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Meet Daniela: Assistant Superintendent at 88

Meet Daniela, our enthusiastic Assistant Superintendent at 88. As Assistant Superintendent, Daniela is in charge of build out and finishes. Build out is the composition of the interior structure of the building, working from framing of exterior and interior walls to mechanical and electrical rough in. Daniela carries this process through to the finishes which include cabinets, countertops, and flooring, to name a few.

There’s a lot to keep track of in a building that’s 35 storeys high, and Daniela does a incredible job at keeping everyone positive and keeping the work on schedule.

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In her 7 years at Minto, Daniela has been a part of 4 projects – Minto Skyy, Minto775, Minto WaterGarden and 88.  She started her career as a coordinator at Skyy and the hands-on learning she attainedby being able to participate in on site activities helped her gain the experience she needed to move up in her position. She became more confident and transitioned into her role as an assistant superintendent at Minto 775, where she learned how to manage the process, trades, and any obstacles that came her way.

We sat down with Daniela to talk about what it’s like to work on site as an Assistant Superintendent.

 


What’s your favourite part about your job?

To have to pick one particular aspect about my job that I favour is hard. It’s a challenging and exciting environment where I have the ability to be part of a team that creates a massive structure which one day someone will call their home. We construct a landmark in this beautiful city and have the satisfaction of knowing that we were involved in creating it.

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What’s the hardest part?

The fast-paced nature of the work is tough, and it can become pretty stressful at times but I think that’s what I also enjoy about it. I don’t think I could ever work in a slow-paced environment.

 

What are you most looking forward to seeing come together at 88?

I’m excited to see it all come together, especially with the amazing water feature– I think Minto always executes water features very well. As all the finishes come together in the amenities and common areas, you start to realize that the final product of a project you’ve been working on for a long time is finally coming into fruition and you feel as though you’ve achieved something great. I’ve gained so much from my past projects and I’ve enjoyed working on this one too; we have a great team, we have a lot of fun, and we get the job done.

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 What’s a typical day like?

I normally meet with the labourers and handymen before 7am to go over the plan for the day. Once we’ve mapped out what needs to be done, I ensure that everyone, including the trades, are all executing our plan accordingly, ensuring everyone is on track. There’s always going to be hurdles throughout the day but it’s how I deal with them that makes a difference in our productivity. I also have an iPad that helps me keep track of our daily progress, problems, and deficiencies which allows me do my job more effectively. I’m constantly on my feet, usually getting to most of the 35 floors in the building in one day. It can be quite the workout!

 

What’s it like working in a predominately male work environment?

I have a great relationship with the trades and my team, and there is a lot of mutual respect. To me, it doesn’t make an impact in the way I work or how I interact with the trades on site. We are all working together to achieve a common goal. I’m proud to be one of the few women working in this field, hopefully I can inspire more to follow my lead.


 

Thanks for the update Daniela! It was great hearing more about what happens on-site. The construction of 88 is almost complete and our home owners will be moving in soon! We only have a few suites left at this fabulous condo. Contact us at 416.915.3800 to book your private tour.

 

Spring has Sprung at Kingmeadow!

With the weather warming up, there is lots of activity happening at Kingmeadow. Our team on site is loving that the bitter winter has left us for warmer sunny days to work in!

Phase 2 at Kingmeadow is well underway, and the neighbourhood is looking great. There are over 100 Phase 2 homes currently under construction, including three blocks of Traditional Town Homes. Our first closings of Phase 2 happened at the end of March, and in April we have 25 homeowners moving into their new Kingmeadow homes. Welcome to the neighbourhood!

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Minto Kingmeadow homes in Oshawa

At the end of March the team also began excavating our first 2 blocks of Bridle Towns and began framing the Ravine Models in this Phase. We are excited to see these homes start to take shape!

Minto Kingmeadow homes in Oshawa

Minto Kingmeadow homes in Oshawa

Interested in living at Kingmeadow? Check out our website or come visit us at our sales centre today to learn more and choose your dream home!

Up, Up, and Away at Minto30Roe

There’s lots to see at the Minto30Roe site! Construction is moving along quickly now that we’ve cleared street level, and we are well on our way to the top. Take a look at these photos from the site to see how we’re progressing.

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We bet you haven’t seen Yonge and Eglinton like this before, have you? This is an image from our aerial camera at the intersection right above Minto30Roe and it shows a great view of what the incredible Minto construction team is up to. If you’re not well-versed in construction processes, this photo shows Minto30Roe proceeding with Level 04 slab and continuing to form the podium shape of the building. This photo does a fantastic job highlighting how far we’ve come since we got to street-level a month ago.

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We’re also working on installing the mechanical and electrical components in the framing for the future suites and amenity areas of the building. It’s difficult to see these processes in the photos because a lot of the work is done by hand, inside the building before the concrete is poured.

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As you can see, our progress is coming along nicely and before you know it our Minto30Roe will be towering above Yonge and Eglinton.

There are still opportunities to purchase your next home in our building! And now for a limited time you can get up to $10,000 off the purchase of your suite and a FREE locker for all 2 bed suites, plus an additional $5,000 in décor upgrades. If you’re interested, check out our website or give us a call at (416)-915-3812.

Construction 101: The Mechanical Stage

Construction 101

We haven’t updated you on the construction process in a couple of months, but we’re back and we’re now on a really exciting stage of building a home. Last time we told you about framing, which is a visual notifier that construction is moving along, but that’s just putting up the skeleton of the house. During the mechanical stage, the construction crew starts to add the guts of the house – the parts that make it work.

  1. Electrical: lights, plugs and switches
  2. Heating and ventilation
  3. Plumbing and water pipes
  4. Windows and doors
  5. Stairs
  6. Boxing in: framing of the staircases and bulkheads

Remember that everything that is installed during the mechanical stage is a rough-in and the finishes are completed after the drywall, insulation and taping stage, which we’ll tell you about in our next Construction 101 post!

Update at Kingmeadow!

Summer is almost officially here and with it we have a construction update from Kingmeadow, our development in Durham Region. The Kingmeadow Community is well under way with the Exterior Works Program. Half of the curbs have been installed in phase #1 with sidewalks, driveways and sod to follow in the coming weeks.

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By the end of June, 85 Kingmeadow homeowners will be moved into their new homes!  The second half of Phase #1 is now under construction with homes at various stages from excavation to framing. The summer is going to be busy and we look forward to moving in more residents and welcoming them to the Kingmeadow Community.

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Bridle framed

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