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In an operation of extreme precision and collaboration, PCL Constructors Canada Inc. (Toronto) managed coordination of the new #CFTECBridge to its permanent home on Queen Street West this past weekend, connecting CF Toronto Eaton Centre with the Hudson’s Bay and Saks Fifth Avenue flagship location in downtown Toronto.
In the early morning hours of July 8th, PCL began the day’s activities by reviewing the construction and safety management plan with all workers, followed by preparations to begin moving the bridge. The precise and lengthy move utilized a self-propelled modular transport (SPMT) vehicle that lifted the bridge from its pre-assembly location on James Street, into place for installation on Queen Street West.
The strategic decision to construct the bridge on the ground on James Street, next to the city’s premier urban shopping location, instead of demolishing and constructing the bridge in place in a traditional stick build method, enabled PCL and Cadillac Fairview to minimize impact to its clients, neighbours and tenants of the Toronto Eaton Centre, as well as to greater general public and City of Toronto.
Due to the exposed structure where the old bridge used to reside, the next steps in the construction process involve tying in the new infrastructure to the existing buildings, which includes connecting the mechanical, electrical and life safety systems between the two buildings and the new bridge. In advance of the bridge’s opening this Fall, the next few months will also involve flooring installation and completion of interior finishes.
The new bridge represents another significant milestone in the redevelopment of CF Toronto Eaton Centre, helping to realize Cadillac Fairview’s vision of including Hudson’s Bay and Saks Fifth Avenue as part of CF Toronto Eaton Centre and its promise of delivering a premium shopping experience.
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PCL is a group of independent construction companies that carries out work across Canada, the United States, the Caribbean, and in Australia. These diverse operations in infrastructure, heavy industrial, and buildings markets are supported by a strategic presence in 31 major centres. Backed by PCL’s 111-year legacy, and with more than four decades of experience in Southwestern Ontario’s dynamic construction market, the Toronto office is PCL’s largest district with more than 550 of the construction industry’s most-talented professionals and an annual construction volume of more than $1.0B. For more information, visit: www.pcl.com/toronto.
Cadillac Fairview is one of the largest owners, operators and developers of best-in-class office, retail and mixed-use properties in North America. The Cadillac Fairview portfolio is owned by the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, a diversified global investor which administers the pensions of more than 300,000 active and retired school teachers. The real estate portfolio also includes investments in retail, mixed-use and industrial real estate in Brazil, Colombia and Mexico. Valued at more than $29 Billion, the Canadian portfolio includes over 37 million square feet of leasable space at 67 properties in Canada, including landmark developments, such as Toronto-Dominion Centre, CF Toronto Eaton Centre, CF Pacific Centre and CF Chinook Centre.
Video credit: The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited
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