news from our new blue edge

January 2013


Waterfront Key in Toronto Making Top Seven List


The work underway by Waterfront Toronto to build and promote the waterfront as a world leading intelligent community, was a key factor in Toronto recently being named as one of the  world’s Top Seven Intelligent Communities of the Year.

The distinction by the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) is the second step in the international 2013 Intelligent Community of the Year award process. The Top Seven Intelligent Communities are being recognized for their achievements in creating local prosperity and inclusion using broadband and information technology.

Waterfront Toronto is creating new waterfront neighbourhoods that are intelligent communities that revolutionize how residents receive services, promote economic growth and development, and enable innovation through an advanced telecommunications network. Waterfront Toronto has partnered with Beanfield Metroconnect to create Canada’s first open-access ultra-high speed broadband community network. East Bayfront and West Don Lands, Toronto’s new waterfront communities currently under construction, will feature one of the most advanced fibre-optic networks in the world, delivering internet connection speeds up to 500 times faster than typical North American networks.  

The Intelligent Community of the Year will be announced by ICF in New York City in June 2013.


Sherbourne Common Named Project of the Year


Sherbourne Common has received the 2012 Ontario Public Works Association Project of the Year Award. Established in 2001, the award promotes excellence in the management and administration of public works projects. Sherbourne Common was recognized in the “Structures Greater Than $10 million” category which includes all public structures, municipal buildings and parks developed, owned and maintained by public agencies.

To evaluate nominees, the jury reviewed projects’ use of good construction management techniques, on-time delivery, community relations efforts to minimize public inconvenience and efforts to protect the environment during construction.

The first park in Canada to incorporate a neighbourhood-wide stormwater treatment facility within it, Sherbourne Common has been recognized with 10 design, architecture and engineering awards since the first section of the park opened in 2010.



Queens Quay Revitalization: Construction Update


Construction on Queens Quay continues to move at a steady pace. Crews have now completed the majority of the demolition, backfilling and repaving of the streetcar corridor. This area, along the centre of Queens Quay, is temporarily being used for vehicular traffic. While traffic is moving in the centre lanes, construction crews will work on upgrading the utilities and municipal services underneath the north and south travel lanes. Other construction highlights include:

•    The new permanent five-vehicle taxi stand along the northwest corner of the Queens Quay Terminal building laneway was completed and opened in late December. The new stand replaces one previously located in front of the building. Minor finishes including signage installation will be completed this month and landscaping will occur in the spring.

•    Construction is underway on the Peter Slip Bridge where new utility ductwork will be installed along the underside of the bridge. Scaffolding has been installed and the demolition of the south side of the bridge including the handrail is complete. Demolition and removal of the streetcar tracks is ongoing and will be followed by the rebuilding of the TTC corridor in the area.

•    Preparations for the construction of a new parking lay-by on the west side of York Street, north of Queens Quay south of Harbour Street are underway. The lay-by will provide a temporary drop-off and pick-up zone for coaches and tour buses bringing visitors to the waterfront during construction.

•    Toronto Hydro crews are now working in five locations on Queens Quay from Yonge Street to the Peter Slip Bridge. Toronto Hydro is investing approximately $28 million to relocate and upgrade aging infrastructure between Yo Yo Ma Lane and Parliament Street.

Work also continues on the project’s next major construction activity, the installation of new storm and sanitary sewers. Crews are drilling test pits and have installed dewatering wellheads along the north side of Queens Quay between Lower Simcoe Street and the area just east of Lower Spadina Avenue.

TTC Stop Changes

While Queens Quay traffic is routed through the centre lanes, TTC bus stops on Queens Quay may be impacted. To date, two transit stops have been relocated: the stop west of York Street and the stop west of Lower Simcoe Street. In both cases, the stops were relocated from the northside sidewalk to the centre travel lane. A safe and distinct bus stop waiting area was created using concrete jersey barriers and barrels and a designated walkway to the signalized intersection was established to give passengers a safe way to access the bus stop.

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Pan Am Athletes’ Village/Canary District Construction Update


Work continues to advance steadily at the 2015 Pan/Parapan Games Athletes’ Village in the West Don Lands. Recent construction highlights include:


The subdivision underground conduit and foundation work for the street lighting is complete, and the underground hydro duct bank installation is currently in progress. Repair work on the manhole at Cherry Street and Eastern Avenue is now complete, which allowed the blocked lane on Eastern Avenue at Cherry Street to reopen in late December. Curb work continues and crews have poured portions of the concrete road base. On Old Eastern Avenue, the crews are close to completing the last concrete chamber for the hydro duct bank. The cold winter weather means that most of the remaining road work will be completed in the spring.

Old Eastern Avenue and Cherry Street between Eastern Avenue and Lake Shore Boulevard East will remain closed to through traffic until July. The temporary closure allows reconstruction of the two streets to be completed. Access will be maintained to All City Storage.

YMCA/George Brown College

At the YMCA building, crews are currently working on forming the third floor over the pool. On the east tower of the George Brown College student residence building, the fourth floor deck is being formed and poured. Mechanical and electrical rough-in work continues at both buildings.  

Affordable Housing Buildings

Crews are now forming and pouring the columns from the third to fourth floor at the Fred Victor building. At the Wigwamen building, the townhouse forming and pouring is complete and crews have begun work on the columns and walls for the fourth level slab in the main building.

Canary District Condominiums

Both the north and south cranes have been erected at site of the first market housing building. Underground mechanical and electrical work continues to progress, and waterproofing and the forming and pouring of walls and columns continues from the P1 parking level to the ground floor.  

On the second market housing building, the forming and pouring of columns from the P1 level to the ground floor has begun on the north tower, and the drilling of caissons continues at the south tower in order to prepare for the foundations for the P2 parking level. The underground mechanical is also underway. The final site crane is due to be erected on this block by the first week in February.



