of Waterloo
Craig White Urban Toronto
David Collins Zeidler Partnership Architects
Vaidila Banelis Zeidler Partnership Architects