The Residences of 488 University Avenue
Toronto, ON

The Residences of 488 University Avenue

The existing 18-storey office tower at 480 University Avenue was expanded to 55 storeys. The new floors contain condominiums, creating a large, new mixed-use tower in one of the densest areas in Toronto.

Todd Glen
Amexon Development Corporation
Core Architects
Structural engineer
Sigmund Soudack
Facts & Figures
  • 3400 tons of steel heavy plate column structure
Overcoming Challenges

To help remove the curtainwall, Walters developed a custom jig apparatus specifically designed to remove sections of the wall face. The device engages the curtain wall and releases sections that can then be lowered down.

This work was particularly crucial given the high profile, high pedestrian traffic location of the building. Safety, and the perception of safety were both exceptionally important to this job.

The exoskeleton needed to deal with the existing geometry of an older building; the new steel structure would shift and move differently from the current tower. These differences needed to be planned and accounted for in order to support the new storeys on top.

480 University Avenue, Toronto, ON, Canada
2021 CTBUH Awards
Structural Engineering Award 2021 Award of Excellence
2019 Toronto Construction Association
Best of the Best – Project Achievement - Large
2017 CISC Ontario Steel Design
Award of Excellence – Engineering
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