Backstage Construction Update – June 2017 update

This is a construction update for Backstage Condominium, 1 The Esplanade, June, 2017 

NOTE: We will be posting major construction updates monthly, with other updates as developments warrant.

Looking down on the Backstage podium deck, showing wood framed areas for planting, the pool, and the areas that will be covered with a concrete hard surface.


Exterior Work

Work is proceeding steadily on the podium but is still dependent on co-operative weather. Tile installers closing in on completing their work on the infinity pool.

Swimming pool in progress on the outdoor amenity deck at Backstage.

Toro Railing is installing balcony railings and glass on the central east facing units starting from the 6th floor and going up. There has temporarily delay on the installation of the porcelain tile because of a shortage of material. The material is coming from Spain and should be here in a couple of weeks.

Balcony glass and railing installation in progress on the east face of Backstage.

Installation of rigid insulation as a substrate for the concrete deck on the podium has been delivered and will installed next week, June 19th onward. Plantation beds where trees and flowers will be planted have been formed on the podium deck.

Area of the amenity deck where the concrete pump will be located when concrete work begins in early July.

Once the insulation has been installed, concrete will be pumped from street level and finished to form a hard surface for the outdoor amenity deck.

Backstage south side of the outdoor amenity area, that will be prepped for concrete decking.

Construction management is finalize the landscape permits and planning before proceeding on finishing the sidewalk areas at street level. This work is expected to get underway in July.

Sidewalk work is expected to get underway in July.


Interior Work 

All of the furniture for the amenity areas has been delivered and installed. The reclining chairs have also been installed in the theatre. Mirrors are being completed in the 5th, 6th and 7th floor amenity areas and the contractor is now gearing up to install the ground floor lobby mirrors. Work on the 5th floor jacuzzi room, adjacent to the outdoor pool, is also nearing completion. The construction management team hopes to have everything done by the end of June.

 

Finished and furnished video room, amenity space, at Backstage.

Initial work is also beginning on the future public exhibit space and interior (future) PATH on the 2nd floor, with insulation installed on the ceiling areas.

Part of the future public exhibit space and PATH on the 2nd floor of Backstage.


We will be continue to provide construction updates while work remains to be completed through the remainder of the winter. Please check back here at ltowerconstructioninfo.com for regular updates.




And we will leave this month’s update with a view of the Backstage and the L Tower from the Yonge Street Railway Bridge and future PATH connection to Union Station:

Backstage & the L Tower June 15, 2017, viewed from the Yonge Street Rail Bridge.

 

 

Backstage Construction Update – May 2017 update

This is a construction update for Backstage Condominium, 1 The Esplanade, May 2017 – Update

NOTE: We will be posting major construction updates monthly, with other updates as developments warrant.

Swimming pool at Backstage on the podium deck amenity space


Exterior Work

The external hoist that was used to install the porcelain tile on the west side of the tower is being removed. A mobile crane is being used to left sections down to a flatbed trailer. The crane parks on the south side of The Esplanade just east of Yonge and a paid duty police officer is on-site to monitor and ensure traffic and pedestrian safety. It is expected that this work will be completed by May 29 or 30, weather permitting.

Mobile crane setting up to remove a section of the external hoist.

The installation of the porcelain tile is continuing above the 20th floor on the east side of the tower. Installation of the tile for the pool on the podium’s outdoor amenity area is mostly complete. Landscapers have started to form the bulkheads for the concrete which will surround the tree mounds on the podium. The podium deck railing has been completed.

Forming bulkheads for the areas for tree planting on the Backstage podium deck

Construction management is continuing to work with their landscape contractor to plan and schedule the finishes for the podium deck. They are still working with the City of Toronto to finalize the landscape permit before proceeding on finishing the sidewalk and exterior at street level.


Interior Work 

Meeting room, interior amenity space at Backstage

The finishes in that area for the indoor whirlpool spa area will commence in the near future. Installation of mirrors in the amenity areas is ongoing. The furniture for the guest suites, administration office, bar lounge on the 6th floor has been delivered. The furniture for the party room and private dining area has also been delivered and put in place.

