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Old Posted May 4, 2019, 12:30 AM
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I would say that the caissons are just a little less than half done. Pallets of rough lumber for the shoring have arrived on site.

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Old Posted May 8, 2019, 6:44 PM
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Looks like one of the 7th floor units has sold; I know they were asking over $3M.
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Old Posted May 8, 2019, 6:54 PM
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Ouch! - For $3M, I would have expected the entire 7th floor.
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Old Posted May 9, 2019, 12:29 AM
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I periodically check their website, maybe one a month or so... and I think the biggest "penthouse" with the best view has been sold for a long time. But it looks like a second (of three) 7th floor units has recently sold.

The other day I wrote it looked like the caissons are half done. Well it looks like they were a lot closer to being done than I realized.... the drilling rig is gone and they have only put caissons about halfway around the site. I don't recall ever hearing how many below grade and total parking spots they plan.

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^^^ In this picture can be seen some caissons before the wood planks are installed. Some appear to be concrete encased and some not. I've always thought that this technique must leave a bit of a gap behind the wall. What happens on really deep excavations (like river landing?) Will settling be a problem?
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Thanks for carrying this thread alt_center with your timely updates!
Crisis, if it's really 3mil for a penthouse, that's unreal for Sask., but then lots of houses are over a mil and a half in the burbs now, (according to the home lotteries) and this is prime riverbank, quiet and exclusive, concrete and carefree. It must be over 2500sqft w 3 parking spots, overlooking downtown? See...that could be worth it:>) (If you've got that sort of money.) Sold!
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I periodically check their website, maybe one a month or so... and I think the biggest "penthouse" with the best view has been sold for a long time. But it looks like a second (of three) 7th floor units has recently sold.

The other day I wrote it looked like the caissons are half done. Well it looks like they were a lot closer to being done than I realized.... the drilling rig is gone and they have only put caissons about halfway around the site. I don't recall ever hearing how many below grade and total parking spots they plan.

^^^ In this picture can be seen some caissons before the wood planks are installed. Some appear to be concrete encased and some not. I've always thought that this technique must leave a bit of a gap behind the wall. What happens on really deep excavations (like river landing?) Will settling be a problem?
I haven't been by the site since demolition but I agree that it seems odd. Based on your photos, I was thinking that shoring must only be required for part of the excavation but, based on the photo that shows the piles along the street, there must be shoring required there, too. It's strange that they would demobilize from site and then re-mobilize to complete that work, but I'm sure there's a reason for their actions.

As for settlement into a void behind the timber lagging in the shoring system, that void does get filled (usually with a fine-grained granular material) as the timbers are installed, so as to not leave a void. Typically, settlement around the perimeter of shoring doesn't seem to be a major issue.
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I love the s-curves 'round the condo bldg, the balconies and terraces. Will this development rise above the height of the original metal church steeple? The cross? It seems to be about the same. NTL, its width should still add to the Eastside skyline. Looking forward to it!
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Old Posted May 17, 2019, 2:50 AM
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May 16 Pictures:

The drilling rig is back on site today. The hole is starting to get deep. It looks to me like there will be two levels of parking at least along the far (east) wall.

Ricopedra... as I recall the developers said the building would be about the same height as the steeple. I don't remember if they said that includes the cross... but I suppose the building could be as high as the top of the cross and they wouldn't be lying?? I like tall buildings as much as anyone but I think 7 floors is about the max for this particular site. (I think Luther Tower is horrible where it is).



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I'm a strong promoter of urban living just cause it's way better and more exciting, but for these Saskatoon prices you can buy an apartment pretty much anywhere. What's going on? Your dope must be laced! Unless it's in the finishings...Ah, I got ya - golden showers! At least for the developers;>) The market will push the price as high as it will go, but then again, I'd rather be here with a good 1700sqft concrete safe home than 2500sqft of particleboard in the open sticks.
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I think your point about the market will dictate the upper end of price point is the most important factor. One can't really say an asking price is too high or too low until the market tells you!

With Highpoint coming on stream soon, there will be stiff competition to Escala for high end condo's. However, they may be targeting a slightly different market as the Escala building is smaller in scale, yet the units are relatively large.

I guess we will will know in a few months how well Saskatoon absorbs these projects.

*NOTE: didn't even mention River Terrace on College and Clarence, as there is no sign of life in that project.
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Escala is a great infill development. It's also higher in worth vis á vis Highpoint, due to finishing touches and a quieter location. This is a building for a few rich folks, while Highpoint will hopefully be affordable to a person with a good job. Ha! NTL, I always love a pool, even if it's only for a couple of months. So in conclusion, I have no idea what I'm talking about, except voicing excitment for the burgeoning city core. Long live the MVA!
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$3million for a condo unit? Better be made of solid gold.
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Which one is 3 million?
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Which one is 3 million?
7th floor units
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Looks like the crane base is in:



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Annnd the crane went up today.
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Under Construction then officially?
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ya i would think its past the proposal stage now
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ya i would think its past the proposal stage now
I agree but I believe the rule is it should be labeled "site prep" until the structure breaches ground level at which point it can officially be labeled "under construction"
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