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Old Posted Apr 6, 2012, 1:26 PM
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That was my sentiment exactly!
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Unless they put the crane on the sidewalk there is no way to install it until they dig down to the full depth for the parking structure underneath.
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Thank you for posting the pictures SekishikiMeikaiHa. This is a very interesting project.
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Two excavators are now on site, one with a bucket, one with a breaker. Much of the interior walls have been taken down making it look very hollow as you drive by. Things seems to be rolling along nicely now.
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Old Posted Apr 26, 2012, 6:39 PM
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Nice update. I wonder if they will retain parts of the thickest interior wall for a lobby effect?

Either way, its seems as though this is getting into gear.
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Nice update. I wonder if they will retain parts of the thickest interior wall for a lobby effect?

Either way, its seems as though this is getting into gear.
This image is on the Lydon Lnych Architects Ltd. website. It illustrates an ironstone wall being preserved: (source: http://www.lydonlynch.ca/work/commercial#waterside)

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Old Posted Apr 27, 2012, 1:30 PM
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That wall shown in the rendering is the side of the Morris Tea building. Which I thinks gives an awesome affect. Its like this building is just latched right onto the old one.
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That wall shown in the rendering is the side of the Morris Tea building. Which I thinks gives an awesome affect. Its like this building is just latched right onto the old one.
So is the ironstone wall in your picture to be demolished? It would be great to see it preserved but maybe that isn't in the plans.

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That wall shown in the rendering is the side of the Morris Tea building. Which I thinks gives an awesome affect. Its like this building is just latched right onto the old one.
Incorrect. That would against the building codes..

The wall in the rendering is the wall being taken down in the photo. It will be rebuilt once the building structure rises above upper water street level, which is the level the rendering is shot from. Hollis street is at a higher elevation then upper water.
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The Morse's Teas wall also doesn't make sense for that rendering because the lobby entrance is off of Upper Water Street. If it were Morse's Teas the wall would be on the right hand side.
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The Morse's Teas wall also doesn't make sense for that rendering because the lobby entrance is off of Upper Water Street. If it were Morse's Teas the wall would be on the right hand side.
Correct, and if you look at the elevations on the upper water street side, the entrance to the underground parking is adjacent to morris tea building.
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Thanks for the clarification. It will be good to see the ironstone wall restored.
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Old Posted Apr 28, 2012, 2:06 PM
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Well they should have kept those stone walls as both walls then!

I wonder how the facades filling the gaps will look. I'm really concerned about the orange-brown stone sections in the rendering. Pre-cast could be an epic fail, but so could some bricks. It will be interesting, as true colours are rarely represented properly in renderings.
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Well they should have kept those stone walls as both walls then!

I wonder how the facades filling the gaps will look. I'm really concerned about the orange-brown stone sections in the rendering. Pre-cast could be an epic fail, but so could some bricks. It will be interesting, as true colours are rarely represented properly in renderings.
I personally like the constrast between one side being the orignal (old) and one side being modern.

The facades of the infill i believe are sandstone.
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It will be nice if they use real sandstone.

I've seen a few planning documents that said "sandstone" and actually ended up being precast (more commonly you see "stone-like material"). At one point the Marriott hotel on Argyle/Sackville was described as "brick and sandstone".
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It will be nice if they use real sandstone.

I've seen a few planning documents that said "sandstone" and actually ended up being precast (more commonly you see "stone-like material"). At one point the Marriott hotel on Argyle/Sackville was described as "brick and sandstone".
Probably because of the difficulties in a tight site and well that sandstone requires long term care i suspect it will be precast. In the end i think its more the color that matters, then the material itself as precast can look very much like sandstone.

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I could be wrong but I believe the NRC addition at built at Dal a few years ago used real sandstone for a portion of the facade.

I don't think it's reasonable to expect large buildings clad in sandstone, but for a case like this where there's a small facade that's part of a much larger development it is more realistic. Granite is another really nice accent material. I wouldn't expect a highrise clad in granite, but it can be used on the ground level of commercial buildings. Some modern office buildings like 1801 Hollis and the Royal Bank tower have stone cladding around the ground floor.
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Old Posted Apr 30, 2012, 6:21 PM
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So I should anticipate vinyl siding then.
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