Connecting Toronto to a new international standard of office building
A highly visible pair of innovative office towers on a 3 million square foot downtown campus, CIBC Square is the result of a joint effort between global real estate leaders Ivanhoé Cambridge and Hines, and the last remaining office development with a commercially renowned Bay Street address.
81 Bay Street—the first of the two towers comprising CIBC Square—will feature 49 floors and 1.5 million square feet of state-of-the-art offices and collaborative spaces, with expansive views of Lake Ontario and Toronto's skyline. Equipped with an extensive suite of amenities (including a one-acre elevated park connecting the two buildings), unparalleled views, and state-of-the-art offices and collaboration spaces, CIBC Square will accommodate the needs of the most discerning global companies.
Designed to maximize efficiency with open floor plates and state-of-the-art infrastructure.
Office floors are technologically advanced and mindfully detailed with floor to ceiling acoustically optimized windows and state of the art airflow and temperature control.
CIBC Square offers unobstructed panoramic perspectives on the lake landmarks and the iconic skyline to which it will be so vitally connected.
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1845 — Present
CIBC Square will set a new standard for technology and innovation that far surpasses buildings from previous eras of development. This map shows neighbouring buildings, colour coded by their age.
Features & Specs
Designed to reflect a new international standard of office building CIBC Square aspires to architectural and structural excellence exceeding mechanical electrical and security expectations and garnering LEED Platinum and WELL accreditations along the way.
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CIBC Square Construction Update - January, 5 2018
We hope you all had a great holiday season.
Starting January 8th, we will be resuming the construction of the foundations for the future public park spanning over the rail corridor. Unfortunately, this means that we will need to carry out overnight work, as we are only allowed to have access to the rail corridor when trains are not running. Until now, we have been granted access to the rail corridor only between 12am to 5am, from Monday to Friday. At this pace, we expect to complete this work by mid-February.
We understand that the drilling and excavation work in the rail corridor can create inconveniences for our neighbours. For this reason, we have requested earlier access to the site and an additional work block during the day on Saturdays. If this permission is granted to us, we will be able to complete the noisiest activities around midnight and to shorten the schedule by approximately two weeks.
Our permit for extended work hours (7pm to 10pm) on our 81 Bays St property will expire on January 19. After that date, the typical work schedule on this property will follow regular construction hours, which are from 7am to 7 pm on weekdays and from 9am to 7pm on Saturdays.
For any questions, comments or suggestions please email us at community@CIBCSquare.com.
CIBC Square Construction Update - December 15, 2017
We have been making good progress on the construction of the foundations for the future public park spanning above the rail corridor. We expect that more than one third of the foundation work in the rail corridor will be completed before the holidays. You will be happy to know that we will not carry out any overnight work, including drilling and excavation, from December 23rd to January 2nd.
During the holiday period, there will remain some construction activity on our 81 Bay street property as per the schedule below:
Saturday December 23 9am-7pm
Sunday December 24 No construction work
Monday December 25 No construction work
Tuesday December 26 No construction work
Wednesday December 27 7am -7pm
Thursday December 28 7am -7pm
Friday December 29 7am -7pm
Saturday December 30 9am -7pm
Sunday December 31 No construction work
Monday January 1 No construction work
We will communicate with you on the first week of January to give you an update on the construction schedule.
For any questions, comments or suggestions please email us at community@CIBCSquare.com.
I wish you the best for the holiday season,
CIBC Square Construction Update - December 4, 2017
As indicated in our previous update, we have started the construction of the foundations for the future public park spanning above the rail corridor and connecting the south and north buildings of the CIBC Square complex (see illustrations attached).
Because we are building in the rail corridor, we can only work when we are given the opportunity to do so, which is outside the normal train operating hours. Unfortunately, this means we are only permitted to work at night, as we are not allowed to have construction personnel or equipment on the rail corridor while the trains are running on the tracks. Building these caisson foundations requires excavation and drilling, which can be noisy when drilling reaches bedrock. Once excavation for a caisson is complete, steel reinforcement is installed and concrete is poured into the hole. Given the limited time allowed for us to work on the rail corridor, we can only complete one of these foundations per day. There will be approximately 40 caisson foundations installed to support the structure of the elevated park, we expect to have completed the caisson foundation work by mid-February.
We are working closely with our contractor, EllisDon, to expedite this work and to reduce as much as possible the impact of the noise for our neighbors, including proceeding during the winter season when windows are closed.
We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. We will keep you and your association regularly updated on the progress in completing this work and on the construction of the CIBC Square project in general.
For any questions, comments or suggestions please email us at community@CIBCSquare.com.
CIBC Square Construction Update – November 17, 2017
On October 24th, the Southcore Community Association hosted a public meeting on the project, which allowed us the opportunity to present the project and to hear feedback from the community. As part of that meeting, we committed to providing updates on our progress.
