543 Yonge Street, Toronto

Project overview

Winslet and Trinity selected Laurin General Contractor as constructor on this project given our competitive tendering strategy and deep technical capability. This was a complicated project by all standards requiring delicate staging of works, coordination of trades and material management having interface with tenants and the public.

A major renovation to an occupied 1920’s vintage building that had two major additions on a tiny urban infill site in the heart of Toronto at the intersection of Yonge and Wellesley Streets. It was the owner’s requirement to create leasable floors in a period building where low ceilings and multiple obstructions existed at basement (Dollarama) and ground floor (LCBO) levels. Laurin systematically and methodically by a grid strategy would excavate basement sections two meters in depth then undertook shoring, underpinning and structural concrete reconstruction activities to the entire perimeter foundations and two 10,000 sf floor footprints.

This work involved the installation and replacements to fifty four building columns – complete with remediate structural work throughout the entire 60,000 sf building. With no parking, delivery doors or places to stage work, we worked with stakeholders in what was by all accounts a very successful delivery. Outside of the obvious logistics and technical challenges, contaminated soils, asbestos removal and stringent time lines made more challenging an already difficult job.