130 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON

The tower at 130 Bloor Street West is one of Toronto’s most prestigious addresses. This project involved modernizing the existing building with a new structural frame in addition to also building up eight new storeys of high-end residences. During construction, the retail and office spaces remained operational.

Client
PCL Construction
Structural engineer
Halcrow/Yolles
Facts & Figures
Our Role

We supplied and installed reinforcing steel for the existing 15 storey building and also provided structural steel framing for the new floors.

Overcoming Challenges

This project involved modernizing the internal structure of a large-scale, occupied building, including residential suites, a majestic, heritage-listed penthouse and high-end retail and commercial space.

Working with existing buildings always requires extensive planning to meet the logistical challenges of working with the structure’s architectural and design legacy. In this case, we needed to develop specialized and proprietary lifting techniques and apparatus.

Because the building needed to remain fully operational throughout construction, we were responsible for negotiating every inch of clearance and access with key stakeholders. To ensure business continuity for tenants, we developed careful plans to minimize disruption to public access to office and retail spaces.

To support seven new storeys of luxury condominium housing, we reengineered and reinforced the existing frame and foundations.

To preserve the historic 10,263-square foot, two-storey penthouse apartment, we erected long-span transfer trusses above the existing roof. In the basement, Walters enhanced the capacity of existing spread footings without compromising parking, the adjacent subway, or the retail space overhead.

Location
130 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON, Canada
Awards
2010 CISC Award of Excellence for Projects Converted into Steel
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