Canada’s tallest building takes shape with hotel to occupy lower levels of Toronto’s One Bloor St. W.

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Ontario Construction News staff writer

As foundation-level work continues on what is likely to be Canada’s highest tower, Hyatt Hotels has announced that it and Mizrahi Developments have entered into an agreement to build and operate a 160-room Andaz hotel on the structure’s lower levels.

The property, called The One at One Bloor St. W. In Yorkville, will include hotel rooms on the fourth through 16th floors of the 309 metre tower.

The hotel area will include at least 15 luxury suites, more than 12,000 sq. ft. of event and conference space, food and beverage experiences, a spa, and other facilities, Hyatt says in its statement.

The building’s 85-story exoskeletal design is the collaboration of Norman Foster and Toronto-based Core Architects. The architectural method gives way to column-free space throughout the building, providing for a fluid lobby and public space that will be designed to invoke to invoke a barrier-free and unscripted experience that is signature to the Andaz brand, Hyatt says.

Developer Sam Mizrahi acquired the land in October 2014 for $300 million and construction commenced in 2017.  Completion is  expected in 2012 or 2013  The overall project is expected to cost about $1 billion, according to published reports.

GFL Infrastructure – Shoring and Foundations is working on the foundations, and has drilled 1,180 mm diameter secant piles for the shoring wall to allow for the project’s deep excavation, Equipment Journal has reported.

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