Photo Credit - Jeff Hurst.
March 13, 2019
TORONTO– More than 50 people participated in the CTBUH Canada Construction Tour of the Monde Condominium. This 44-story, 550-unit condominium building was designed by Safdie Architects and Quadrangle. Monde is one of the first developments facilitated by Waterfront Toronto.
Alan Vihant, Executive Vice President, Great Gulf, the developer, oriented the tour group with an overview of the Project including displays of numerous project photos and models on the Level 10 amenity floor. Alan described several of the unique features of the LEED Gold building. There are 134 different suite styles, and condominium buyers had seven different upgrade levels from which to choose; thus, purchasers had a wide range of finishes and upgrades to select.
Following the orientation, the tour group was split into three separate groups of 15 people each. Great Gulf and Tucker HiRise provided chaperones for the three tour groups, escorting each group to three different lecture zones for the building tour.
Andre Antanaitis, Development Manager, Great Gulf, led a walkabout tour of the urban connections at the base of the building. Sherbourne Common public park is the front door to Monde. The midblock connection aligns with the centerline of Sherbourne Common and extends through to Bonnycastle Street. Waterfront Toronto has plans for further enhancements to Bonnycastle Street as an urban boulevard.
The majority of the ground floor is fit for retail and commercial spaces. All of the commercial spaces are double story height, and after occupancy there will be a café promenade all along the eastern boundary of Sherbourne Common that will act to anchor Monde as a waterfront destination. At the north, the modified curtain wall façade has upgraded sound attenuation, insulating the home owners from the traffic noise of the Gardiner Expressway.
Yoav Ickowicz, Project Architect, Quadrangle, hosted a talk at the Level 10 amenity floor, which totals 19,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space. After presenting an overview of the building’s overall design, the group moved to the south terrace where the balcony design could be best appreciated. The jutting balconies are fascinating, as shown in the accompanying photos. The construction team nicknamed the jutting balconies “diving boards” because they are narrow in the width dimension and long in the depth dimension, quite different than traditional balcony designs. Yoav elaborated on the technical challenges of the building design and answered questions from the group.
The development agreements concluded between Waterfront Toronto and Redpath Sugar placed several restrictions on the neighborhood development guidelines; one such guideline was the installation of charcoal filters throughout the building. The Redpath Sugar industrial plant remains a prominent industrial landmark on the waterfront that has secured protections from neighboring developments to maintain operations.
Next, Tim Aubrey, Customer Service Manager, Great Gulf, presented two show suites at the upper levels of the building. Suite 3708 is Tim’s favorite and Suite 3906 has been purchased by the Princess Margaret Hospital for their upcoming charity lottery. The Princess Margaret Suite is fully furnished. Tim explained the many custom features of the condominium finishes, including solid Corian islands, awning window units embedded inside the unitized curtain wall panels, concrete-filled HSS round columns at a corner point of the jutting balconies for structural support, and heat pump clothes dryers that require no dryer duct. Of particular note, Tim emphasized the high quality achieved with the trade contractors and the finishes in the units. Great Gulf’s deficiency control program with the trades ensures they are fully paid only when zero condominium unit deficiencies are achieved. Subsequently, there were many condominium units delivered to purchasers with zero deficiencies noted on the PDI inspection sheet.
All of the tour participants reassembled in the main lobby, where CTBUH Canada Secretary Mark Garland, President, LCL Builds, presented the Great Gulf and Quadrangle hosts with author-autographed books of the CTBUH Urban Study “The Space Between” led by CTBUH Canada’s own James Parakh, Urban Design Manager, City of Toronto. Most of the tour group then departed for a networking session and the AGM for CTBUH Canada, which was held at the Against the Grain Urban Tavern in the adjacent Corus building on the waterfront. The AGM and the extended networking concluded in the early evening.