Finished and furnished interior amenity space at Backstage


We will be continue to provide construction updates while work remains to be completed through the remainder of the winter. Please check back here at ltowerconstructioninfo.com for regular updates.




And we will leave this month’s update with this – the view of the porcelain tile installation on the east face of the tower:

Installation of the porcelain tile on the east face of the tower reaching toward the upper floors

Installation of the porcelain tile on the east face of the tower reaching toward the upper floors

 

 

Backstage Construction Update – April 2017 update

This is a construction update for Backstage Condominium, 1 The Esplanade, April 2017 – Update

NOTE: We will be posting major construction updates monthly, with other updates as developments warrant.


Work on the outdoor amenity space and pool in progress at Backstage

Exterior Work

Work on the podium is being ramped up now that the nice weather is finally here. The porcelain tile is being installed on the east ‘fins’ of the tower. The tiling of outdoor swimming pool has begun and will continue through the coming week or more, weather permitting. Work is starting on some of the block work on the south end of the podium which will be supporting the concrete deck along the backside of the pool.

Tiling begins on the outdoor pool at Backstage

Construction management is continuing to work with their landscape contractor to plan and schedule the finishes for the podium deck. They are still working with the City of Toronto to finalize the landscape permit before proceeding on finishing the sidewalk and exterior at street level.

Work continues on installing the porcelain tiling on the east face of the tower at Backstage


 

Installing the whirlpool, just inside from the outdoor amenity space and pool at Backstage

Interior Work 

Delivery of the pre-finished whirlpool has been made and it is being installed this week, with finishing continuing through the next week. The first order of mirrors have been installed in the fitness/yoga areas, with the more coming soon. Furniture for the amenity areas will arrive the first week of May.

Finishing touches on the indoor amenity spaces at Backstage include the installation of mirrors in the Gym and Yoga Room


We will be continue to provide construction updates while work remains to be completed through the remainder of the winter. Please check back here at ltowerconstructioninfo.com for regular updates.




And we will leave this month’s update with this – the view from the 36th floor: 

Looking down over Union Station from the 36th floor at Backstage

 

Backstage Construction Update – March 2017 update

This is a construction update for Backstage Condominium, 1 The Esplanade, March 2017 – Update

NOTE: We will be posting major construction updates mid-month, with other updates as developments warrant.


The waterproofed outdoor lap pool at Backstage

Exterior Work

The return of winter weather conditions has affected all the exterior work at Backstage. However, we were able to take advantage of favourable conditions to complete completed the aluminum work between the windows and limestone on the lower levels on the north and east face of the building.

Railings and glass panels have been installed on the north side of the podium deck. Higher railings with noise dampening glass are in the process of being installed on the east and south sides of the podium deck.

The water proofing and testing on the outdoor pool were completed successfully. Construction management is now awaiting delivery of the tile from Italy. None of the porcelain tile on the east fins is being installed because of the extreme cold temperatures.

Construction management is in the process of planning with their landscape contractor, the schedule for finishes on the podium deck. They are also still waiting on the landscape permit from the City of Toronto before proceeding on finishing the sidewalk and exterior at street level.

Glass & railings installed on the north side of the Backstage podium deck

Higher railings on the east and south side of the podium will be completed with strong, noise dampening glass


Storm Water Tank

Prior to proceeding with any street level finishing and sidewalk work, the underground stormwater runoff tank had to be be completed. The work is now done and we took a peak inside.

Looking down into the stormwater tank from the sidewalk at Yonge & The Esplanade

Inside the completed stormwater tank (1 of 2)

Inside the completed stormwater tank (2 of 2)

 


Interior Work 

During the last phase of occupancy the building department passed the men’s and women’s steam rooms, the Screen Theatre room, the Bar Lounge, Party room Kitchen, Private dining area and Party room. With the exception of the steam rooms, we are awaiting furniture for the other remaining areas (first week of April) before they  can be used by the residents.

The last unfinished suite at Backstage, soon to be completed.

