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The Community

CIBC SQUARE is a landmark development for the City of Toronto, consisting of two office towers - 81 Bay and 141 Bay - linked by an elevated public park that bridges across the rail corridor and connects the Financial Core to the Southcore and Waterfront.

We appreciate your interest in the CIBC SQUARE project and look forward to participating in the development of the Southcore community. We are working closely with our neighbours as we proceed with construction on this project, and we are committed to keeping the community informed.

For any comments or questions, please contact us at community@cibcsquare.com

FAQs

When will CIBC SQUARE be complete?

CIBC SQUARE is being built in two phases. Phase 1 – the construction of 81 Bay – is projected to be completed by 2020, and includes a PATH connection to the Air Canada Centre. Phase 2 – the construction of 141 Bay – is projected to be completed by the end of 2023, and includes PATH connections to Union Station and the Esplanade. The public park is expected to be partially opened as part of Phase 1 of the project in 2021 and fully opened as part of Phase 2, in 2023.

Why does construction continue overnight?

Overnight work is necessary for the construction of several elements of our project. As we are building in an active rail corridor, we are not allowed to have construction personnel or equipment on the rail corridor when the trains are running on the tracks. This means we are only permitted to work at night, when train traffic has slowed. When overnight construction is necessary, we are committed to completing the work as quickly as possible and keeping our neighbours informed. 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 neighbours.

Why does the CIBC SQUARE construction site generate so much noise?

While any construction site poses noise challenges, there are unique challenges with a project this complex. Much of the work involves deep drilling to ensure that the buildings have a strong foundation. In particular, the elevated park requires 40 caisson foundations to be drilled into bedrock. We commit to working with our neighbours to keep you informed and where possible take steps with our contractors to limit noise. We will make every effort to give advance notice when overnight or noisy construction is required.

Will the construction affect local traffic?

Every effort has been made to minimize the impact of CIBC SQUARE’s construction on traffic. This includes the design of the construction site itself, which isolates certain aspects of traffic to the construction site from general traffic on Bay Street. However, we continue to solicit perspectives from pedestrians, commuters and drivers about the impact of our project on their travels through the City, and we are working with traffic consultants, BA Group, to ensure that our site is in keeping with the best design principles.

Will the park be accessible to the public?

CIBC SQUARE’s one-acre elevated park is a state-of-the art, publicly accessible outdoor space. Built over the rail corridor it will connect the new 81 Bay and 141 Bay Street buildings and provide much-needed public greenspace to the Southcore neighbourhood. It is expected to be partially opened as part of Phase 1 of our project, in 2021, and fully opened as part of Phase 2 at the end of 2023.

Will the complex be sustainable?

CIBC SQUARE will meet the newest and most innovative standards. The project is designed to attain LEED® Platinum certification for the protection of our environment and the limitation of harmful carbon emissions, and WELL certification, for the health of its interior environments. The project is the first in Toronto to receive a WiredScore Platinum pre-certification, for its reliable and secure connectivity. Further, CIBC SQUARE is designed to deter bird strikes, in accordance with the City of Toronto’s development guidelines.

Community Updates

Construction Update - August, 15 2018

Construction Update - August, 15 2018

Dear neighbours,

Below is a brief update on the progress of the CIBC Square project.

Construction at 81 Bay Street

Work is moving ahead generally on schedule with the structural core of the tower rising at an average pace of 1.5 level per week once the core gets above level 5. Currently, concrete is being poured for each lift using an automatic climbing system formwork.  The attached graphic provides more information on projected progress for this work – presently, we have reached level 5 of the new building and expected to reach level 10 in September 2018.   This week, we also began pouring concrete for the crash wall above grade between 81 Bay Street and the rail corridor overbuild park and next week we will start installing structural steel on the east side of the core tower at grade.  Construction hours are still 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and early deliveries of the steel reinforcing continue from Monday to Friday from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. to avoid trucks blocking the streets during the morning rush hour.

Rail Corridor Overbuild Park

The structure of the future overbuild park is taking shape: we expect to finish installing the structural steel and the underside metal deck for the middle portion of the park this week. Next week, we will start to install metal deck for the top level of the park, which will take approximately 1 month to complete and will be followed by installation of concrete for the park’s deck.   In mid-September, we will start installing steel that will connect the park to the 81 Bay Street crash wall.  Work in the rail corridor is expected to be completed in February 2019, with on and off periods of construction activity.  Work continues to take place between 12 a.m. and 5 a.m. as required for building in an active rail corridor.  For safety reasons, workers are not permitted to be in the rail corridor during the day or evening when tracks are being used by trains.  This is the only reason we are required to perform this work at night. 

