Note: Images above are in relative order of construction sequence.
In 1987 an invited competition was held as part of the City of Toronto's public art requirements. The purpose was to find ideas for the spaces between the Canada Trust Tower Lobby, the Clarkson Gordon Building and Garden Court, the Bay Wellington Tower, 22 Front Street and the Bank of Montreal (Hockey Hall of Fame).
The end result of the competition was the construction of BCE Place, Heritage Square and Galleria. The project forms a light filled link in the downtown business core of Toronto -- an urban space that is at once a vital attraction for locals and visitors alike, both day and night.
The Architecturally Exposed Structural Steel of the building was fabricated to the highest standards possible. As much of the material would be in close proximity to both view and touch, traces of milling and fabrication were removed. Tolerances were much tighter than for a standard structural steel frame as cumulative dimensional changes would have made it impossible to fit all of the complex pieces.
Site access was also tight - the construction largely taking place in the interstitial space between existing buildings.
photos: Wayne Baigent (Canron Construction), Terri Meyer Boake