Completed bar in the 6th floor amenity space at Backstage

The freshly waterproofed hot tub just inside from the pool at Backstage.


We will be continue to provide construction updates while work remains to be completed through the remainder of the winter. Please check back here at ltowerconstructioninfo.com for regular updates.



The east face of Backstage, porcelain tile installation will resume as the weather warms up


And we will leave this month’s update with this – the western view from the 36th floor: 

Backstage Construction Update – February 2017 update

This is a construction update for Backstage Condominium, 1 The Esplanade, February 2017 – Update

NOTE: We will be posting major construction updates mid-month, with other updates as developments warrant.


Backstage porcelain cladding installation on the east face of the tower

Backstage porcelain cladding installation on the east face of the tower on February 15


Exterior Work

Over the past few weeks high winds and extreme cold weather have slowed progress on all exterior work. The porcelain tiling was  postponed because of cold temperatures affecting the adhesives. On warmer days, such as this past Wednesday, porcelain work has and will resume.

The railing system has been partially installed on the north and east walls on the podium and construction management is expecting the tempered glass, that will fill in the railing structure, in the next 2-3 weeks.

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Detail of porcelain installation on February 15

On the podium deck the swimming pool has been waterproofed and is now being water tested. Tiling work will begin soon under the weather protection tenting. 

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The pool under weather protection tenting and railing structures on the south side of the podium deck.

Exterior work on the sidewalk and front entrance will begin later in the season when weather conditions permit.


Interior Work 

The bar lounge and theatre room have been completed and after occupancy inspection will be furnished . The party room and private dining area on the 5th floor have also been completed and after occupancy has been granted will be furnished.

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Private Dining Room, 5th floor amenity space.

Residents have been using the fitness/yoga areas since December. The lockers are in the process of being handed over to the residents by Customer Service. The Car Share program in the building has been implemented by Enterprise. Some of the large mirrors in the public areas are in the process of being installed along with artwork in the lobby.

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Finished fireplace in the 5th floor amenity space.

While the building is almost entirely occupied, there are a few suites that are still being finished, including the one pictured below on the 36th floor, one of the last suites to be prepared for future occupancy.

 

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36th floor suite, one of the last to be completed at Backstage


We will be continue to provide construction updates while work remains to be completed through the remainder of the winter. Please check back here at ltowerconstructioninfo.com for regular updates.


 

Backstage Construction Update – January 2017 update

This is a construction update for Backstage Condominium, 1 The Esplanade, January 2017 – Update

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Backstage east tower face showing porcelain tile cladding in progress.


Interior work has been underway at Backstage since the holiday season break with a continuing focus on finishing the amenity areas and the few remaining suites in the podium level. Most of the building’s suites are finished and the majority of these are occupied. While exterior work remains to be done over the coming weeks, Backstage is already a lived in and well on its way to becoming a vibrant addition to the St. Lawrence Neighbourhood. 


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Backstage front entrance showing the remaining concrete work to be completed at-grade.


Exterior work remains to be done around the podium level at-grade. Work such as pouring concrete is weather dependent and will be completed when conditions permit.

On the podium deck the outdoor pool remains enclosed by tenting as work continues to seal and tile the pool in the coming weeks. Similarly, the completion of the porcelain tiling on the east towers “fins” will continue through the next month.

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East wall of the Backstage podium showing remaining clean up work to be done at-grade.


We will be continue to provide construction updates while work remains to be completed through the remainder of the winter. Please check back here at ltowerconstructioninfo.com for regular updates.


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Elliptical machines installed in the Backstage gym.

Yonge & The Esplanade signalized intersection update

L Tower  8 The Esplanade – Signalized Intersection Update for Yonge & The Esplanade 

As residents and passerby have noticed, the new traffic lights have been installed for the new signalized intersection at Yonge and The Esplanade. This was one of the public realm deliverables of the L Tower development. It was supported by the St. Lawrence Neighbourhood Association, the St. Lawrence Market Neighbourhood BIADeputy Mayor McConnell, City Councillor for Ward 28 and the developers, Castlepoint Numa, Cityzen, and Fernbrook Homes.  Under Deputy Mayor McConnel’s leadership the installation and funding of the intersection was taken on by the City of Toronto.

