The project is a multi-phased redevelopment and renovation of an urban shopping center comprised of several discrete projects and construction phases. The projects range in size and include a complete upgrade of the mechanical systems, a complete rethinking of the interior layout and feature skylight, a new entry and facade replacement along Avenue Road and the introduction of a new mall entrance with Yorkville Avenue frontage.
As part of the early design we developed an 8 phase approach to the mall renovation. The plan was then refined with the CM to include temporary life safety measures for each of the phases of work and outlined temporary work that needed to completed prior to implementation of each of the phases. The mechanical penthouse reconstruction and equipment replacement was expedited so that the work could be completed during the shoulder seasons. The mechanical penthouse was designed so that new equipment could be installed without completely decommissioning the existing equipment all within a very tight urban condition.
Sheldon Catarino was Principal in Charge at Kasian Architecture Inc. and led all phases of the project. He continues on at Cumulus Architects Inc. as lead Design Adviser during the project's construction.
Renderings courtesy of First Capital Realty.