Welcome back to LASH Construction’s Community Portal. Here you will find monthly updates on the progress of our Distinction residential condominium project located at 11 Lillian St. (the corner of Lillian and Soudan.) Our goal is to provide the community with an interactive space where we provide updates on our progress, as well as the ability to contact the developer with questions or concerns relating to the project. Please always remember if a situation is observed that is an actual emergency please contact 911.
Labour day has come and gone and we are steadily closing in on our target depth at Lillian and Soudan. The weather has been co-operating all summer long and progress has been steady. Layer by layer the soil has been removed exposing caisson walls and allowing us to further lag the East and South elevations of the project. In the coming days target depth will be achieved.
In the coming weeks as we see the target depth exposed our shoring (the retention of external elements from the dug hole,) will be completed and our shoring contractor will be demobilizing. A mobile crane will be utilized to remove the machines from the bottom depths of the excavation as they are no longer needed. In unison our excavation contract will be removing the required last bit of soil and you will see them demobilize and the machinery will be lifted out of the hole via the aforementioned mobile crane. Once the machines are removed the second stages of construction start to take shape. We now are at the target depth and can begin to build skyward towards our ultimate goal.
The forming contractor will be now on site daily. Steel reinforcement bar and concrete will be utilized as we build back up to ground floor level and beyond. The first step of this next phase is to pour the “raft slab,” which will help contain the building structure and is an integral structural element of the building to be. A large amount of steel and concrete will be utilized at this stage. A mobile crane will be used to lift steel into the hole, concrete delivery trucks and a concrete pump will be on site to deliver concrete to where it is needed. This is all in preparation for the tower crane to be eventually erected allowing us to expedite delivery and placement of all necessary on-site materials, but first things first; we need a solid footprint to begin to build back up and out of the excavation. This is the raft slab.
At this time, you will also see waterproofing occurring at the shoring walls. Water control in the engineered design of a structure of this nature is paramount, just like any typical house foundation. Wherever an exterior sub grade wall exists, water must be controlled. In previous months we have spoken in detail about the dewatering system engaged in the project, where via engineered design and protocol we were able to lower the water table to allow for the hole to be excavated. At this new phase the dewatering will allow us to waterproof the exterior elements as we build out of the hole. Eventually this will make the dewatering process no longer necessary. In the future you will see the dewatering elements of the site disappear as we reach towards ground floor level.
By months end we should be nearing the erection of the permanent crane that will be slowly raised throughout the project as we build skyward. The crane will allow us to move materials and pour concrete more readily and easily. Concrete pumps and temporary cranes will no longer be needed and this will expedite progress on site to meet our target goals.
Dump trucks are out and concrete and steel delivery will be the new normal at Lillian and Soudan. As per our previous updates and community meetings/discussions with the Councillors office /City of Toronto staff it is our goal not to cause any unnecessary disturbance to the residents of the area. As we move forward with the project if you have a question, or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at LASH.
If you have any questions or concerns about the project or have a generally inquiry please feel free to contact us via the community phone number provided below. If not immediately answered, this phone is connected to an e-mail system that automatically sends a detailed message to our on-site team headed by our Site Superintendent. Please leave a detailed message of your concern and someone will immediately address any concerns on site and get back to you about your inquiry.
Distinction Project Site contact number: 416 630 9393 ext. 470