Since this meeting, EllisDon, our General Contractor, has completed the installation of a structure along Bay Street that will serve as a temporary material drop-off in order to keep construction activity out of Bay Street, so as not to impede local traffic.
EllisDon continues the installation of the retention system tie-backs on the south, west and north sides of the excavation and the removal of soil and rock material. This excavation must be completed by mid-January of next year. To complete this work on schedule, we anticipate the need to work extended hours from December 1st to January 19th. Upon approval from the City, we expect to work until 10 pm Monday to Friday (excluding statutory holidays) during this limited period.
The installation of three tower cranes should begin in January of next year. The first crane will be close to the southwest corner, the second one near the northwest corner and the third one further to the east near the middle of the site.
Excavation and drilling for the foundations to support the future overbuild park above the rail corridor should begin at the end of November and continue until the middle of February of next year. This work will occur outside of the normal train operating hours, and in coordination with work done by others in the rail corridor.
A community information website on the CIBC Square project will be available to you soon. You will be able to refer to this site for future construction and project updates. We will notify you when the site is online.
We appreciate your interest in the CIBC Square project and look forward to participating in the development of the SouthCore community.
For any comments or questions please email community@CIBCSquare.com.
Features and Specs
Designed to reflect a new international standard of office building, CIBC Square is founded in architectural and structural excellence, exceeding mechanical, electrical, and security expectations, which will garner LEED™ Platinum and WELL™ accreditations. Read on for detailed technical specifications for 81 Bay Street.
386 underground parking spaces, 1 per 4,000 sf of office space 500+ bicycle parking spaces for building occupants and visitors.
Enviromental / Sustainability / Technology
- Engineered to LEED™ Platinum (core and shell) standards
- Pursuing WELL Building Standard™ Building certification
- Earned Wired™ Platinum Certification for best-in-class internet infrastructure
- Destination dispatch system.
- 4 low-rise passenger elevators to the high-density floors (levels 5-7).
- 8 low-rise passenger elevators.
- 8 mid-to-low-rise passenger elevators.
- 8 mid-to-high-rise passenger elevators.
- 8 high-rise passenger elevators.
- 4 parking-shuttle elevators.
- 2 tower freight elevators.
- High-efficiency water fixtures that reduce consumption by more than 40% compared to typical fixtures.
- Energy costs reduced by 40% when compared to a typical, similar new building as outlined by the Model National Energy Code for Buildings, a Canadian energy standard.
- A submetering system allowing tenants to receive feedback on their own energy consumption.
- Mechanical systems designed to exceed minimum volume of outside air as established by ASHRAE Standards.
- Thermal comfort in alignment with the latest version of ASHRAE Standards.
- A high level of air filtration installed on all mechanical equipment.
- Low volatile organic compounds (VOCs) building materials to support superior indoor-air quality.
- Floor plates designed with high-quality access to natural daylight and views.
- Maximum use of green roof areas.
- Enhanced humidification and dehumidification control to maintain a comfortable indoor humidity.
- Consistent verification of fundamental water quality.
- Demand-controlled ventilation systems.
- Enhanced duct protection during construction.
- Stair-use promotion via increased lighting and artwork.
- 500+ bicycle storage racks and tenant-shower facilities, with close proximity to transit.
Mechanical / Plumbing
- HVAC designed to handle 100 sf per person on a typical office floor and 75 sf per person on a podium floor.
- Ability to provide after-hours HVAC on an individual floor-by-floor basis.
- 29 zones per typical tower floor and 64 zones per high-density floor to provide efficient diversity.
- Chilled water taps provided for tenant 24-hour supplemental cooling needs.
- Building designed to code + 1 washroom capacity for maximum densification ability (designed for 100 sf per person on a typical office floor and 70 sf per person on a podium floor).
- Office/High-Density floor ventilation (outdoor air) = 20 CFM per person.
- Bay Park: a one-acre-plus park for tenant use.
- First class fitness facility.
- Dedicated conference centre.
- Free Wi-Fi in all building amenity areas including park.
- Distributed antenna system for reliable cellular coverage.
- Collaborative space.
- Market-style food court connected to Bay Park.
- Fine-dining outlets.
- VIP entrance and black-car staging on parking level 1.
- Showers and change-room facility (14 per gender).
Electrical / Lighting
- Dual feeds from Toronto Hydro Substation for maximum reliability.
- Occupancy- and daylight-harvesting sensors provided on all floors.
- High-efficiency tenant lighting providing 40 candles at desktop height.
- Provision for two additional 500 kW generators available for tenant use.
- Typical tower floors supplied with 6.0 watts per sf.
- High-density floors supplied with 8.5 watts per sf.
CCTV surveillance located throughout all common areas and entry points 24/7 card access and staffed onsite security.