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Residential | ASPEN RIDGE HOMES – VU LIVING Different Point of ‘Vu’ R ASPEN RIDGE ADJUSTS TO THE REBIRTH OF HIGHRISE CONDOS WITH VU LIVING. BY BROOKE INFUSINO apid development in Toronto has made it increasingly difficult for developers to plant new roots in the outskirts of the city. Although this fact might leave some developers searching for new projects, it provided Aspen Ridge Homes with the chance to break into high-rise development. “In Toronto, infrastructure is reaching its capacity, and municipalities are working hard to increase the density within the city,” Construction Manager Peter Szlichta says. “Toronto is still experiencing an ongoing, high-level of immigration. Toronto has to absorb at least 50 percent of the immigration that comes to Ontario. In a lot of instances, people are coming from urban areas where they are used to high-rise living. Planning departments have told us that for the next 20 years, high-rise development will be dominant in downtown Toronto.” ‘Vu’ From the Top Aspen Ridge Homes is cultivating a small crop of dwellings to meet the special needs of professionals with Vu Living – its latest condo high-rise development. The project was designed by Hariri Pontarini Architects in partnership with Young + Wright Architects to blend in with the surrounding Toronto community. Situated on a 79,000-square-foot footprint, the exterior of the twotower development features a contemporary glass exterior with brick and limestone. The two residential towers – 15- and 24-stories – are connected by an eight-story podium, which includes 14,000 square feet of retail. The development also features 17 street-level town homes. Cecconi Simone Interior Design created the interiors for the tower lofts, Vu Living in Toronto is part of a recent resurgence in the high-rise residential market. The two-tower development covers an entire city block in downtown Toronto. which range from 500-square-foot studios up to 2,600-square-foot, threebedroom penthouse suites. The development features several rooftop gardens, a fitness center, party room with bar, a large landscaped lounge on top of the podium and a grand lobby staffed with concierge service. Encompassing an entire city block in the business core of Toronto, Vu Living is “the ideal location for people active in the business community or who are looking for convenient access to the amenities of downtown,” Szlichta says. “One of the features about the site is that it has very attractive views of the skyline. One of the designer’s manwww.vuliving.com, www.aspenridgehomes.com • Project value: $75 million (Canadian) dates was that the building should capitalize on the view and • Location: Toronto, Ontario create as much window space for • Scope: Multifamily residential high-rise residents as possible.” » Aspen Ridge Homes “Planning departments have told us that for the next 20 years, high-rise development will be dominant in downtown Toronto.” –Peter Szlichta, construction manager Tweaking the Plan Aspen Homes’ construction team mitigated constructability and budget challenges that were cre- CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM JANUARY 2010
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Construction Today - January 2010
Construction Today - January 2010
Metrus Construction Limited: Le Parc Tower II
CJ Pink Ltd.
Costello Dismantling Co. Inc.
Allied Building Products Corp.
IDEURBAN: The St. Regis Mexico City
Jersen Construction Group
Killian Construction Co.: The Westin Hotel
Legacy Partners Residential: Riverpark
Strathcona Mechanical Ltd.
Tilton Pacific Construction Inc.
On the Cover
Product Showcase: Software and New Technology
Nicholson Construction Co.
Gilchrist Construction Co.
Turner Construction Co.: MIC Rental Car Center
Union Concrete Construction: Outer Harbor Parkway Project
D’Onofrio General Contractors Corp.
Worldwide Rental Services
AmQuip Crane Corp.
EIC Associates Inc.
Intercounty Paving Associates LLC: N.Y. Route 112
Matrix Design Group
Nicholson Construction Co.: Canton Dam
Wilson & Company Inc. Engineers and Architects: Rail Division
Group Lepine Ltd.
Laurysen Kitchens Ltd.
Aspen Ridge Homes: Vu Living
Walsh Construction: Sherman Replacement Hospital
PortSide Builders Inc.
Summit Builders Construction Co.: Classic Residence at Silverstone
Keystone Construction Corp.: Carmel Arts District Lofts
HDR Architecture Inc.
Brasfield & Gorrie LLC
Dimeo Construction Co.
EllisDon: North Park Quad Pad Arena
CANA Construction: TELUS World of Science
Cornerstone General Contractors Inc.
Harvey-Cleary Builders: City of Austin Public Safety Training Facility
Hensel Phelps Construction Co.: Granada Hills High School
Pirtle Construction Co.: City of Miami College
Sundt: East Contra Costa
Taylor & Parrish Inc.: Carole Weinstein International Center
Turner Construction Co.: Nationwide Children's Hospital
Turner Construction Co.: Duval Unified County Courthouse Facility
Weddle Brothers Construction Co. Inc.
AP Construction Inc.: Kensington Creative and Performing Arts High School
The Boldt Co.: Luther Midelfort Hospital Expansion
Choate Construction: NGCSU Projects
Donley’s LLC: Bavaro Hall at the University of Virginia
EllisDon: Woodstock General Hospital
McCarty Corp.: Maneuver Center of Excellence Headquarters
Munlake Contractors Inc.
Murray Company: Kiowa Country Memorial Hospital
River City Construction LLC
Skyline Roofing Ltd.
SpawGlass: Austin Community College Round Rock Campus
W.E. O’Neil Construction: Downtown Women's Center Project
CANA Construction: SMART Technologies
Ecco III Enterprises Inc.
G.W. Peoples Contracting Co.
ARCO/Murray National Construction Co. Inc.
Baker Electric Inc.
Chester Bross Construction Co.
Titan Wrecking & Environmental LLC
Last Look: Urban Landmarks
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