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Enjoy all of the exceptional offerings that make CIBC SQUARE a destination with public art and an elevated park. CIBC SQUARE sits at the heart of Toronto’s many transit options giving unprecedented access for travel through the city.

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81 Bay Street
Toronto, ON
M5J 0E7

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Via Union Station
Via Car - 81 Bay Street
Future Access Via Car - 141 Bay Street
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Accessibility

CIBC SQUARE is built with accessibility in mind, for everyone to enjoy. We have a range of offerings that increase navigability and safety for our community members and guests including an area for service animals, voice-activated assistance at our elevator kiosks, and much more. For assistance, please contact our Guest Experience Team at 647-905-5966 —we are here to help.

Doorway and Ramp Access

For extra clearance and greater navigability, doors offer 950mm clear width and are equipped with wave to open sensors. Ramps throughout CIBC SQUARE have a maximum slope of 1:12 to increase your safety.

Washrooms

Universal barrier-free washrooms are available on every floor and feature wave-to-open sensors, motion-sensing fixtures, and accessible sinks.

Elevator Access

Designed to accommodate all mobility devices, each elevator turnstile bank includes one wider turnstile. In addition, our elevator kiosk screens are equipped with voice-activated speakers and braille on the touchpad to help you easily navigate the system and select your floor. Once selected, the closest elevator car to the kiosk will be called.

PARKING & DROP OFF

It’s easy to park at CIBC SQUARE. Parking is available through Bay Street and Yonge Street. Each level of our on-site parking facilities offers accessible, barrier-free parking spots that provide easy ramp access to elevators.

Barrier-free drop-off is available for vans and smaller vehicles on Level P1 (through the Bay Street parking entrance). Wheel-Trans busses will arrive directly outside of the Lake Shore Boulevard building entrance. To ease the transition, we offer special accommodations for vans with wheelchair lifts in the sheltered Level P1 drop-off area.

Building Amenities

All building amenities offer barrier-free access - including our fitness centre, The Current, which is designed to AODA standards.

Service Animal Relief Area

We welcome service animals. We’ve created a service animal relief area located outside the Lake Shore Boulevard entrance for your convenience.

Construction Updates
81 Bay Street
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141 Bay Street
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Construction
March 26, 2021
Construction Notice - Fire Alarm Test

Good morning neighbours,

Please note that an inspector is onsite at 81 Bay this morning, and has requested that we test the fire alarm system. As a result, we will be sounding alarms for the next 1-2 hours, as required by the inspector to ensure the building life safety systems are in order for the upcoming phase of building occupancy.

Our Security and Life Safety partners remain in frequent and proactive communication with the City of Toronto to try and minimize the impact of this mandatory testing on our neighbours as much as possible.

Thank you for your understanding.

March 23, 2021
Construction Update

Dear neighbours,

Below is a brief update on the CIBC SQUARE project:

Construction at 81 Bay Street

As we near completion of Phase I of CIBC SQUARE at 81 Bay Street, please note that there will be periodic testing of building fire alarms by City inspectors, which is mandatory for occupancy. This testing will be completed during daytime working hours.

Overbuild Park

We have reached several construction milestones for the overbuild park, with Phase 1 of the overbuild park expected to be complete in late summer 2021. Steel installation and concrete pouring also continues as the park extends from 81 Bay Street towards the future 141 Bay Street building. This work continues to take place overnight as it requires access to the active rail corridor. For safety, construction personnel and equipment are not permitted while trains are running on the tracks, requiring work to proceed overnight when trains are not in operation.

Construction at 141 Bay Street

Demolition of the old Metrolinx bus terminal is ongoing, as it sits on the site of the future 141 Bay Street building. This work is anticipated to continue through the week of March 22, 2021. Crews will also start drilling and caisson work at 141 Bay this week, which is expected to take place during the daytime working hours over the next three months.

When are we working?

The following regular working hours are expected at CIBC SQUARE:

7AM - 7PM Monday to Friday: Regular working hours at 81 Bay Street and 141 Bay Street.

11PM - 5AM Monday to Saturday: Overnight work in the rail corridor for the park overbuild.

9AM - 7PM Saturday: Regular working hours at 81 Bay Street and 141 Bay Street.

