Earth moving at Yonge & Bloor as excavation crews keep digging deeper on One Bloor condo tower site

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One Bloor condos Toronto

January 11 2012: Excavation has progressed to roughly one level below grade at the One Bloor condo site, a dramatic change from exactly one year ago …

 

One Bloor condos Toronto

… when the property was still just a snow-covered empty lot. This is a view of the southern third of the One Bloor site, looking west from the Yonge-Bloor TTC subway entrance at the adjacent Xerox tower on January 10 2011 …

 

One Bloor condos Toronto

… while this is a view of the northern two-thirds of the property, also taken from the west side of the Xerox building on January 10 last year

 

Digging deeper: Exactly one year ago, the southeast corner of Yonge & Bloor Streets was just a large, empty, snow-covered lot, bisected by a pedestrian entrance to the Yonge-Bloor subway station. Now it’s a bustling construction site where an enormous excavation is taking shape for the 70-storey One Bloor condo tower.  So far crews have dug deeper than one level below grade, making steady progress on moving earth out of what will ultimately become a five-level underground parking garage. One Bloor is a project of Great Gulf Homes. The tower was designed by Hariri Pontarini Architects, with interior design by Cecconi Simone Inc. Below are photos I have shot of One Bloor’s excavation progress in the past two weeks. Renderings and illustrations of the tower can be viewed on the One Bloor East project page of the Hariri Pontarini website.

 

One Bloor condos Toronto

December 30 2011: Looking to the northwest across the construction site

 

One Bloor condos Toronto

December 30 2011: Digging still hasn’t started at the southwest corner

 

One Bloor condos Toronto

December 30 2011: Excavation at the north side of the site, along Bloor Street

 

One Bloor condos Toronto

December 30 2011: Construction equipment near the northwest corner

 

One Bloor condos Toronto

 December 30 2011: Idle excavating machines on the south end of the lot

 

One Bloor condos Toronto

January 11 2012: An excavating machine digs near the southwest corner of the lot, as seen here from the west side of Yonge Street

 

One Bloor condos Toronto

January 11 2012: The One Bloor excavation, viewed from the southeast corner of Yonge & Hayden Streets

 

One Bloor condos Toronto

January 11 2012: Looking from Hayden Street toward The Bay’s 44 Bloor Street East department store at the Hudson’s Bay Centre

 

One Bloor condos Toronto

January 11 2012: Overlooking excavation activity from the southeast

 

One Bloor condos Toronto

 January 11 2012: Two red dump trucks stand by for loads of dirt

 

One Bloor condos Toronto

January 11 2012: Excavation progress near the northeast corner along Bloor

 

One Bloor condos Toronto

January 11 2012: Excavation crews working near the northeast corner

 

One Bloor condos Toronto

January 11 2012: Construction entrance ramp off Bloor Street

 

One Bloor condos Toronto

January 11 2012: Excavation appears to be deepest at the northwest corner

 

One Bloor condos Toronto

January 11 2012: An excavating machine digs near the southwest corner

 

One Bloor condos Toronto

January 11 2012: In less than two weeks, several feet of soil has been excavated from virtually the entire site

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2 thoughts on “Earth moving at Yonge & Bloor as excavation crews keep digging deeper on One Bloor condo tower site

  1. Delores Lyon

    Wow, it is crazy to see the progress of all that excavation! It must take some really powerful machines to get through the snow and the dirt like that! I wonder how much harder the job gets when you have to do it in the winter?

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