While the poles lights are installed, the intersection won’t “go live” yet. It usually takes a month or so, weather permitting, after the hardware is installed before the traffic lights are tested and become active. We expect an update from the Deputy Mayor’s office shortly and will post and circulate the information once we have it. 

Check back here at ltowerconstructioninfo.com for updates.


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Traffic light for the new signalized intersection at Yonge and The Esplanade


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Northbound traffic light for the new signalized intersection at Yonge and The Esplanade


 

 

Backstage Construction Update – December 19, 2016 – January 3, 2017

This is a construction update for Backstage Condominium, 1 The Esplanade, December 19, 2016 – January 3, 2017

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

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View looking west from the 7th floor amenity space.

Winter weather has played havoc with exterior work on the exterior at Backstage. Despite these weather-related setbacks, installation of porcelain tiling on the east face of the tower and finishing touches to the podium facade have proceeded slowly and steadily. Work on both will continue this week as possible. As well, the railing for the podium deck outdoor amenity space is scheduled to begin being installed, again weather permitting.

Finally, on the podium deck the tent enclosed outdoor pool is being kept heated and monitored, in order to maintain the concrete at a temperature that permits the required waterproofing to adhere to its surface. 

Interior work continues steadily, with work progressing on the finishes in the party room, flooring installation, tiling in the men’s change room on the fifth floor, and the soon to be completed panelling in the theatre room.
Measuring and installation of acoustic fabric panels and will begin in the New Year.

The site will be operating until Friday, Dec 23, then shutting down for the holidays. Work will resume on January 3, 2017

Please check back here at ltowerconstructioninfo.com for regular updates.

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Railings for the podium deck, which are set to begin being installed the week of December 19, weather permitting.

Monday, December 19

  • Exterior work as weather permits: porcelain tile installation east tower, railing installation on the podium deck, finishing work on the podium. 
  • Interior work: finishing work in amenity areas and podium level hallways.
Finishing work on the Backstage podium.

Finishing work on the Backstage podium.

Tuesday, December 20

  • Exterior work as weather permits: porcelain tile installation east tower, railing installation on the podium deck, and finishing work on the podium. 
  • Interior work: finishing work in amenity areas and podium level hallways.
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Progress continues, weather permitting, on installing porcelain tiles on the east face of the tower.

Wednesday, December 21

  • Exterior work as weather permits: porcelain tile installation east tower, railing installation on the podium deck, and finishing work on the podium. 
  • Interior work: finishing work in amenity areas and podium level hallways.
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Detail of the porcelain tiling installed on the east face of the tower.

Thursday, December 22

  • Exterior work as weather permits: porcelain tile installation east tower, railing installation on the podium deck, and finishing work on the podium.
  • Interior work: finishing work in amenity areas and podium level hallways.
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Amenity space flooring installed.

Friday, December 23

  • Exterior work as weather permits: porcelain tile installation east tower, railing installation on the podium deck, and finishing work on the podium.
  • Interior work: finishing work in amenity areas and podium level hallways.

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Heaters installed to keep the outdoor pool concrete at a constant temperature which is required to insure waterproofing adheres to the surface.




Happy Holidays – Site Closed December 24 – January 2

There will no scheduled construction work from December 24 through January 2.

Happy New Year

Construction work will resume at Backstage on January 3, 2017.




NOTE: Signalized intersection at The Esplanade & Yonge

City of Toronto contractors have been working to install the footings and electrical conduit for the traffic signal that will be installed at Yonge and The Esplanade. As well, the former concrete median has been demolished. When this work is complete there will be a signalized pedestrian crossing to the GO Bus Station and the west side of Yonge Street. This was identified as key deliverable in the original development consultations for the L Tower and Backstage.

Work on the sidewalk on the south side of the The Esplanade, in front of Backstage, will proceed in the New Year, once the City has completed necessary work for the traffic signal and when weather permits.

