Stanford Homes proposes 29 storey infill development in Toronto

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Judy Lamelza

Special to Ontario Construction News

Spearheaded by Stanford Homes and designed by Arcadis, a 29-storey condominium tower, adjacent to a 17-storey rental apartment that will be retained, is set to redefine the landscape of the Glenfield-Jane Heights neighborhood in Toronto.

The construction of the tower will involve several critical stages and components that reflect the complexity and scale of such a development. Firstly, the foundation work for a high-rise of this magnitude is substantial. It involves deep excavation and the installation of a robust piling system to support the structure’s considerable height and weight. The use of advanced techniques and materials in the foundation will ensure the building’s stability and longevity.

Storeys reports that the structural framework, predominantly reinforced concrete with steel elements, is designed for durability and to maximize space within each unit.

The building’s facade, a combination of glass and composite materials, will not only provide an aesthetic appeal but also contribute to the building’s energy efficiency. This is particularly important as the design aims for a seamless integration of modern architecture with environmental sustainability.

The tower will include 451 new units for a gross floor area of 28,717 sq. m. It would also include:

  • 251 parking spaces below grade
  • 307 long-term and 44 short-term bicycle parking spots
  • five elevators
  • 902 sq. m of indoor amenity
  • 904 sq. m of outdoor amenity space
  • at grade landscaping and seating areas between the proposed and existing buildings

One of the notable challenges in constructing a high-rise in an already developed area like Jane Street is managing the logistical aspects of construction without disrupting the local community and existing infrastructure. This includes coordinating the delivery of materials and handling construction waste efficiently. Advanced planning and the use of just-in-time delivery systems are crucial to minimize disruption and maximize efficiency.

Another challenge is ensuring the safety of construction workers and the public. This project involves working at heights, operating heavy machinery, and other high-risk activities. Implementing stringent safety protocols and continuous training for workers are priorities for the project management team. This not only helps in preventing accidents but also ensures compliance with municipal and federal safety regulations.

Sustainability is a core component of the project, with the building designed to meet high standards of energy efficiency and environmental friendliness. This includes the installation of a state-of-the-art HVAC system, energy-efficient lighting, and water-saving fixtures. The construction process itself incorporates practices such as recycling materials, minimizing energy consumption, and using locally sourced materials to reduce the carbon footprint.

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