We thank you in advance for your patience during this phase of construction. For any questions or comments, please email us at community@CIBCSQUARE.com.

December 15, 2020
Construction Update

Dear neighbours,

Below is a brief update on the CIBC SQUARE project:

Construction at 81 Bay Street

As we near completion of Phase I of CIBC SQUARE, 81 Bay Street, we have accomplished a number of key milestones. We have turned over majority of the office floors to the incoming tenants to install fixtures and tailor finishings in preparation for occupancy, as well as completed dismantling some of the equipment on site, including one of two cranes and the man and material hoist we used along the outside of the building. The curtain wall is also nearly complete, with exception of the crane and hoist infills. Our crews are now focused on dismantling the last tower crane and completing the building’s core elements, including elevator and escalator installation, landscaping and installation of planned public artwork. Looking ahead, we expect low-rise floors to take occupancy at 81 Bay Street in February 2021, with higher floors slated for March 2021, and the food hall expected to open in Q3 2021. These timelines are subject to change based on actual progress on-site.

We’re also pleased to announce the Metrolinx Bus Terminal has opened at 81 Bay Street. More information about the new terminal is available here: https://www.gotransit.com/en/stations-stops-parking/union-station-bus-terminal

Overbuild Park

As Phase 1 work for the overbuild park proceeds, we’re also excited to share that we’ve completed several areas of work, including: installation of all 45 foundations and caps, installation of the maintenance deck, tree cells and concrete slabs, concrete curbs, fireproofing and the pavilion curtain wall. Ongoing work includes waterproofing and heat tracing, as well installation of guardrails and decking. Phase 1 of the overbuild park is expected to be complete in late summer 2021.

Work for Phase 2 of the park will include structural steel installation as well as installation of the underside metal deck. This work requires access to the active rail corridor, and as such, for safety this work will proceed overnight when trains are not in operation.

Upcoming construction at 141 Bay Street

Demolition of the existing structure at 141 Bay street has commenced. This demolition will prepare the site for shoring and excavation work targeted to begin in February 2021.

Community Open House

We recently hosted a virtual open house to address questions related to current construction and upcoming plans for 141 Bay Street. For those who missed the presentation, below are some of the topics addressed:

What is being planned for Phase II construction at CIBC SQUARE?

141 Bay Street will add 1.5 million square feet of office space in a 50-storey premier office tower, anchored by incoming tenant CIBC. The new building will be connected to Phase I of CIBC SQUARE (81 Bay Street) by an elevated public park that bridges across the rail corridor. Planned public realm improvements as part of the 141 Bay development include two pedestrian bridges connecting across Bay Street directly into Union Station and across Yonge Street directly into Backstage Condominiums, as well as a fully renovated pedestrian laneway connecting Yonge Street and Bay Street.

When will construction start?

Demolition started in December 2020, with shoring & excavation planned for February 2021. Construction of the second half of the park, the new tower and podium are expected to be complete in Q4 2024.

Will there be overnight work?

Overnight work remains 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.

How loud will construction be?

While any construction site poses noise challenges, there are unique challenges with a project this complex. 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.

Is Phase I (81 Bay Street) complete?

Construction of 81 Bay Street is nearing completion, with tower occupancy expected for Q1 2021. The new Metrolinx GO bus terminal at 81 Bay is also now open and operational. The first half of the elevated park and the 81 Bay Street food hall are expected to be complete in Q3 2021.

Will there be any retail stores in the CIBC SQUARE buildings, other than food, similar to the office buildings currently in the PATH?

Given planned retail space is limited, we have prioritized food & beverage offerings for the employees of the building and the community. We may also include select service retail offerings, such as dry cleaning, within the teamway in the future.

Will the public have 24/7 access to the elevated park once it’s completed?

At a minimum, public access to the elevated park will be from 6am – 10pm (7 days per week) in the summer months, and from 7am – 9pm (7 days per week) in the winter months. Hours for special dates and events will be addressed on an as-needed basis.

Will dogs be allowed in the park?

While we are still finalizing pet access and park operations, there will be a dedicated relief area for service dogs as part of the complex.

Will there be a connection to Pinnacle (33 Bay/12 Yonge/ 16 Yonge) from the new buildings?

