Great Gulf breaks ground at 70-storey, $450-million condominium One Bloor

Great Gulf unveiled their plans for One Bloor, the multi-award-winning company’s flagship condominium residence situated at the crossroads of Yonge and Bloor in Toronto, during a groundbreaking event. Situated at the southeast corner of Yonge and Bloor Streets and the gateway to prestigious Bloor-Yorkville, and in response to consumer demand, five more storeys have recently been added, bringing the condominium’s total height to 70 storeys and the number of suites to 732.

To mark the onset of construction, a special screening room was set up within a tent on the One Bloor site with the One Bloor Design and Construction Team in attendance. Ground was broken through motion-driven gesture-controlled virtual technology that simulated the earth falling away from the floor of the tent as shovels were “dug in”. An image of the building then rose on a video tower in the background. The ceremony emulated the gesture-controlled technology housed within the One Bloor condominium sales office, which offers a virtual tour of the property and its interiors.

At the ceremonies, David Gerofsky, president and COO of the Great Gulf Group of Companies said, “One Bloor is the culmination of a shared fantasy of what downtown living can be. Our world-renowned design team comprised of Hariri Pontarini Architects, Cecconi Simone, and Janet Rosenberg + Associates, have brought Great Gulf’s dream and that fantasy into reality.”

Outstanding components of this $450 million, target LEED certified, Hariri Pontarini-designed mixed-use community include: direct Yonge and Bloor line subway access – with new public subway access on Yonge Street; 100,000 square feet of new prime retail on three levels along Yonge and Bloor; 27,000 square feet of unique Cecconi Simone-designed indoor and outdoor resort-inspired amenities; and an additional 19,000 square feet of outdoor amenity space by Janet Rosenberg +Associates.

One Bloor construction management is by Tucker Hi-Rise Construction, which has designed an advanced system called “BEEM” – Building Elements Execution and Modeling, which is being used at One Bloor. BEEM enables the company to generate and exchange information through all stages of the design process, simulate real-world performance, streamline workflow, value engineer, increase productivity and improve project quality.

Available Tower Suites range in size from 530 to 1,727 square feet, priced from $511,990 to over $1.7 million. Two-Storey City Suites range in size from 1,059 to 1,659 square feet, priced from $688,990 to over $1.1 million. Occupancy is slated for December 2014.

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