We will continue to share construction updates and work schedules to keep you informed. For any questions or comments, please email us at community@CIBCSquare.com.

Regards, 

Alison Kimmell

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Construction Notice - July 20, 2018

Dear neighbours,

Please be advised that our contractor will be on site on Sunday, July 22nd at 8am to release concrete formworks. As concrete cures it heats up, and given the anticipated weather over the weekend there is a chance, the temperature of the concrete could escalate to a level that would cause it to crack and jeopardize the structural integrity of the building. For this reason, the work must be performed on Sunday and cannot wait until Monday.

We do not anticipate that this work will be noisy.The workers will aim to reduce any noise impacts and only hand tools (including rubber hammers) will be used to release the core wall formwork.

Thank you for your understanding during these exceptional circumstances.

Regards,

Alison Kimmell

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Construction Update - July 19, 2018

Construction Update - July 19, 2018

Dear neighbours,

Below is a brief update on the progress of the CIBC Square project:

Community relations

Our new webpage to inform the community is now online: www.cibcsquare.com/community. Please bookmark this page and visit for updates on construction, project images and answers to frequently asked questions. On June 26, we held our first Community Stakeholder Committee meeting, bringing together representatives from local condo boards, business improvement areas, the City of Toronto and our construction team. In the meeting, the group discussed construction timelines and progress, as well as community relations activities and recent feedback from neighbors. The Committee plans to reconvene again in Fall 2018. Also, we’re are installing a new signage around the site featuring illustrations of the project. This signage is already installed on Bay Street, and installation of additional signage on Lake Shore Boulevard is expected to be completed by the end of this month.

Construction at 81 Bay Street

Work is moving on schedule and we expect the tower to reach full height (54 floors) in summer 2019. Earlier this month, we reached an important milestone as the elevator core at 81 Bay Street reached the ground-level. Current work includes installing reinforcements, pouring the ground-level slab concrete floor and drilling the foundations for the future pedestrian bridge to the Air Canada Centre. Soon, you will start to see the structure of the tower rise at an average pace of 1 level per week – an automatic climbing system formwork has been installed on-site to support pouring concrete for each level. Construction hours are still 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and early deliveries of the steel reinforcing bars continues from Monday to Friday from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. to avoid trucks blocking the streets during the morning rush hour.

Rail Corridor Overbuild Park

The structure of the future overbuild park is taking form: all 20 columns supporting the park are installed as well as 60% of the steel trusses and infill steel required to support the middle portion of the park. Construction also continues on the bottom deck of the park, which will offer protection from the rail corridor when complete. Construction is still taking place between 12 a.m. and 5 a.m. because we are building in an active rail corridor. For safety reasons, workers are not permitted to be in the rail corridor during the day or evening when tracks are being used by trains. This is the only reason why we have to do this work at night. We understand that our neighbours are living next to a large-scale construction site and a busy rail corridor, and are exposed to noise and other nuisances. We do our best with our contractor to inform our neighbours and to limit these nuisances as much as possible. For example, to keep the level of noise to a minimum for our neighbours, we are using quieter equipment where possible, such as electric rather than pneumatic tools for bolting steel and lower frequency back up alarms on scissor lifts and other equipment. Work on the rail corridor is expected to be completed in February 2019, with on and off construction periods.

We will continue to share construction updates and work schedules to keep you informed. For any questions or comments, please email us at community@CIBCSquare.com.

Regards,

Alison Kimmell

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Construction Update - June 14, 2018

Construction Update - June 14, 2018

Dear neighbours,

Below is a brief update on the progress of the CIBC Square project.

81 Bay Street

Work on our 81 Bay Street project continues to progress well. On the West side of the site, the level 1 slab and vertical core wall formwork elements above grade are being set in place with reinforcing steel and the concrete is being poured. On the East side of the site, the P2 elements are being formed and poured in a cyclical schedule as time allows as they are not on the critical path schedule of the project. We are currently working from 6-7 am Monday through Friday under a noise by-law exemption permit for minor steel reinforcing deliveries.

Rail corridor The construction of steel structure to support the elevated public park has been advancing steadily with 12 of 20 columns erected and 10% of the horizontal steel trusses installed. This work will continue for approximately 10-12 months.

As discussed at the SouthCore meeting in October, we have set up a Community Stakeholder Committee comprised of representatives from the nearby condo boards, Business Improvement Districts, Metrolinx and Maple Leaf Sports Entertainment to solicit input and address any concerns related to the construction of the project. The first meeting will be held on June 26th and highlights of the meeting will be shared with you.