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Footings for the traffic signals that will be installed at Yonge and The Esplanade

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Median removed by City of Toronto contractors, in preparation for the signalized pedestrian crossing at Yonge and The Esplanade



 

Backstage Construction Update – December 12 – 18, 2016

This is a construction update for Backstage Condominium, 1 The Esplanade, December 12 – 18, 2016

Porcelain tile installation on the east face of the tower.

Porcelain tile installation on the east face of the tower.


Exterior work was considerably slowed last week because the of the inclement weather. Despite the weather some progress has been made on installation of porcelain tile on the east face of the tower, including finishing tiling on the 36th through the 38th floors.  
This week is already of to a snowy start but more critically the forecast calls for below normal cold which will limit exterior work. So as weather permits work may progress on the east face of the tower and the outdoor pool surfaces. 
In the interior of the building unit inspections have been carried out for January move-ins. Wood working is being done in the 6th floor bar/lounge amenity room, as well as the adjacent theatre room. Tiling of the steam rooms is in progress and carpet flooring has been installed on 7th floor corridor. This week will see more interior work continue in the podium level amenity areas. 
Please check back here at ltowerconstructioninfo.com for regular updates.

Touch ups on the podium facade.

Touch ups on the podium facade.


Monday, December 12

  • Exterior work as weather permits on the tower and podium deck. 
  • Finishing work in amenity areas and podium level hallways.

Tuesday, December 13

  • Exterior work as weather permits on the tower and podium deck. 
  • Finishing work in amenity areas and podium level hallways.

Wednesday, December 14

  • Exterior work as weather permits on the tower and podium deck. 
  • Finishing work in amenity areas and podium level hallways.

Thursday, December 15

  • Exterior work as weather permits on the tower and podium deck. 
  • Finishing work in amenity areas and podium level hallways.

Friday, December 16

  • Exterior work as weather permits on the tower and podium deck. 
  • Finishing work in amenity areas and podium level hallways.

Panelling installed in the interior amenity spaces.

Panelling installed in the interior bar/lounge amenity space.


Saturday, December 17

  • No scheduled work.

Sunday, December 18

  • No work onsite. 


 

Sony Centre Plaza Public Art – Dream Ballet Triptych revealed

L Tower  8 The Esplanade – Sony Centre Plaza Update – December update. 

On December 8th the major new public art installation in the Sony Centre Plaza was revealed: Triptych Dream Ballet by Toronto artist Harley Valentine is now fully revealed. Dream Ballet is the centrepiece of the Claude Cormier + Associés designed plaza. As with the adjacent redesigned Bercy Park (also by Claude Cormier), some finishing and landscaping work remains to be complete before the Plaza is “finished” but the artwork is easily viewable by all as the new gateway to the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood and Old Town Toronto. 

Dream Ballet Triptych by Harley Valentine, in the Claude Cormier designed Sony Centre Plaza.

Dream Ballet Triptych by Harley Valentine, in the Claude Cormier designed Sony Centre Plaza.

The reveal event on December 8th featured remarks from Alfredo Romano, President of Castlepoint Numa, artist Harley Valentine, and Rex Harrington, former Principal Dancer of the National Ballet who performed for many years at the Sony Centre. Attendees included Suzanne Kavanagh, President of the St. Lawrence Neighbourhood Association, and Al Smith, Executive Director, of the St. Lawrence Market Neighbourhood BIA

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Alfredo Romano, President of Castlepoint Numa, speaking at the Dream Ballet Triptych “reveal” on December 8.

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Artist Harley Valentine speaking at the Dream Ballet Triptych “reveal” on December 8.



The Esplanade and Yonge

City contractors are at work on installing footings for new traffic lights and street lights at the corner of Yonge and The Esplanade. They are also taking the concrete median apart that divides Yonge Street. This work is preparation for the new controlled pedestrian crossing at The Esplanade, which was one of the public realm deliverables of the L Tower redevelopment.

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City contractors installing the footings for new traffic lights at The Esplanade and Yonge Street.


Check back here at ltowerconstructioninfo.com for updates.