TORONTO — The CF Toronto Eaton Centre will undergo a $60 million refurbishment of its galleria skylight roof.
To improve energy efficiency, the existing glass will be replaced with the latest materials and technologies while maintaining its classic design esthetic, stated Cadillac Fairview (CF) in a recent release.
Zeidler Architecture Inc. and Read Jones Christoffersen consulting engineers have been retained for the refurbishment and construction will be overseen by EllisDon Corporation.
The project will be carried out in two phases starting with the south end of the mall, Queen Street to Centre Court, in mid-January. Work on the north end will begin in March 2023.
The shopping centre’s Flight Stop art installation, which depicts 60 Canada geese in mid-flight, will be temporarily and carefully removed by an art restoration company for professional maintenance and placed in safe storage until reinstallation, indicates the release.
CF will also be investing $17 million to improve shoppers’ movement and accessibility with the addition of three new staircases in the South Court and Urban Eatery, improvements to elevators and the installation of a larger cab in an existing elevator to better accommodate strollers and mobility scooters.
“The galleria’s original design was inspired by the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Italy and has served as a distinguishing feature of the mall since the centre’s opening in 1977,” said Wayne Barwise, executive vice-president of development with CF, in a statement. “As custodians of this unique architectural element, our priority is to ensure the integrity of its design as we significantly enhance its functional performance.”