Posted on November 5, 2015

Eastern Construction was recently awarded a $23.8M Construction Management contract by the City of Hamilton to renovate 50 Main Street East, a 1956 heritage building, updating base building infrastructure and security measures to provide long-term accommodations for the Provincial Offences Administration Office (POA), the Ontario Municipal Board, and the City of Hamilton’s Legal Services & Risk Management Divisions.   Currently vacant, 50 Main Street East provides the City with 112,000 sq ft of space for the aforementioned clients with the remainder of the space being made available to future tenants.  Eastern foresees reaching substantial completion in the third quarter of 2017.

Posted on October 27, 2015

Following a competitive tender process, Halton Region recently approved Eastern’s bid of $54 Million for the construction of the new headquarters building for Halton Regional Police Service.  The ground-breaking ceremony took place in October.  Members of Eastern’s project team are currently mobilizing on-site, establishing the trailer compound and site offices.  Once complete, the new four-storey 235,000 sq ft facility will consolidate numerous units within a single facility in addition to accommodating vehicle maintenance, officer training, tactical firing ranges, and forensic identification unit.

Posted on October 27, 2015

Montcrest School is a co-educational community located in the Riverdale community.  Standing on its 54-year heritage of fostering intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, creativity, and social/emotional development and well-being, Montcrest has undertaken a campaign to transform the school by constructing purpose-built facilities for grades six through eight.  The new space will provide right-sized teaching and learning spaces reflective of student needs.  The project will be executed in three non-contiguous phases over a period spanning May 2016 through to December 2017.  Using a Construction Management approach, the scope of work includes selective demolition, adaption of heritage structures, and expansion of campus facilities. 

Eastern Construction is pleased to be working with Mongomery Sisam Architects and MPHM on this project.

Posted on October 27, 2015

Over the course of the year, Eastern Construction has been awarded a total of $40 Million in laboratory fit-out work at the MaRS Discovery District.  Eastern’s work includes four floors of wet and dry laboratory space, designed by Perkins+Will,  for the University of Toronto and is currently underway using three separate CCDC-2 Stipulated Sum contracts.  An additional floor of wet and dry lab space, designed by NXL Architects, will be fit-out for Ryerson University using a CCDC-5B Construction Management contract.

Posted on October 27, 2015

Eastern Construction congratulates Waterfront Toronto and Allied Properties REIT.

Each year the Canadian Urban Institute (CUI) hands-out two awards recognizing the best overall projects across Canada, one award for Building Scale and a second for Neighbourhood Scale.  This year, CUI granted both top awards to projects built by Eastern Construction.

Waterfront Toronto Queens Quay Revitalization, designed by West 8 in conjunction with DTAH, received the 2015 Brownie Award for Best Overall - Neighbourhood Scale.

Queen Richmond Centre West, developed by Allied Properties REIT and designed by Sweeny &Co Architects, was recognized with the 2015 Brownie Award for Best Overall - Building Scale.

The CUI Brownie Awards were held in collaboration with FCM Green Municipal Fund and the Canadian Brownfields Network.  The program recognizes excellence in redeveloping urban sites in Canadian communities.

For more details on the 2015 Brownie Awards and the criteria used by the jury, please link to 2015 CUI Brownie Awards.

 

Posted on March 25, 2015

In a ceremony hosted at Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto, a LEED Platinum project built by Eastern Construction and recipient of a 2008 Holcim Award, the Design Team responsible for the restoration and expansion of the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape + Design at the University of Toronto received an Acknowledgement Prize as part of the Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction.  A worldwide competition, the North American Awards recognized a total of 13 projects from across Canada and the United States.

According to Holcim, an international jury led by Toshiko Mori (USA) selected the winners using the “target issues” for sustainable construction that consider environmental, social and economic performance while also highlighting the need for architectural excellence and a high degree of transferability.  The Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction competition seeks innovative, future-oriented and tangible construction projects to promote sustainable responses to the technological, environmental, socioeconomic and cultural issues affecting building and construction on a local, regional and global level. The competition has been run by the Swiss-based Holcim Foundation since 2004.

Eastern Construction is pleased to have been selected as the Construction Manager for both the restoration of 1 Spadina Crescent, a heritage building dated 1875, and construction of the new faculty building integrating sustainability with advanced architectural and engineering concepts.  Eastern extends our congratulations to the entire design team including NADAAA and Adamson Associates Architects.

