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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.

first concrete (2)

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.

Daniela 2


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.

last concrete pour


 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.


Minto’s Ei8hty8 Not Slowing Down

Our readers got a preview of the construction progress at Minto’s Ei8hty8 last week, but we didn’t really get to share the details of what’s going on at the site. This week we want to let you in on what’s actually going on at 88 Sheppard Avenue East, the site of our Yonge and Sheppard development.
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An Update from 88


The progress at 88 is moving so fast that we can hardly keep up! Last time we caught up with the crew they had hardly surfaced above ground. A lot has happened since then! Check it out.


As you can see, the  forming and rough-ins have commenced up to the ninth floor. On the exterior, canopy work is ongoing and we’ll start to see it form in the near future. The installation of the tower hoist has commenced and we’re still finishing up work in the electrical room and parking levels.


Construction of our townhomes is coming along and the roof of Block A has been poured as well as the walls of the second and third units in Block B.


On top of all of these great updates, we have a lot to look forward to! Soon enough, we’ll see the crane in courtyard to come down and we’ll have the hoist fully installed. There are a lot of exciting things happening on site and it’s amazing to see the tower rise. We can’t wait for the next update to share many more photos!

Stay up to date on the progress at 88 and the rest of our projects on Twitter, Facebook and right here on our blog.

There are a few suites left for sale at 88. The sales centre is by appointment only.

Construction is now seriously underway at 88

Last Thursday, just before taking off for the Easter long weekend, our team celebrated the groundbreaking of 88 at Sheppard Avenue East and Doris Avenue in the Yonge & Sheppard area. We already hosted a celebration for purchasers, but this was a chance for Minto staffers to celebrate everyone’s hard work and pose with the groundbreaking shovel.

Looking good, guys!

Meanwhile, this is what’s been going on on site since the official start of construction. First on the agenda is always the bulk excavation of the entire site. Approximately 120 dump truck loads a day were carted away. Then the team moved on to drilling shoring piles and tiebacks. About 150 of the 300 hundred piles have been drilled and tie back drilling has just started.

We’re preparing the site for the erection of the first tower crane in late May and concrete forming will start in late June. Check out the gallery below for a taste of the action.

Minto’s 2013 BILD Award nominations

The finalists have been announced for the 2013 BILD Awards and Minto high-rise and low-rise projects keep popping up throughout the list! Here’s a rundown of the awards we’re up for at the BILD Awards gala on April 26.


Minto30Roe by Rob McPhail Design & Minto SouthShore by CJ Designs



“Bamboo” at 88 by esQape Design & 3Di Solutions

A14-Minto-88-Bamboo Kitchen


“PH1702” at minto775 King West



“The Horizon” at Minto SouthShore

NORM LI AG+I 130107_Exterior_Aerial Terrace_Cutaway_LR


We’re also up for:

Minto30Roe by L.A. Inc. & Cober Printing

(We’re really excited about this one, of course)

And a couple of big ones:


Minto SouthShore by NAK Design Group & Guthrie Muscovitch Architects


When the BILD Awards finalists get announced it’s a sure sign that spring is around the corner. For more information on the event and to view the full list of finalists, visit the BILD blog here and don’t forget to wish us luck!

Breaking ground at 88

Last Thursday we celebrated breaking ground at Yonge and Sheppard’s 88. By combining the festivities with a lunar new year theme, we made sure construction started with a bang. A tent was set up on site and guests were treated to fireworks and lion dancers with tunes by Magen Boys and amazing food by the Food Dudes.

Plus, we gave away two trips to Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls and one grand prize of a trip to Las Vegas. Check out the event photos below.


Late winter ground breakings

We’re hitting the ground running in 2013. No fewer than three ground breakings are on the horizon in three very different parts of the city. Besides all of them being in great locations, the common thread running through them will be the presence of our beloved ground breaking shovel.

Most of the time it lives in the main boardroom at head office, but whenever we break ground at a new project, the shovel comes with us. This shovel is very special to us, and, quite frankly, irreplaceable. It has been at every ground breaking since we began building in Toronto in 1986 and is engraved with the name of every one of those projects. The shovel’s upcoming tour will bring it to 88 at Yonge and Sheppard, Minto30Roe at Yonge and Eglinton and Southshore in Etobicoke.   

Indulge us for a moment as we reminisce on some ground breakings from our formative years. Check out the gallery below for a little blast form the past and, if you’re a purchaser at one of the above projects, keep an eye on your inbox for your ground breaking invite.

minto775, 2010

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