news from our new blue edge

February 2013


George Brown Waterfront Campus Receives Award

George Brown College's Waterfront Campus recently brought home a Project Achievement Award in the large project category from the Toronto Construction Association’s 15th annual ‘Best of the Best’ awards. The award recognizes innovation, extraordinary achievement and professional excellence in overcoming challenges related to budget, schedule and quality control and in creating unique safety and environmental protocols.

Campus Offers Community Health & Wellness Services

Faculty supervised clinics at George Brown College’s waterfront campus now offer a variety of health and wellness services to the public through its WAVE (Wellness, Applied Research and Visionary Education) programs. The clinics are designed to provide low-cost professional services to the community, while giving students the opportunity to gain practical work experience in a real world clinic setting using state-of-the-art technology. The services offered include:
•    WAVE Active Living: Health assessments for blood pressure, nutrition and fitness
•    WAVE Dental Clinic: Dental assessments, cleanings, restorations and dentures
•    WAVE Fitness Studios: Personal training and group exercise classes
•    WAVE Hearing Clinic: Hearing tests, hearing aid evaluation and recommendation, consultation for assistive listening devices and hearing conservation, fitting of hearing instruments
•    WAVE Health Promotion: Community health promotion programs and presentations on topics such as smoking cessation and diabetes management

For more information about WAVE, how to book an appointment and the fee schedule for services, visit George Brown's WAVE (Wellness, Applied Research and Visionary Education).


Take a tour of the George Brown waterfront campus with The’s  Christopher Hume. “This is the building that will change everything for the waterfront,” said Hume.


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Canary District Wins Prestigious Design Award


Dundee Kilmer Integrated Design Team has been honoured with the 2012 Canadian Architect Award of Excellence for the Canary District in the West Don Lands. The Canary District was one of nine projects honoured from 167 submissions in the annual awards program that recognizes architects and architectural graduates for projects in the design stage.

The Canary District site is the portion of the mixed-use West Dons Lands community that will first serve as the Athletes' Village for the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games.

The design team is a joint venture of architectsAlliance and Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects in association with Daoust Lestage Inc. and MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects.



"The Canary precinct is sophisticated proof (and a quiet rallying call) that intelligent cities should renew the currency of the well-crafted 'block' as the real medium in which we can grow good neighbourhoods," said Award of Excellence juror Donald Chong.

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Pan Am Athletes' Village/Canary District Construction Update



Work on the underground hydro duct banks that will service the area continues to progress. Completion of this work will facilitate the installation of underground electrical utilities, providing the area with permanent power by the summer of 2013.

Construction to install underground services on Sumach Street between Eastern Avenue and King Street will begin on March 4 on the west side of the street. The work includes the installation of the new stormwater system and will take approximately four weeks to complete. North/south access to the street will be maintained throughout the project, however, while the work is underway street parking will not be available.   

Old Eastern Avenue and Cherry Street between Eastern Avenue and Lake Shore Boulevard East will remain closed to through traffic until July. Access will be maintained to All City Storage.

YMCA/George Brown College

Crews are currently working to form the fourth floor of the east tower of the George Brown College student residence and third floor of the north tower. Structural steel for the YMCA building’s roof has arrived and will be installed when George Brown’s east tower is topped off in spring 2013.

Affordable Housing Buildings

Crews are now forming and pouring the sixth floor at the Fred Victor building. At the Wigwamen building, the townhouse forming and pouring is complete and crews are working on the sixth floor in the main building.

Canary District Condominiums

On the first market housing condominium building, the stonework on the slab on grade is progressing, which will allow crews to form the ground floor suspended slab. Part of the north ground floor slab has already been poured. On the south end, the forming and pouring of walls and columns, and waterproofing continues. Backfilling has begun in preparation for the ground floor slab.   

On the second market housing building, the eighth and final site crane was erected at the beginning of February. Part of the ground floor slab in the north tower has been formed and poured, and at the south tower the caisson work, foundation walls and columns are being finished in the P2 level, in preparation for the suspended P1 slab.  

To learn more, visit Canary District Condominiums or the sales centre located at 9 Mill Street.


Don River Park Construction Update


Construction is nearing completion for Don River Park, the 7.3-hectare park that will be the centrepiece of the West Don Lands. Positioned atop the area’s flood protection landform, the park takes full advantage of the topography and will transform a vital piece of infrastructure into a beautiful public green space.