For further information, please link to: http://www.holcimfoundation.org/Projects/heritage-reframed

 

Posted on February 12, 2015

In time for the 2014 Fall session, Deerfield Hall opened its doors to the students and faculty at the Mississauga campus of the University of Toronto.  A design-build project valued at $49.5 Million, Eastern Construction delivered Deerfield Hall on schedule and within budget.

Shortly after commencing full operations, Deerfield Hall was recognized by the Ontario Concrete Association with an Architectural Merit Award.

"It is called the Architectural Merit Award but I think it is really about the construction team's ability to technically achieve the architectural end through resourcefulness and commitment," says Andrew Frontini of Perkins + Will Canada, when speaking with the Daily Commercial News about the project and the distinction of receving an Ontario Concrete Award.

Of particular note was the Architects’ approach to incorprating concerete forming as a design feature.  A unique plastic liner product was applied to industry-standard high density plywood forms to produce a "board-form look" to the architecturally exposed concrete columns and feature wall in Deerfield Hall.  The board-form harkens back to the days when 3.5-foot wide boards were used as forms and thus creates a visually appeal ‘retro-look’ to the exposed concrete elements featured in the building.

For further details, please link to the article by Daily Commercial News: http://bit.ly/1Ag1Ul1

Posted on October 14, 2014

Ryerson University and Eastern Construction executed the Construction Management agreement on October 9th for the Church Street Development.  With an overall budget of $110 Million, this exciting project will act as the southern gateway to Ryerson’s campus and embrace sustainability in its construction, facility management, and energy construction.

Quoting Ryerson Builds, the Church Street Development (CSD) will transform an existing parking lot located just north of Dundas on Church Street into a combination of academic and administrative spaces, housing for students, retail areas, and an underground parking garage. The CSD will be home to Ryerson’s Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing, the Midwifery Education, School of Nutrition, School of Occupational and Public Health, Communications, Government & Community Engagement, University Advancement, Food Services and a Fabrication Zone.  The facility will open to students in time for Fall 2018.

Posted on June 11, 2014

The Governor General’s Medals in Architecture are administered by Architecture Canada (RAIC) and recognize outstanding achievement in recently built projects by Canadian architects.  Eastern Construction is exceedingly pleased to be associated with two recipients of the Governor General’s Medals in Architecture in 2014.  During a ceremony held May 12 in Ottawa, KPMB Architects were recognized for their design of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.  That same evening, Shim-Sutcliff Architects were honoured for their design of the Sisters of St. Joseph Residence in Toronto.  Jury comments for each project include:

Rotman School of Management: KPMB Architects

"Large glass volumes are anchored to an existing Victorian house and seem to float behind it. The volumes are simple and their detailing well-controlled, giving this building a sense of refinement and solidity. The lipstick-pink line of a staircase spirals up and down their core, to act as a social condenser and tease out the element of creation and innovation inherent in the school philosophy. This bright gesture in a sober box, along with the light volumes against the stately mansion, make a convincing use of contrasts."

Sisters of St. Joseph: Shim-Sutcliff Architects

"This project shines for the care that was brought in creating a loving environment for the elderly. The progression of public to private living spaces is underscored by the transition from urban to natural setting, along a narrow site on the edge of a ravine. The choice of materials and the careful attention to detail further add to the notion of this being a life-supporting environment, in the most profound sense of the term."

For more information on the Governor General’s Medals in Architecture and the projects listed above:

Rotman School of Management:              http://bit.ly/1l3tKrl

Sisters of St. Joseph:                               http://bit.ly/1n3Oihi

Posted on March 28, 2014

This week, Toronto was host to the NASCC: The Steel Conference, an annual event organized by the American Institute of Steel Construction.  On March 26, more than 100 delegates enjoyed the opportunity to tour Queen Richmond Centre West, a project currently underway with Eastern Construction.  Specifically, delegates were interested in the design and construction of the delta frames, which feature massive 35,000 lb cast steel nodes in addition to reviewing the "table-top" steel platform, designed to integrate with the reinforced concrete tower above. The delta frames will be the primary elements serving to resist gravity/lateral forces; due to the extreme magnitude of loading, the delta frame members and cast nodes are concrete-filled while intumescent coating provides fire resistance.