Backstage Construction Update – September 2017 update

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

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


Completed balconies and porcelain tiles on the east face of Backstage.

Exterior Work – Podium Deck

Tiling on the outdoor pool is complete. Pool lighting fixtures have been installed. The first section of hard surface (concrete) has been completed on the podium deck. The second section is scheduled to be completed by the end of September. Landscaping and plantings will occupy the remaining portions of the outdoor amenity area. Stucco work on the eastern exterior of the podium deck has also been completed.

Completed concrete and pool tiling on the outdoor amenity space at Backstage.

Concrete surface finished on the eastern section of the outdoor amenity space at Backstage.

Looking west along the south side of the podium deck at Backstage.


Exterior Work – At Grade

At grade waterproofing has been completed near the The Esplanade and Yonge Street. Concrete has been poured by the front entrance to the lobby. Further work on the adjacent sidewalk area will commence in the coming weeks. We will provide an update when information becomes available. 

Concrete poured at the front entrance to Backstage.


Exterior Work – Future Path connection

The future PATH connection will provide access to Union Station via the Yonge Street Railway Bridge. For the time being the bridge area has been cleared and is not in use as a construction staging area. Restoration of the bridge railing and concrete has been completed where it meets Backstage. The west face of the tower has been finished where it meets the bridge. A knockout panel has been installed where the future PATH connection will connect at the second floor of the building.

Restored railing and concrete on the Yonge Street Railway Bridge.

Finished exterior of the tower facing the Yonge Street Railway Bridge and future PATH.


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




And we will leave this month’s update with another view of the completed east face of the tower:

East face of the tower at Backstage.

 

 

Backstage Construction Update – August 2017 update

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

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


Exterior Work – Podium Deck

The first concrete pour on the podium deck has been completed. This hardscape surface now covers the eastern and southern sections of the outdoor amenity space. 

Railing and concrete decking on the south side of the podium at Backstage.

Railing and concrete decking on the south side of the podium at Backstage, looking east.

The second concrete pour is scheduled to occur after Labour Day. In the completed section, pictured below, the wooden framed areas are reserved for future plantings. Landscaping work, including the installation of plantings will begin once the final concrete pour is completed.

Backstage podium deck concrete decking, wood-framed area for trees and plantings.

The porcelain tiling and balcony glazing on the east face of the tower are now completed.

Completed balconies and porcelain tiling on the east face of the Backstage tower.

The external hoist (frackle) used to install porcelain tile on on the east face of the tower is being removed. It will be lowered to The Esplanade on the northeast side of the podium.

Frackle AKA the external hoist used to install porcelain tiles on the east face of the tower, that will be removed the week of August 28 – September 1.


Exterior Work – East face of the podium. 

The concrete walls on the east face of the podium will be stuccoed in the coming weeks. An example of part of the area to be finished with stucco is pictured below. 

The east face of the podium will be stuccoed in the coming weeks.


Exterior Work – At Grade

At the corner of Yonge and The Esplanade a trench was dug to permit waterproofing. Following the waterproofing the trench will be filled in. Preparations for the pouring of concrete and laying of paving stones will commence after this work is completed. 

This section at grade just east of Yonge Street, will be waterproofed and filled prior to work commencing on concrete and paving installation.

The canopy has been completed along the main face of the podium.  

Complete weather protection canopy at Backstage.

The eastern edge of the podium will be cleared and finished in the coming weeks. 

The at grade edge of the east face of the podium will be cleaned and poured with concrete in the coming weeks.


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




And we will leave this month’s update with a view of the looking down on the Yonge Street Railway Bridge which will be a  future PATH connection to Union Station:

Looking down on the Yonge Street railway bridge section that will be the future PATH connection to Union Station.

 

 

Backstage Construction Update – July 2017 update

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

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


Exterior Work – Podium Deck

The podium deck concrete pour is scheduled for Tuesday, July 25. Concrete will be pumped from street level on the east side of the podium, adjacent to the Green P parking entrance.  Paid Duty Police Officers will be on site to assist with traffic and pedestrian movement. It is expected that the concrete work will begin at approximately 8 am and be completed by or before 7 pm. 

Approximate location of concrete truck and pump for the podium deck concrete pour.

Podium deck area to poured with concrete from a pump which will run up from street level.

The concrete will be poured on the surface of the podium deck around the pool and the wooden forming that demarcates the areas where there will be plantings. Landscaping work, including the installation of plantings will begin in the coming weeks.

Podium deck at Backstage-soil & plantings will be placed within the wooden forms, the rest of the deck will poured with concrete.

Work on the infinity pool is almost completed. Balconies on the east face of the tower are being completed as is the final section of porcelain tiling.

Tiled infinity lap pool at Backstage.

Completed balconies and porcelain tiling on the east face of the tower.


Exterior Work – Railway Bridge

The Yonge Street railway bridge is being restored where it connects with Backstage. This bridge will provide a future PATH connection to Union Station, connecting to the 2nd floor public exhibit space and internal PATH area in the building.

Restoration work in progress on the Yonge Street railway bridge.

Restoration work on Yonge Street railway bridge (underside).


Exterior Work – Railway Bridge

The concrete wall at the base of the west face of the tower will be stuccoed. As well the east facing wall on the eastern face of the podium. 

West facing wall from the Yonge St. Railway Bridge that will be finished with stucco.


Interior Work 

All the amenity areas has been completed and inspected. Work is progressing on the future public exhibit space and interior (future) PATH on the 2nd floor, with insulation installed on the ceiling areas, sprinkler systems and drywall being installed.

Drywall underway in the future 2nd floor public exhibit space and PATH.

Sprinkler systems, insulation and drywall under way in the future 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 summer. Please check back here at ltowerconstructioninfo.com for regular updates.




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

Backstage SW face of the tower, looking up from the Yonge Street railway bridge

 

 

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 summer. 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 spring and summer. 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 spring. 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 and spring. 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


 

 

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