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Old February 2nd, 2008, 10:18 AM   #161
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Old February 26th, 2008, 05:49 AM   #162
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Update from current in the Toronto forum:

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Of note: The construction crew has increased in size from two people to three.
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Old February 29th, 2008, 10:25 AM   #163
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I drove past the site the other day (sorry no camera).
I cannot believe that such a tall building is going to be built
on such a small site! No wonder the construction trailers are
above the sidewalks. (there is no room for them!)
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Old May 8th, 2008, 06:40 AM   #164
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steady progress now on the Trump excavation...lots of debris present from previous buildings on the site...pics by current of SSC and urbantoronto

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Old May 8th, 2008, 06:43 AM   #165
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Surprising that there's so much debris -- even this deep into the ground. Parking garage? Very decent progress... for the construction crew... of 3 people.
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Old May 10th, 2008, 03:54 PM   #166
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from Daily Commercial News:

May 12, 2008

Construction team ready to raise cranes on Trump’s Toronto site

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Construction is well under way on Toronto’s $500-million Trump International Hotel & Tower, located at 325 Bay Street, in the heart of the city’s financial and business district.

With excavation and drilling nearing an end, the developers and construction team begin preparing for the next chapter of expansion.

The five-star, 60-storey, project ceremonially broke ground on October 12, 2007, and official construction began November 12, 2007.

As Toronto remains a hot spot during a period of increased activity in the construction sector, access to trades people continues to be a challenge for the industry as a whole.

In terms of the next visible signs of construction, cranes will be raised on the site during the weekend of May 31st, and concrete is scheduled to be poured for the footings of the building shortly thereafter.

The footings of this building will be nine feet deep, as opposed to the standard size that typically measure between two to three feet.

“I have never seen such unusually deep footings, and this is testament to the height and slenderness of the building, which will truly be impressive,” said Lyndon Devaney, Principal Architect with Zeidler Partnership Architects.
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Old May 10th, 2008, 05:14 PM   #167
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Old June 2nd, 2008, 04:25 PM   #168
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A great article posted by current in the Toronto forums about the constraints of the tight plot of land that Trump is currently facing just before it rises. Interesting to note that the height is so close to that of 1 Bloor (282 m).


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ILLUSTRATION BY ED SCHNURR FOR THE TORONTO STAR

Lofty plans
Luxury hotel-condo being built on five-and-dime lot presents some logistical problems . . . and some interesting solutions
May 31, 2008

Stephen Weir
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Shoe-horning a luxury hotel and condo tower into the hyper-crowded financial district of downtown Toronto is forcing Donald Trump's real estate company to think small while building tall.

The 924-foot (282 metre) Trump International Hotel and Tower is finally underway and a hole is being dug in a miniscule plot of land for the 60-storey tower at the southeast corner of Adelaide and Bay Sts. A team of architects and builders are importing both workers and different construction techniques to build a $500-million tower – with suites starting at $900,000 for the hotel condos and ranging from $1.8 million to $20 million for the residences – where a five-and-dime store used to stand. Both the hotel condos and the residence condos can be rented out as hotel rooms by owners.

Two Canadian companies, Zeidler Partnership Architects and Wright Builds, have been hired by the Trump Organization to construct one of Canada's tallest residential buildings and perhaps Toronto's first five-star hotel. Their lofty plans must be executed without bringing traffic in the financial district to a standstill, and without hindering other nearby construction projects. The project site – where the old Bay St. Woolworth department store stood – is almost completely surrounded by tall buildings including the oversized Bay Adelaide Centre (three buildings: 43, 49 and 51 storeys) currently under construction right across the street.

The image of billionaire real estate magnate and TV personality Donald Trump has always been huge. His buildings, like his own persona, are larger than life. But here in Toronto, the design of Trump's first Canadian property is a study in accommodation.

"Well, for starters," says architect Tarek El-Khatib, senior partner with Zeidler, "there was concern from the city about the building's parking garage (and how it will affect Adelaide St. traffic). We handled that issue by having an upside-down plan – the garage is up, not down. People will be entering off Adelaide and loading and unloading on the second floor of the building."

"We really flipped our way of thinking," says David Eng, Zeidler's Trump project manager. "In most big buildings, the structure extends deep into the ground to anchor the building and to provide parking." At the Trump, the garage goes up seven storeys from the ground level and has 202 parking spots.