For any questions or comments, please email us at community@CIBCSquare.com.

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Construction Update - April 27, 2018

Dear neighbours,

Below is a brief update on the progress of the CIBC Square project.

81 Bay Street

Work on our 81 Bay Street project continues to progress well. The tower core walls are being formed and poured from level P1 to the underside of the ground floor. The parking garage slabs continue to be formed and poured, with completion of the levels P1, P2 and P3 slabs approximately 25%, 60% and 65% complete, respectively. The ground floor slab elements on the west side of the site are currently scheduled to commence installation in May.

Next week, EllisDon our General Contractor will be continuing to work on the concrete foundation and support wall near Yonge Street. This will require lane closures on Yonge street, preventing access to the 18 Yonge Condominium building from Yonge Street between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on April 30th and May 2nd through May 4th. There will be two off-duty Toronto police officers on site during these times directing vehicles and pedestrians to maintain a safe situation.

Also, a Noise Bylaw Exemption permit for delivering reinforcing steel to the job site from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m., Monday through Friday, has been granted to EllisDon by the City of Toronto. The permit is valid for three months. The Board of Directors at both the 18 Yonge Condominium and the Pinnacle Condominium buildings were consulted and agreed as part of the approval process.

Rail corridor

The construction of the foundations supporting the future park over the rail corridor will be completed early next week. We understand this construction phase has involved loud construction activities and we thank you again for your patience.

The next phase of construction will consist of erecting the steel structure to support the park. This activity will begin next week and is expected to last about 10 to 12 months. The steel columns and trusses will once again be installed during the night at night, as we are only authorized to do construction work in the rail corridor when the tracks are taken out of service. EllisDon will be taking various measures to mitigate the impact of this work for our neighbors, including:

• The use of electric equipment for bolting, quieter than pneumatic tools

• More efficient and quieter welding techniques

• Material delivery during the day to reduce the movement of trucks at night

We will continue to share construction updates and work schedules to keep you informed.

For any questions or comments, please email us at community@CIBCSquare.com.

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Construction Notice - April 18, 2018

Construction Notice - April 18, 2018

Dear neighbours,

Please be advised that we plan to proceed with the installation of the last foundation shoring box in the rail corridor tonight. As for previous shoring box installation, this operation will last a few hours and is expected to produce a banging sound.

On Thursday and Friday nights, additional excavation and welding work may generate a noticeable sound. As indicated in previous messages, we are only allowed to do this work at night when the rail tracks can be taken out of service.

We will send you a more detailed construction update next week.

Thank you,

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Construction Notice - April 10, 2018

Dear neighbours,

Please be advised that a micropile will be installed on the rail corridor site tonight, Tuesday, April 10th. This operation will last a few hours and could generate a noticeable sound.

As indicated in earlier messages, we are only allowed to do this work at night when tracks can be taken out of service.

We thank you for your patience and understanding.

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Construction Notice - April 2, 2018

Dear neighbours,

Please be advised that there has been a change to our schedule outlined in the March 22nd notice. The final shoring box that was planned to be installed on the night of Wednesday, April 4th will now be installed the night of Tuesday, April 3rd. Similar to the previous shoring box installations, this operation will produce a banging sound.

As indicated in previous messages, we are only allowed to do this work at night when tracks can be taken out of service.

We thank you for your patience and understanding.

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Construction Notice - March 27, 2018

Dear neighbours,

Construction of foundation caps supporting the structure of the future park over the rail corridor is nearing completion. We will proceed with the installation of the 19th (out of 20) shoring box tonight. Similar to the previous shoring box installations, this operation will produce a banging sound. Wednesday and Thursday nights, 2 micropiles will be drilled into the ground in the rail corridor, which may also generate a noticeable sound.

As indicated in previous messages, we are only allowed to do this work at night when tracks can be taken out of service.

We thank you for your patience and understanding.

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Construction Notice - March 22, 2018

Dear neighbours,

We have just received approval to proceed with the installation of the final 4 shoring boxes. The schedule for the installation of the 4 remaining shoring boxes is as follows:

  1. Shoring Box #17 - Tonight

  2. Shoring Box # 18 - March 23

  3. Shoring Box # 19 - March 26

  4. Shoring Box # 20 - April 4

We apologize for the late notice.

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Construction Update - March 16, 2018

Dear neighbours,

Below is an update on the CIBC Square project.

