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PCL tops off KingSett’s 700 Bay in Toronto

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PCL tops off KingSett’s 700 Bay in Toronto

TORONTO — KingSett Capital and PCL Construction recently marked the completion of 700 Bay’s concrete structure in Toronto.

The multifaceted renovation and expansion project involves a new 32-storey residential apartment tower adjacent to an existing office, retail and residential building, the addition of six new floors above the existing structure, including the two dedicated amenity floors, a new mechanical penthouse, as well as structural upgrades throughout the existing building. Once complete, the building will offer a total of 495 apartment residents rental living with amenities including an infinity pool, fitness centre, library, lounge areas, an outdoor patio including a dog park, garden, pavilion, outdoor movie theatre and green roof.

The project team includes Kingsett Capital’s CREIF Fund (client/owner); BentallGreenOak (property manager); PCL Constructors Canada (Toronto) (construction manager); Quadrangle (architect); Smith and Andersen (mechanical/electrical consultant); Entuitive (structural consultant); Priestly Demolition Inc. (demolition contractor); Structform International (concrete contractor); State Window Corporation (building envelope contractor); Malfar Mechanical Inc. (mechanical contractor); and OZZ Electric (electrical contractor).

The scope of work included demolition of two storeys above-grade, and five levels of a below-grade parking structure to create a foundation for the new residential tower; demolition of the level 26 pool roof to allow for reshoring and structural reinforcement to accommodate a crane on the roof of the occupied building, and the six-floor overbuild; and extension of two residential elevator cars to service new floors in the overbuild.

KingSett and PCL partnered with, a construction intelligence platform to enhance construction efficiency. The platform utilizes video streams and time-lapse images, leveraging the data collected with AI technology to create actionable insights empowering construction professionals to more effectively manage site activity and mitigate costs and schedule risks, indicates a release.

The project is being built to Toronto Green Standard Tier II and is targeting LEED Platinum certification. The building is tying into the EnWave District Steam Heating and Chilled Water-Cooling system, providing leading-edge energy efficiency, adds the release.

The ground floor retail spaces and original structure are set to be re-clad, and the property will feature new hard and soft landscaping. Occupancy is expected for summer 2020, with the leasing launch in the spring.

“Construction of 700 Bay at Gerrard has required precise methodology to expertly tie renovations into a new tower, while minimizing impact to tenants and properties along Toronto’s hospital row,” said Kelly Wallace, PCL Constructors Canada Inc. (Toronto) vice president and district manager, in a statement. “PCL is honoured to share this milestone with our partners, subcontractors, suppliers and over 400 workers who have all played a role in bringing KingSett’s vision for this project to life.”

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