Owners of low riders need not apply for parking privileges; the gradient of the garage ramp will be very steep. "The ramp has been designed to accept a Crown Vic (Ford Motors luxury Crown Victoria automobile) – 97 per cent of all cars will be able to make it in," explains El-Khatib.

The big concern isn't tall SUVs (like, say, a Land Rover with roof rack) but ultra-low slung cars such as the Ferrari, or the Beverly Hills' style 20-person stretch luxury Hummer Limousine, which can't handle the ramp's angle.

But, be it a Bentley or a Volkswagen, no matter what condo owners and hotel guests drive into the Trump Tower's porte-cochère, they won't be permitted to park their own cars. Residents buy parking privileges, not individual spots. Trump valet staff will park all cars in stacked, two-to-a-level, auto storage units (bunk beds for cars).

Hotel and condo traffic enters the hotel eastbound along Adelaide. The ramped porte-cochère takes vehicles up to the second floor concierge station where drivers surrender their vehicles. Condo owners, not wanting to wait for their car to be brought out of storage, have round-the-clock use of two "residents-only" chauffeured S-class Mercedes, which is part of residents' condo fee.

It may be a steep ramp but it will be an artsy garage entrance. The City of Toronto requires that the Trump project spend $2 million on two pieces of public art. Since there won't be any open space, one of the art installations will be a ramp wall mural that can be seen by passing pedestrians.

The Trump building will descend only two storeys below grade, with much of that space to be used by delivery trucks and service vehicles. With its entrance off Bay, northbound trucks will enter the building and drive onto a large turntable built into the floor. The service vehicles will be mechanically turned around so that they can back into the loading docks. This round-house approach is a necessity, as there won't be enough room inside the Trump hotel for even a small-sized garbage truck to turn itself around.

During the day Bay St. is one of the busiest streets in Canada. It will be difficult for trucks to enter and exit the building during rush hours. Shipping firms will be required to plan ahead. Deliveries will be staged to take place before 7 a.m. and after 6 p.m.

The basement is a building's foundation – it is the anchor for everything that is built on top of it. With only a shallow basement, the soaring Trump Tower will have to take measures to make sure the building is firmly rooted to the ground.

"The nine-foot-thick foundation will float on bedrock," explained Eng. "There will be a concrete frame poured around the perimeter and we will use steel `tie-downs' to secure the foundation and we will pierce the sides (with horizontal tie-downs) to make sure the perimeter is equally anchored."

"We are still removing remnants of the old Woolworth's store from the site," says tall/small building expert Mark Garland, who is here from Seattle for the life of the project. The professional engineer and other technical experts have been brought in by Lewis Builds from its U.S. affiliate to oversee the construction of the glass and granite tower.

Since the Trump building will occupy almost every inch of land on the site, there is little space for heavy equipment and no room for Lewis Builds' construction shack. A plan to put a trailer on top of the historic National Club, directly south of the site, fell through. More than 50 designers, engineers and construction experts are now housed in a Lombard St. office several blocks east.

Tight quarters also means that only one tall crane will be erected on site. To make sure there isn't a case of duelling cranes overtop of the city's skyline, the placement of the equipment becomes a safety issue.

"Certainly crane placement is one of our concerns," said Garland. Pointing at a set of drawings, he shows how the arc of a crane currently on the Adelaide site swings within a breath of the edge of the Trump Tower hole. When his crane is erected, the long horizontal boom could easily move into the Adelaide project's airspace.

On most big building projects in Toronto, the high-towered cranes are used to lift wooden forms (used to construct interior concrete walls) from one floor to the next as the building project rises upwards. This is done by swinging the forms out away from the building and then lifting them up to the next floor where they are unloaded and used to create walls for the next floor.

Being so close to busy streets, pedestrians and the Adelaide project worksite has caused Lewis Builds to bring in a building system much favoured in crowded Asian cities, which greatly reduces the need for the cranes to swing material out over Bay and Adelaide Sts.

The forms will be lifted from floor to floor by way of a rail climbing system that is attached to the outside of the building. The tall and wide wooden forms are transported on a vertical set of tracks from one floor to the next without ever being swung out over the street.

"People won't see these automatic climbing systems," said Garland. "We will be tenting the building as we go, and the rails will be inside the tent (a three-storey covering that stops dust and building waste from blowing out onto the street)."

"We won't fill in the garage walls until way into the project," he continued. "We need it open so that we can stage our materials there. We will do the same at the building's Sky Lobby on the 33rd floor."

