Flat iron building lined up for Toronto’s Liberty Village

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A new building in Toronto’s Liberty Village neighborhood features an iron-like design and includes an extension of the Toronto West Railroad passing through its ground floor.

“The site hosts a connection to the Toronto West Railroad, which, together with an integrated on-site park designation, will provide additional connectivity for the project’s residential rental units to a greater network of bike paths and pedestrians in the city,” Eli Miller, vice president of project management at Hullmark Asset Management, said in an email to the Daily Commercial News.

The client is First Capital REIT and Hullmark Asset Management in joint venture. Multiplex is the construction manager, Kirkor Architects and Planners is the official architect and Quadrangle is the design architect.

“First Capital is very pleased to add 1071 King Street West to its existing portfolio in Liberty Village, a very important neighborhood for First Capital,” said Martin Greer, senior director of pre-construction at First Capital REIT.

“The flatiron-style building will be an iconic landmark for the region.”

Multiplex began initial work, including demolition, in December 2021. Main work is expected to start in late 2022.

The 14-story, 254,000 square foot mixed-use residential building will include two levels of underground parking. The purpose-built rental building with ground-level retail will feature 227 rental units. The site itself poses unique challenges.

“The restricted site is bordered by the rail corridor through Liberty Village, a busy residential street, and the TTC streetcar line on King Street West,” explained Jason Poole, project manager at Multiplex. “Multiplex’s thorough logistics plan takes these factors into account and will ensure military precision during construction.”

During pre-construction, Multiplex built the project virtually using Building Information Modeling technology which allowed the team to visualize schedule (4D), cost (5D) and embodied carbon (6D).

In terms of design, there was an effort to ensure the building fit into the existing community, Miller said.

“The use of traditional and sustainable materials, combined with the flat iron design, gives the project a timeless look and feel,” he said. “A primary goal of our projects is to ensure that they stand the test of time and integrate into the surrounding community.”

Many sustainability initiatives are also associated with the project, including a geothermal heating and cooling system, which will provide a carbon-free solution throughout the building’s life cycle.

It also aims to reduce energy consumption and improve overall building efficiency. The pipes will be installed deep in the ground, with the difference between the temperature of the earth and that of the air being used to heat and cool the building when finished.

The team acknowledges there have been challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic and supply chain delays, but says they have been able to mitigate the impact.

Angus McLellan, Multiplex Project Manager, said, “Through early business involvement, Multiplex is able to anticipate and plan for future supply chain challenges and mitigate potential impacts before they begin.

Security is also a priority for Multiplex, Poole said. A comprehensive COVID-19 management and response plan has been implemented and adheres to current health and safety protocols from health authorities.

Other project consultants include RJC Engineers (structural engineer); Smith and Andersen (MEP); Nak Design Strategies (landscape architect); HGC Engineering (acoustic engineer); Isherwood Geostructural Engineers (shoring); WSP Canada (civilian); Gradient Wind Engineering Inc. (wind and energy); BA Consulting Group Ltd. (traffic/transport); Bousfields Inc. (urban planning); EQ Building Performance (energy modeling); EXP (geotechnical engineer); GHD (environment); and Design Agency (interior design).

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