In our last update, we hinted at the upcoming window installation. Our team had just gone to check on the windows and sure enough, they met the high expectations set by the samples. In honour of the windows, we’ll begin this update by focusing on the building’s exterior, which will conceal all the hard work happening on the inside from this point forward.
Windows for the second floor have arrived safely on site, and installation is well underway at the west and south perimeters of the building. In the next week, we should see the panels wrapping around to the (more visible) east elevation building. At the north perimeter there is a slight delay due to the intricate tie-ins with the brick feature piers, but progress at all other areas will continue at a feverish pace with third floor windows being delivered this weekend.
Along the north perimeter, the stud installation that will form the back-up for the brick feature piers is underway. At the base of each of these piers is a precast concrete section. The Minto team, including the architect of course, made a trip to the precast plant to do a quality control review on the panels cast up to this week, and they’re looking spectacular. The U-shaped sections that will be installed along King Street are nearly all cast. Once these are shipped to the site and installed, we’ll install the brick that will extend to the first terracing level at the 6th floor above.
The shape of the sections means casting each monolithic base piece can take up to 3 days. We’ll share some pictures of the precast panel fabrication process, but will save most for the big reveal for when the elements are shipped and installed on site.
As usual, installation of the mechanical and electrical is advancing with the structure and we’ve started on in-suite water lines and electrical panels. Drywall stud framing is the next step.
That being said, we close our update by returning to our beloved topic of structure. Concrete work for the 7th floor has been completed, and we are midway through pouring the 8th floor slab. At this stage, the reduced floor plate size means we can advance a floor a week (working days not calendar), weather cooperating that is. In no time we’ll be topping off the west tower. Expect to see completion of the east tower structure follow the west tower by approximately four weeks.
Needless to say, it’s exciting times down here at Minto 775 King West!