The Canary District Wins Prestigious Industry Awards


The Canary District Condominiums, captured eight 2012 Silver Awards from The National Association of Home Builders, including its most prestigious award, Community of the Year (Urban).

The Canary District Condominiums are the market housing component of the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games Athletes’ Village project in the West Don Lands being developed by Dundee Kilmer Developments Limited.  

Dundee Kilmer and its marketing agency, Montana Steele Strategic Marketing, received the eight awards for the Canary District in the categories of Best Branding, Best Direct Mail, Best Internet Marketing Campaign, Best Black & White Ad, Best Print Campaign, Best International Marketing Campaign, Best Website for a Community and Urban Community of the Year (Urban).

The Silver Awards were selected from over 700 entries from across North America.
For more information on the Canary District Condominiums, visit their website at or sales centre located at 9 Mill Street.



Underpass Park Phase Two Construction Update


Construction of the second and final phase of Underpass Park in the West Don Lands is nearing completion.

As with the park’s first phase, phase two is designed to take full advantage of its unique location under and around the Eastern Avenue and Richmond/Adelaide overpasses. The overhead structures in this portion of the park, located west of St. Lawrence Street, are not as prevalent as in the rest of the park and there is more natural light. Therefore this area of the park will have a softer greener landscape featuring a dense grove of salt and drought resistant trees, ornamental grasses and perennials.

Phase two is scheduled to open this summer following the completion of construction work to upgrade hydro services on Old Eastern Avenue as part of the 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Athletes’ Village project.

Phase one, located between St. Lawrence Street and Bayview Avenue, opened to acclaim last summer and has been a hit with the public and media ever since.  In December, the park was featured in Reader’s Digest magazine’s “Best Of 2012” and the CBC’s Air Farce used the park for one of the skits in its New Year’s Special.

Visitors can access the completed areas of the park from River Street, south of King Street East.


Toronto Community Housing Construction Update


Toronto Community Housing continues to make great progress constructing its three-building development in the West Don Lands that will provide affordable housing for seniors and families.

At the King Street seniors’ building, concrete forming is complete and exterior brickwork is expected to be complete by the end of January. Window installation is progressing well and has reached the sixth floor. Interior masonry work is underway and mechanical and electrical installation continues.
Progress has also been steady at the two family buildings located between River and St. Lawrence streets. Concrete forming is complete and the exterior wood cladding is progressing well.  The cladding is installed to the fourth floor at the River Street building, and to the second floor at the St. Lawrence Street building.  Mechanical and electrical installation continues at both buildings.

Occupancy for all three buildings is scheduled for this fall.


York Quay Revitalization Update


Crews have made tremendous progress on the revitalization of York Quay at Harbourfront Centre. The installation of Light Cascade, a distinctive art piece by award-winning architect and designer James Carpenter, is 90 percent complete. The 12-metre high glass sculpture designed to bring daylight into the garage is now in place. Crews are finishing the final lighting elements which will allow the glass screen to glow at night.

Crews have also completed a major milestone at Ontario Square. The installation of paving stones along the perimeter is now complete allowing school bus drop-off and pick-up to occur from the square. When opened this summer, Ontario Square will act as a multi-use public space. Planted with several “mini-forests” of Quaking Aspen trees, the square serves as an open plaza and a gathering point for Harbourfront Centre’s school visits program.

All of the plantings for Ontario Square were completed late last year. The remaining plantings for Canada Square – and additional finishing work – will resume when the construction site reopens in March. Canada Square and Ontario Square will officially open this summer.


Interim Martin Goodman Trail and Sidewalk Construction Update


Major construction activities are now complete on the new Martin Goodman Trail and sidewalk project on the south side of Queens Quay between Yonge and Lower Jarvis streets. Crews have also completed improvements to the on-street bicycle lanes on the north and south side of Queens Quay between Lower Jarvis and Parliament streets. Work included new asphalt along the bicycle lanes and the removal of old rail tracks in the Parliament Street intersection.

The new Martin Goodman Trail, designed to provide a safe cycling connection between Central Waterfront and East Bayfront, will officially open to the public this spring. Until then, the trail remains closed as crews complete traffic line painting, signage installation and important inspections and finishing activities.

Jarvis Dockwall Reinforcement

Crews are continuing work on the reinforcement of the Jarvis dockwall. The drill rig was mobilized to the site in December and drilling for the tie-backs – or reinforcements – is now underway. Access to Canada’s Sugar Beach from Queens Quay will remain restricted until the spring when the Jarvis dockwall project is complete. Visitors to the park may enter from the eastern entrance next to Corus Quay or from the south via the water’s edge promenade.


Port Lands Public Meeting - Save-the-date


Join Waterfront Toronto on Wednesday, March 6 for a Port Lands update meeting.

The meeting will provide an update on the various projects happening in the Port Lands, including the next stage of work for the Port Lands Acceleration Initiative, an overview and update on the Leslie Barns and associated works with the TTC, Tommy Thompson Park improvements and an update on soil recycling.   


Port Lands Update Meeting
Date: Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: To be determined


Waterfront Toronto Interactive Kiosk Moves to WaterPark Place


Waterfront Toronto has moved its interactive kiosk to the lobby of WaterPark Place, at Queens Quay and Bay Street.

The kiosk features a giant touch-screen that enables users to virtually tour waterfront projects through an interactive map and dozens of photos and videos. Users can also fill out a short survey on waterfront revitalization and sign up for Waterfront Toronto’s newsletter.

Since the kiosk was launched in October 2010 it has been stationed at seven popular downtown locations and has been seen and used by many thousands of people. We thank Oxford Properties for donating space at WaterPark Place and for their ongoing support.   




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