No direct connection to Pinnacle is currently planned. At this time, we are unsure whether future developments may include connections to Pinnacle.

How will you address overnight safety in the building and in the park?

The park will be closed during the night. We are in the process of finalizing the safety and security plan for the building, however there will be a holistic plan in place with 24/7 security.

Will there be public car parking?

There will be approximately 350 parking spaces, the majority of which will be reserved for CIBC SQUARE tenants. There will also be public paid parking after-hours, such as for events at Scotiabank Arena.

Contact Us

We remain committed to keeping the community informed as we proceed with construction at CIBC SQUARE. Please contact us at any time at community@CIBCSQUARE.com with comments or questions.

November 22, 2020
Construction Notice - Evacuation Drills and Exercises

Dear Neighbours,

On Sunday, November 22, Metrolinx and Hines will be conducting evacuation drills and exercises at 81 Bay Street, in preparation for the opening of the new Metrolinx GO Bus terminal on December 5th. The safety exercise is expected to utilize security alarms on-site, and as such, may generate some audible noise for our neighbours. We apologize in advance for any inconveniences, and appreciate your cooperation as this important safety exercise is conducted prior to opening the new facility.

If you have any questions about what’s planned, please feel free to reach out at community@CIBCSQUARE.com.

November 16, 2020
Open House Invitation

CIBC SQUARE COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE – NOVEMBER 26

In early 2021, construction to support Phase II of CIBC SQUARE – 141 Bay Street – will begin, with demolition of the existing GO bus terminal expected to start in December 2020. Once complete, 141 Bay Street will add 1.5 million square feet of office space in a 50-storey premier class AAA office tower. The new building will be connected to Phase I of CIBC SQUARE – also known as 81 Bay Street – by an elevated park that bridges across the rail corridor connecting the Financial Core to the Southcore and Waterfront neighbourhoods.

We invite you to join a virtual open house to learn more about the next phase of construction at CIBC SQUARE on Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. Please submit your full name and e-mail address to community@CIBCSQUARE.com to receive the invitation details.

We have also included a few commonly asked questions about what is upcoming below. We encourage you to submit any questions you have in advance of the event to community@CIBCSQUARE.com to ensure we can address as many areas of interest as possible.

We look forward to virtually seeing many of you on November 26th.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: CIBC SQUARE PHASE II

What is being planned for Phase II construction at CIBC SQUARE?

141 Bay Street will add 1.5 million square feet of office space in a 50-storey premier office tower, anchored by incoming tenant CIBC. The new building will be connected to Phase I of CIBC SQUARE (81 Bay Street) by an elevated public park that bridges across the rail corridor. Planned public realm improvements as part of the 141 Bay development include two pedestrian bridges connecting across Bay Street directly into Union Station and across Yonge Street directly into Backstage Condominiums, as well as a fully renovated pedestrian laneway connecting Yonge Street and Bay Street.

When will construction start?

Demolition is expected to start in December 2020, with shoring & excavation planned for February 2021. Construction of the second half of the park, the new tower and podium are expected to be complete in Q4 2024.

Will there be overnight work?

Overnight work remains 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.

How loud will construction be?

While any construction site poses noise challenges, there are unique challenges with a project this complex. Much of the early work involves deep drilling to ensure that the building has a strong foundation. 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.

Is Phase I (81 Bay Street) complete?

Construction of 81 Bay Street is nearing completion, with tower occupancy expected for Q1 2021. The new Metrolinx GO bus terminal at 81 Bay is also expected to open in December 2020. The first half of the elevated park and the 81 Bay Street food hall are expected to be completed in late summer 2021.

How do I join the open house on November 26th?

To join the open house on November 26th, please submit your full name and e-mail address to community@CIBCSQUARE.com and the invitation details will be sent to you. We encourage you to share any questions you have in advance to community@CIBCSQUARE.com so we may address as many areas of interest in the meeting as time will permit.

How do I stay informed about what’s upcoming?

We are working closely with our neighbours as we proceed with construction on this project, and we are committed to keeping the community informed. The best way to stay informed is to register to receive regular construction updates and notices at www.CIBCSQUARE.com/community. You may also contact us at any time at community@CIBCSQUARE.com with comments or questions.