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$8,800 off all suites for one day only

Join us for a barbecue this Saturday, August 25 at noon at the Minto88 sales centre. For this one day we’ll be offering $8,800 off the purchase price of any suite*.

Call 416-915-3805 for more information or email us at minto88@minto.com. Don’t forget to register and we look forward to seeing you on Saturday!

 

*Limited time bonus offer off the purchase price. Specifications subject to change without notice. Please see a sales representative for full details.

A pre-construction update from 88 Sheppard

88 is Minto’s latest condominium development coming to Yonge and Sheppard. A success from the start, it continues to garner attention for its location, incredible water feature and state of the art design. We caught up with Robert Barth, Project Manager at 88, on his role in the project at the pre-construction stage.

For those who don’t know, what does a project manager do?

I’m responsible for the construction of the building. That includes preparing the drawings, working with our estimating department to tender the job, and finally starting the construction process. Once construction starts, I’ll be responsible for budget, scheduling and quality control.

Minto has a stellar team in place. Along with support from many departments within our construction division, there will also be an assistant project manager helping to keep the project on target. On-site, there will be a superintendent who manages the day-to-day details of construction. We will also have a finishing super who is responsible for finishing all the units after the suites have been framed and are ready to be dry-walled, painted and outfitted with the client’s selected finishes.

How do you begin to plan a project of this scope?

With community involvement we looked at what would work best at this location from all angles. After several meetings with the city and in consultation with the neighbourhood, 88 was ultimately designed as a 35-storey tower with sixteen waterside townhomes.

How did you get started in the industry and how did you get into project management?

I’m the third generation in my family to work in the construction industry. I’ve always been interested in managing projects and I got into the residential aspect of construction when the condo boom took off in Toronto. This was about the same time that I was graduating from school so it was a logical choice. 

What do you think are some of the most interesting or unique features of 88?

The water feature is definitely something that makes this project unique. we built our first water feature at Spring which is also located at Yonge and Sheppard. It proved to be a huge success. The residents love having their own outdoor space. The water feature at 88 will have Brazilian ipe wood decks, a barbecue and dining areas with granite planters. It was designed as a great spot to entertain friends, have a barbecue or just relax.

We also have a great gym, yoga room, spinning room and workout centre. There are about 2500 square feet of athletic amenity space altogether. The facility was designed by Mark Stables of Benchmark and I think it will really make this project stand out. Our suite designs are also something we’re really proud of. We went through many iterations of the suite layouts to make sure they are as highly functional as possible. Every space is livable space.

Thanks to Robert Barth for taking the time to contribute to the blog. We’ll have more updates from Robert as the project advances.

How 3Di Solutions is reinventing the condo sales centre

We recently paid a visit to 3Di‘s studio in the unlikely neighbourhood of Kensington Market. They specialize in building interactive 3D touch screens for condo sales centres. They use video game engine technology to recreate the building (88 Condos, in this case) inside and out from every possible angle on an interactive touch screen. Because all elements of the environment exist simultaneously within the game engine, you can look at the whole neighbourhood surrounding the building, then zoom in to the lobby or the party room in one continuous motion.

What does this mean? Essentially, they’ve created a much more powerful tool for previewing a yet-to-be-build building, rewriting  the old rules of the presentation centre in the process. You no longer need a table in the middle with an architectural model sitting on it. The screens can go anywhere, and you can have more than one to accommodate more people. This means you can be more creative with the layout and even make do with a much smaller space if necessary.

The same navigation features can also be made available on an iPad, removing the sales centre itself from the equation. Brokers and agents now have much more flexibility in how and where they they work with clients. Check out the below video for a glance at how it all comes together.

Bamboo: we unveil the first suite at 88

By now you might have a pretty good idea of what 88 (or Ei8hty8, if you will) is all about. We’ve looked at the exterior and the amenities. We’ve even interviewed the interior designer. But we have yet to see the suites from the inside. The below renderings and video show the suite design we call Bamboo. We think you’ll see how it got its name. Enjoy!

Q&A with 88 interior designer Carmen Dragomir

You may recall our last interview with Carmen when we discussed her approach to our WaterGarden development. Now she’s working with us again on 88. We caught up with her to ask her about this new venture.

What inspiration did you take from 88’s location at Yonge & Sheppard?

CD: 88 has one of the best locations right in the urban core of North York. With a density that increases every year, I thought it would be ideal for our condo dwellers to find a small private oasis inside their private residential complex, so my interior design ideas revolved around the exterior water garden design by the landscape architect.

88 has a large water feature that is similar to Minto WaterGarden. How did you incorporate the outdoor setting of the water feature into the interior design of 88 while differentiating the design from Minto WaterGarden?

CD: The interior space was created to capture the essence of the landscape design. From inside the lobby, exercise room and party room, there is a kind of communion between the interior and exterior spaces. Each amenity space features finishes and furnishings complementary to the outdoor design. Both spaces live together, separated only by the glass wall of the north façade of the building.

88 has a contemporary look with large surfaces enriched with textures like wood and stone, vivid red colors and lighting accents.

WaterGarden, by contrast, uses a more transitional approach with intricate details, shapes & forms, blue accents and large light fixtures.

What is it like to design a space that has yet to be built versus working in a space that you can see and feel?

CD: It actually makes no difference for me if the space I design is already built or not. If anything it gives me more opportunities to create the space from inside out. When I come up with a design concept I can see all the details in my mind, like the ceilings, cove lighting, recessed niches, wall finishes, textures, and furniture.

Since the project details were still being finalized as you began designing, was there a lot of interaction with the architect or engineers? What other consultants or groups of people did you have to work with in order to understand or complete your design?

CD: There is always constant coordination with all consultants from architects and engineers to the landscape architect. All of our design concepts are then put into 3D by another consultant who is in charge of the video, animation and renderings of the spaces. It is quite a laborious and very fulfilling process.

We spoke to you about your firm, esQape Design Inc., in our last interview. What is the company up to in general? How many team members worked with you on the design for 88?

CD: We are working on quite a few condominium projects these days, but only on quality developments with a clear vision and appreciation for good design. There were four of us working on this project at the design stage. Each project is different and I love when a great new project comes along because I always find inspiration for new themes and design ideas. I’m always excited to be able to make a design vision reality.

Special thanks to Carmen for her time. Once we share the renderings, you’ll have a better idea of what to expect from 88, but we think this interview with Carmen nicely whets the appetite.