PWC Tower at 18 York Street
Great West Life Realty Advisors
(with KPMB Architects)
TYPE: Office Building
AREA: 850,000 sf
This 26-storey ‘green’ office tower lies in the heart of the city’s “South Core”, a new mixed-use annex south-west of Toronto’s financial district. Located between the Canadian National Railway Lands and the Gardiner Expressway on the northwest corner of York Street and Bremner Boulevard, the building is steps away from Toronto’s financial district, the waterfront and Union Station (a heritage landmark and regional transit node). The project includes a new bridge over York Street that will connect to Toronto's underground PATH while creating a gateway to the financial district from the waterfront. Amenities include retail and restaurant uses at the Ground and Second levels, a landscaped public terrace at the Second level, and the “urban forest”, a remarkable garden at the Third Level that will mature to become a boreal environment of indigenous species overlooking the rail corridor. The building is targeting a LEED CS Gold certification and is a showcase for green technologies.
In my role as Design Team member, I designed, produced and coordinated the pre-tender documents related to the York Street bridge. This included client review meetings and coordinating Structural, Electrical, Mechanical consultant drawings during the Design Development and Working Drawing phase. I also supervised the production of schedules for the tower and was the primary contact for the coordination of LEED documentation.
Photography: Tom Arban/ Maris Mezulis