The dry side of the park is virtually complete awaiting only the installation of lights at River Square and the installation of the park’s public art, the restored No Shoes sculpture by renowned American artist Mark di Suvero.

Construction of the park’s wet side will commence upon completion of the flood protection landform’s armoured slope that is being built by Infrastructure Ontario.

Don River Park is scheduled to open in summer 2013 once the many pathways and entry points into the park are constructed and there is access into the park from nearby communities and adjacent recreational trails.

View a photo gallery of construction images and artist’s renderings of Don River Park.



Pavilion looking south east at Don River Park.

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River City Construction Update


Construction on the two buildings that make up the first phase of River City continues to steadily progress.  

At the seven-storey River Street building, finishing touches are being made on the unit interiors and installation of the exterior metal cladding is 95 per cent complete. The amenity spaces are progressing steadily, with the lobby slated for completion first, followed by the entertainment lounge. On the 16-storey King Street building, glazing is nearly finished and installation of the exterior metal cladding is 30 per cent complete.

River City is the first private sector development in the West Don Lands. Construction of the development’s second phase has now begun and crews are onsite drilling the caissons and piles for the foundation. Suites in the three 12-storey glass mini-towers that overlook Don River Park have been selling well since sales launched last fall. To learn more, visit the River City sales centre at 554 Queen St. East or


Currently under construction, Phase 1 of River City looking east.

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Check out the River City webcam to view construction progress.


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, exterior brickwork has been completed and window installation has progressed to the seventh floor. Crews continue to work on interior masonry, mechanical and electrical distribution. Drywall partitions have begun to go up and roofing and elevator installation have both commenced.

Construction also continues to progress at the two buildings located between River and St. Lawrence streets that will provide affordable housing for families. With concrete forming complete, crews continue to focus on installing the exterior wood cladding which has now progressed to the fourth floor. Mechanical and electrical installation continues at both buildings.


Toronto Community Housing project in the West Don Lands. Occupancy for all three buildings is scheduled for this fall.

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Queens Quay Revitalization

Construction Update

Construction continues on Queens Quay.

Queens Quay construction continues to progress with crews working on several different types of activities along the corridor. Recent construction highlights include:

Crews continued with the construction of the new storm and sanitary infrastructure on Queens Quay. In addition to dewatering activities, this work involved the saw-cutting, excavation, and installation of the new concrete pipe line.

•    Construction of the new parking lay-by on the west side of York Street, north of Queens Quay south of Harbour Street is nearing completion. The lay-by will act as a short-term drop-off and pick-up zone allowing coaches and tour bus passengers to enter the waterfront during this stage of construction.

•    Toronto Hydro crews are continuing to work in a number of locations along Queens Quay. Toronto Hydro will upgrade its aging infrastructure through the construction of 47 new or rebuilt chambers and 32 concrete-encased ducts.

•    The majority of demolition activities have been completed at the Peter Slip Bridge.  Crews are focusing their efforts on building the infrastructure required to support the new ducts that must be constructed on the underside of the bridge. Repairs to the bridge surface including concrete patching and installation of waterproofing will continue.
 Queens Quay: Open for Business during construction
•    Demolition of the top of the Bay Street TTC tunnel is now complete and crews have constructed a “mock-up” just west of Bay Street to test concrete and rail for the new TTC corridor.

•    The 509 Harbourfront TTC bus stop on Queens Quay at York Street has been relocated to the centre travel lane, just east of the traffic signal at York Street. The TTC stop was moved to enable crews to work on the new sanitary infrastructure on the northside of Queens Quay.

To receive a weekly update on construction activities, please subscribe to Waterfront Toronto’s Queens Quay Construction Updates.

Portland Slip Construction Update


Construction continues to progress on the 120-metre stretch of water’s edge promenade near the foot of Bathurst Street along the western edge of the Portland Slip. The concrete slab has now been poured over the entire site and crews have begun the installation of granite paving stones. The granite mosaic will form a maple leaf pattern along the promenade. In the spring, a double row of native maple trees will be planted along the promenade to provide wind protection in the winter months and shade during the summer.

Bike rings have been installed along the western side of the Portland Slip. Crews are now in the process of fixing wooden knife plates in preparation for the installation of ipe wood benches throughout the site. 


Port Lands Public Meeting Rescheduled


The Port Lands Public Update Meeting is now being held the evening of Wednesday April 10. Due to unforeseen circumstances we had to reschedule the meeting originally slated for March 6. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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, April 10, 2013
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: To be determined


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