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Old July 2nd, 2008, 06:19 AM   #61
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excavation underway at the Four Seasons site, photo by St.-Even at flickr..

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Old July 2nd, 2008, 06:22 AM   #62
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Wonderful updates yyzer. I guess it's time to change another thread title to U/C!
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Old July 2nd, 2008, 06:40 AM   #63
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thx Skybean, you are right, and thank you, mods, in advance...
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Old July 2nd, 2008, 07:06 AM   #64
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Great news!!
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Old August 7th, 2008, 08:47 AM   #65
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They really got the height right for this area. It's not too short, but too much taller might have looked a little too abrupt considering what's directly north of it. I just hope it looks as sumptuous as it does in the first render. This is Four Seasons after all, and this is Yorkville!
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Old August 7th, 2008, 09:04 AM   #66
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this is a good design, a little boxy, but nice facade
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Old August 8th, 2008, 06:20 AM   #67
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the facade is dope man, you won't be dissapointed.
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Old August 19th, 2008, 08:46 AM   #68
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It's one of the better towers going up.
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Old September 4th, 2008, 03:02 AM   #69
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update, excavation is continuing at the Four Seasons site...pic by drum118 at urbantoronto.ca.....

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Old September 4th, 2008, 05:38 AM   #70
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Thanks for the update!!!
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Old September 4th, 2008, 06:25 PM   #71
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Nice update yyzer! Looks like a great deal of work to do before winter sets in.
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Old September 19th, 2008, 04:12 AM   #72
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work continues on the excavation...pic by urbandreamer at urbantoronto.ca...



Meanwhile, today they released the penthouse for sale....here's the official press release...

Attention Assignment Editors/News Directors/Real Estate Editors/Writers/City Editors:

At $30 Million, the "West Penthouse" of Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Toronto is the most expensive condo in Canada

9,000 SQ. FT. MANSION-IN-THE-SKY TO RISE IN YORKVILLE

TORONTO, Sept. 18 /CNW/ - Bay-Yorkville Developments Ltd. released the
penthouse at Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Toronto for sale today.
Priced at $30 million, this exclusive residence is the most expensive
condominium in Canada.
Located at the northeast corner of Bay Street and Yorkville Avenue, Four
Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Toronto is a landmark mixed-use
development featuring a world class hotel and over 200 private residences in
two 55 and 26-storey towers.
The penthouse residence will occupy the top floor of the 55-storey West
Residence building and encompass 9,038 sq. ft. of living space. Included in
the price is a 680 sq. ft. Staff Residence. Located in the adjacent, 26-storey
East Residence building, the Staff Residence will provide owners with the
convenience of separate, private quarters for household staff located on-site.
"This is truly a one-of-a-kind offering," said Alan Menkes, President of
the High-Rise Residential Division of Menkes Developments, the Managing
Partner of the project. "When you step off the elevator directly into the
floor-to-ceiling glass galleria, you'll immediately see why this Penthouse is
so spectacular. It will feel like an exquisite mansion in the sky, with more
than 9,000 sq. ft. of living space and incredible views of downtown Toronto
and Lake Ontario from four private terraces."
Created by Gluckstein Design Planning, Canada's pre-eminent residential
interior design firm, the West Penthouse plan has been conceived with the
ultimate super luxury buyer in mind. Highlights of the residence include:

<<
- A spectacular array of rooms featuring 12 ft. ceilings, including a
stunning floor-to-ceiling glass Galleria and four expansive corner
terraces;
- An opulent, 2,500 sq. ft. Master Suite featuring a large bedroom
complete with a sitting room and fireplace, a private terrace, two
walk-in closets and a lavish ensuite bathroom, with his-and-hers
vanities, showers and water closet enclosures, built-in TVs behind the
vanity mirrors, and a freestanding tub opposite an impressive stone
fireplace;
- A gracious 1,000 sq. ft. living room with a walk out terrace, a
library and a separate study;
- A spacious family room combined with an open-concept entertaining
kitchen, with a large island and three refrigerator/freezer units, two
wall ovens, a dishwasher, integrated coffee system, food warming
drawer and a gas range;
- A 550 sq. ft. formal dining room and a servery connected to a walk out
terrace;
- A theatre room with a bar featuring a refrigerator and bar sink;
- A walk-in wine cellar with a sealed glass-paneled door, built-in
cooling unit, and a redwood racking system to accommodate nearly 800
bottles; and,
- Two guest bedrooms, each with its own ensuite bathroom.
>>