81 Bay site

Work on this site continues to follow regular construction hours, unless continuous concrete pouring is required. The P3 (lowest underground parking level) and P2 slabs have been partially poured. The tower core shear walls have been poured up to the P2 level. Perimeter water proofing and foundation walls are nearly complete up to the P2 level along the rail corridor, Bay Street and Lake Shore retention walls. In the next few weeks, the work will focus on P2 vertical elements as we work towards the first P1 slab pours. The new site safety hoarding installation will be complete by the end of the weekend.

Rail Corridor

Excavation and drilling for caisson foundations in the rail corridor has been completed as of March 7. Our contractor is now finalizing the installation caps for these caissons, on which the columns of the steel structure supporting the elevated park will rest. As of yesterday, 14 out of 20 caps have been completed. As part of the caisson cap construction, we are installing shoring boxes. These boxes act as a formwork to pour the concrete for the caisson caps. When close to the tracks, the shoring boxes must be tamped in place, a construction technique used to avoid the risk of undermining the nearby tracks and that unfortunately produces a banging sound. We did not expect that this operation would generate a high level of noise. Following the feedback from some neighbours about the noise level, we have asked our contractor to look for ways to dampen the banging sound. We have also asked to be granted permission to start earlier to avoid having to perform this work late at night.

The current schedule for the remaining 6 caisson caps construction is as follows:

Shoring box #15 – Tonight

Shoring box # 16 – March 19

Shoring box # 17 – March 21

Shoring box # 18 – March 23

Shoring box # 19 and 20 – To be determined. We need additional approvals as the shoring boxes must be installed near existing utilities.

Thank you,

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Construction Update - February 27, 2018

Dear neighbours,

Below is a brief update on the progress of the CIBC Square project.

**Rail corridor **

Excavation for the caisson foundations of the future public park spanning over the rail corridor has been delayed in order to relocate underground infrastructure and utilities. There are only 4 remaining caissons to drill, which means there are 4 overnight work shifts in which we will proceed with noisier construction work. We anticipate that we will complete these 4 final caisson drillings by mid-March. The next phase of construction in the rail corridor will not generate significant noise levels.

**81 Bay Street **

Work on this site is following regular construction hours, unless continuous concrete pouring is required. Construction has progressed over the last two weeks. The tower core’s concrete foundations have been completed and the shear walls are poured at the P3 level. The remaining concrete columns and foundations have been completed to approximately 85%. Perimeter water proofing and foundation walls are being installed on the rail corridor, Bay Street and Lake Shore retention walls. In the next few weeks, the work will focus on pouring the tower concrete shear walls at the P2 level, completing the remaining concrete columns and foundations, and pouring the slab at the P3 level.

We have also applied for a permit to the City of Toronto to install the new site safety hoarding, as this work will require temporary lane closures at night on Bay Street and Lakeshore Boulevard. We will advise you of the dates and times of these temporary lane closures once the permit is issued.

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Construction Update - February 12, 2018

Construction Update - February 12, 2018

Dear neighbours,

Below is a brief update on the progress of the CIBC Square project.

81 Bay Street

This is the site of phase I of the project, the first of the two towers of the CIBC Square complex. The 3rd tower crane has now been installed and is fully functioning. Many column footings are already in place. Waterproofing is being installed ahead of the construction of the perimeter walls. The concrete slab of the lowest level parking (P3) should begin installation by the end of the week. One can also see the shear walls of the central core which serves as the primary tower structural spine, rising from its foundations. Work on this site is now following regular construction hours.

Rail corridor

The caisson foundations of the future public park spanning over the rail corridor are approximately 80% complete. As a result, the project will require approximately 8 more overnight work shifts to complete the drilling and excavation of the caisson foundations. We know this work has been noisy and has caused inconveniences to some neighbours, and we thank you all for your patience and understanding. The next phase of the work will be focused on building the caisson caps, which involves installing steel reinforcement and pouring concrete. Although this work will still be restricted to the overnight work schedule, it will not generate significant noise levels.

Attached are some photos that illustrate the construction progress on both sites. Pictures of the rail corridor illustrate the steps required to build a pair of caisson foundations.

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Construction Update - January, 5 2018

Construction Update - January, 5 2018

Dear neighbours,

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.

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Construction Update - December 15, 2017

Construction Update - December 15, 2017

Dear neighbours,

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:

Day Hours

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,

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Construction Update - December 4, 2017

Construction Update - December 4, 2017

Dear neighbours,

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.

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Construction Update – November 17, 2017

Construction Update – November 17, 2017

Dear neighbours,

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.

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