Excavation and shoring work continues on the site, with 85% of the soil removal completed — that’s more than 32,000 cubic metres of soil to date! All this work means the crews have excavated down to the 3rd basement level (of four), approximately 11 meters of an eventual depth of 14m below grade. Along the way, crews have encountered enormous boulders typical of this area. Nonetheless, the project remains on schedule.
The excavated site is now too deep for a direct ramp to the bottom for the large equipment, so construction will continue on an elevated platform near the bottom, from which all equipment is then lowered onto the site by a mobile crane until the tower crane is erected (in July).
Meanwhile, the site hoarding will be installed this month, which will mean one southbound lane on Church Street is affected. The laneway behind the site (to the west) will also be closed off, though access is still available for St. George’s Greek Orthodox Church and the Bond Street loading docks. The team continues to work collaboratively with site neighbours, managing vibration and other impacts to minimize disruption.