"When I designed the West Penthouse, I had a vision of classic elegance,"
said Brian Gluckstein of Gluckstein Design Planning. "In the foyer, I chose
handsome grey marble floors and added a bold circular pattern which gives the
space a bit of drama. There are sleek custom Downsview cabinets in the
kitchen, in a dark stain, paired with comfortable seating in muted neutrals
for timeless appeal."
"The master bedroom has light streaming in through the corner windows, so
I went with light wood floors and white fabrics. This combination gives the
room a light, airy feel even on the darkest winter days," he added.
Designed by architectsAlliance, Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences
Toronto will feature two sleek glass towers. The West Residence will be a
55-storey building comprised of a 253-room Four Seasons Hotel on the first 20
floors, followed by 101 Private Residences above. The 26-storey East
Residences will contain 103 Private Residences and be connected to its sister
building by an elevated pedestrian bridge. Both towers which will share a
courtyard designed by internationally-renowned landscape architect Claude
Cormier.
Owners of the Private Residences, including the West Penthouse, will
enjoy access to all the amenities of the new Four Seasons Hotel, including
24-hour concierge, doorman and valet service, an on-site restaurant and bar,
in-residence dining, housekeeping, and the Four Seasons Spa. The 28,000 sq.
ft. spa will feature a sky-lit indoor lap pool, whirlpools, private treatment
rooms and a state-of-the-art fitness club. Award-winning interior design house
Yabu Pushelberg designed the spa, as well as the Hotel rooms, common areas and
ballroom/conference facilities.
Construction on Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Toronto is
underway and the project is slated for completion in late 2011. The developer
is Bay-Yorkville Developments Ltd., a joint venture between Menkes
Developments Ltd., Lifetime Urban Development Group, and Alcion Ventures.
Menkes Construction Ltd. is building both the hotel and residences.

Four Seasons Private Residences Toronto are not owned, developed or sold
by Four Seasons Hotels Limited or its affiliates (Four Seasons). Bay-Yorkville
Developments Limited uses the Four Seasons trademarks and trade names under a
license from Four Seasons Hotels Limited. The marks "FOUR SEASONS", "FOUR
SEASONS HOTELS AND RESORTS," any combination thereof and the Tree Design are
registered trademarks of Four Seasons Hotels Limited in Canada and U.S.A. and
of Four Seasons Hotels (Barbados) Ltd. elsewhere.
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Old September 20th, 2008, 08:10 PM   #73
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THIS IS MY FAVORITE PROJECT IN TOWN
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Old November 29th, 2008, 07:41 AM   #74
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Crane is up. Foundation is being laid. I believe it is U/C and not only App.
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Old November 29th, 2008, 10:13 PM   #75
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A new world record for concrete pour over a 12 hour period.

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The Big pour is happening today.

from todays National Post;

Yorkville turns into a concrete jungle today

At 7 a. m. today, an armada of trucks carrying concrete will descend from three directions on Yorkville to begin the Big Pour: the continous filling-in of a deep hole at the corner of Bay Street and Yorkville Avenue, in one of the most ambitious single-day construction projects in Toronto.

After two months of planning, 120 trucks and 180 workers will lay the 10,000-tonne foundation of the Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences in Yorkville over 12 hours. The 4,100-cubic-metre area will be filled at a rate of 500 cubic metres per hour.

The finished building will be a 55-storey, 356-suite skyscraper housing condominiums and a hotel.

"It's a special project," said a very excited Paul McMurray, project manager at Menkes Life Storeys construction company.

"Since the planning stages, we've been online comparing what we're doing to other projects, and there doesn't seem to be anything out there that compares to this.... I'm watching it all come together out my office window, and seeing how it's moved along and came together has been super exciting."

Six trucks will be backed into six pour locations around the site shortly before dawn, while the rest of the trucks will either be on the road or loading up at three concrete plants in Toronto and Newmarket.

Between 40 and 50 trucks will unload at the pour site each hour. Seven police officers will control their movement.

They are not unloading just any kind of concrete. Called Agilia, the concrete is self-levelling, but has never been used on such a large scale. It had previously been used for a project laying 1,200 cubic metres of concrete, but the Four Seasons pour will require almost four times more material.

Despite the new technology, Mr. McMurray anticipates no problems.

"It's special because it doesn't require mechanical compacting, it just levels out on its own and it's done. We just have to keep filling in the void."

The project will shut Yorkville Avenue between Yonge and Bay for the 12-hour period. Davenport Road, Scollard Street and Yonge Street will all experience heavy volumes of traffic throughout the day, as the trucks will be continually running between the construction site and the three concrete batch plants.

"The sooner we get this work done, the sooner we can get this street open," said Angie Antoniou, the city's manager of Transportation Services.

"Rather than doing this in smaller groups, they get the closure so it's easier for them to come and go. It's compressed but there's a lot more activity happening."

Planners made sure to prepare for all eventualities, including fickle weather. The temperature of the concrete mix will be controlled at the plants. The company decided to do a single, large-scale pour instead of many smaller projects to avoid interfering with Yorkville's heavy holiday traffic.

"If we did this project in two parts, I believe we wouldn't be allowed to do any work requiring closures in December," Mr. McMurray said.

"Once we calculated and planned and finally discovered we could do it all in one go before the real Christmas rush starts here in Yorkville, we just went all out with this very ambitious plan."

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I stopped by the site today and spoke with the Engineer, a british dude. He was really nice, and explained that the mix was much more liquid and didn't require vibrating. This stuff almost looks like a milkshake its so liquid, its also got about 30% ash as a mixing agent, which is more environmentally friendly then standard concrete additives. The best part is its really cost effective. I.e. it only takes two guys to maneouvre the hose and nobody is required to distribute the concrete over the large surface area of the pour. This technology, if it works well this time, will likely be adopted at many more sites and result in some major building cost reductions. Cheers.
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I don't know about you but that stuff kinda turns me on!! WOW
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