After the luxury multi-million dollar penthouses have been built (floors 54 to 60), a large sealed tank of water will be fixed on top of the roof to act as a counter-balance against high winds that will batter the tall, thin building.

"The curtain wall windows and natural stone are custom-built but will be installed rather quickly. People will think the building process is going slowly, but, when we start closing in the building, things will move fast!" says Garland, about the construction that began in late fall 2007. (The hotel section will open in December 2010 and the residences in March 2011.)

The height of the floor and the size of the windows are what the Trump Corporation believes will transform small into carriage trade. Each of the 118 luxury residences and 261 hotel guest rooms and suites will have floor-to-ceiling windows. The hotel suites have nine- and 10-foot ceilings, while the condominium residences will have 11- to 13-foot ceilings – surpassing the 10-foot ceilings that are considered premium height. The Grand Skyplex Penthouse Residences at the top boast ceilings up to 28 feet in height.

There will be no more than six suites per floor – with the majority of suites featuring direct, secure elevator access – offering spectacular views of Lake Ontario and the city below.


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Old June 8th, 2008, 08:12 AM   #169
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Nice overview posted in the Toronto forum:

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Old June 8th, 2008, 12:22 PM   #170
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so toronto has 2 282m towers UC now
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Old June 20th, 2008, 08:01 PM   #171
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Nice article posted by Taller, Better in the Toronto forum. The crane is being installed apparently so hopefully this will start rising out of the ground quickly.

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Business Ticker: REAL ESTATE

Toronto 'on the cusp of a great boom,' Trump says


LORI MCLEOD

REAL ESTATE REPORTER

June 17, 2008

The credit crunch has made real estate financing more expensive, but it is also creating opportunities for strong developers, said Ivanka Trump, head of development and acquisitions for The Trump Organization, in an interview in Toronto.

"Twelve months ago you were competing with every dentist-turned-developer who had commissioned a rendering and claimed to have a building and were trying to rally up enough presales to get financing. A lot of this would-be competition now fails to exist," said Ms. Trump, the 26-year-old daughter of real estate mogul Donald Trump.

Ms. Trump was in Toronto to check on the progress of the 60-storey Trump International Hotel & Tower, Toronto, which is being built at the corner of Bay and Adelaide Streets.

The $400-million project, being developed with Toronto-based Talon International Development Inc., will have a mix of luxury hotel and condo units. It is slated for completion in late 2010. As with all of their residential developments, the Trumps will manage the building to "maintain the integrity of the brand," Ms. Trump said.

The price of a residential unit in the Toronto development recently cracked the $1,550 per square foot mark. Positive response from buyers backs the company's view that corporations and executives would be attracted to the location a block north of Toronto's financial core, Ms. Trump said.

"I'd love to do more here ... We believe downtown [Toronto] is on the cusp of a great boom, especially in terms of the hotel as a feeder for all of the commercial development that's taking place," she said.

The Toronto project is one of 33 developments Ms. Trump is currently working on, with others in countries including the U.S., Dubai and Scotland.

So far, 85 per cent of the Toronto building's 261 hotel guest suites, and 61 of its 117 residential units have been sold. The remaining units will be released over the next three years, said Val Levitan, chief executive officer of the tower.

The largest group of purchasers by geography are Canadians and Americans at 25 per cent each. Corporations account for about 20 per cent of the units sold. The least expensive units, 525-square-foot hotel condos, are selling for about $900,000. Residential units, which start at 1,300 square feet, are selling for about $2-million.
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Old June 22nd, 2008, 02:19 AM   #172
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according to a poster over at urbantoronto.ca, the Trump Toronto crane is finally up!!

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The erection has begun!!
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Old June 22nd, 2008, 06:32 AM   #174
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Old June 24th, 2008, 02:46 AM   #176
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2 pics of the Trump Toronto crane, courtesy of Geekaroo over at urbantoronto.ca.....



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And finally the thread status has changed as well. Rise, rise, rise!
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Ok. Two things. I think that long arm excavator is really cool. Looks like some kind of spider. Second, I'd hate to work on the 8th floor of Scotia Plaza on the crane side, always wondering whether the crane operator is going to make an easy mistake and swing the crane into my office. Duck!!!
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It lives! Very exciting

Tight squeeze too, not much room to manuever on that site.

The site is the size of many children's sandboxes that live in the Bridle Path.
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another pic of the crane by Geekaroo at urbantoronto.ca...

so close to the surrounding offices!

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