Argento March 2015 Construction Update

ArgentoThe structural concrete pour at our Argento community is now complete and the exterior brick for the townhomes is scheduled to commence in April. Window installations are currently on the 27th floor and the crane removal for the community is projected for the end of March.

Interior finishes such as channeling is taking place on the 21st floor while the installation of drywall is on the 17th. Kitchen and tile installations are on the 10th and 11th floors respectively. The rough-in plumbing work is being installed on the 19th floor and the finishing work is expected to start in one to two weeks.

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Image taken from the live construction camera on March 16, 2015

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Avani at Metrogate March 2015 Construction Update

Avani at MetrogateOur construction teams at Avani at Metrogate are currently pouring concrete on the 3rd floor of the community; having completed 90% of the concrete slab and 80% of the walls on this floor. The plumbing and electrical sleeving and pipe installation is in progress at the garage levels and Enbridge has commenced the gas service installation in the community.

Our teams expect to start precast (which is the exterior skin of the building) and window installations in the spring.

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Image taken from the live construction camera on March 16, 2015.

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Two Old Mill March 2015 Construction Update

Two Old MillThe precast and window installations are now 100% complete at our Two Old Mill community. Drywall is currently being installed on the 8th floor, kitchen installations are on the 5th floor and plumbing and electrical rough-ins are in progress on the 8th and 9th floors. The amenity areas are 95% complete with our teams working on furnishing the different areas.

With the slightly warmer weather and melting of the snow, our teams have also been able to start the exterior landscaping for the community.

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Image taken from the live construction camera March 16, 2015.

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Ten York March 2015 Construction Update

Ten YorkWe are moving on up! Our construction teams have completed pouring concrete on the P5 parking level at Ten York. They are now in the process of finishing the P4 level and have begun pouring on the P3 level.

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Image taken from the live construction camera March 16, 2015.

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One Old Mill March 2015 Construction Update

One Old MillClosings are currently taking place on the 9th floor at the One Old Mill community while Homeowner Orientation inspections are being finalized on the 11th floor.

All common areas and amenities have been completed with the exception of the corridor carpet on the Grand Penthouse level. Plumbing and electrical rough-in work is now complete and the finishing work is now taking place on the Penthouse and Grand Penthouse levels. The exterior hoist has also been removed allowing our teams to start the interior finishes of all hoist suites within the community.

We look forward to sending you more updates. Be sure to follow Facebook and Twitter for even more information.

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One Old Mill Party Room

One Old Mill Party Room

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Aqualina at Bayside March 2015 Construction Update

Aqualina at BaysideOur construction team at Aqualina at Bayside is currently working on the shoring of the construction site and will begin excavation in the upcoming months. Shoring of the construction site is comprised of a caisson wall, which is a series of vertically drilled holes creating a support wall used to facilitate excavation where there are adjacent structures or buildings. The caisson wall construction is currently 50% complete and building caissons are 30% complete.

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Aqualina at Bayside Construction

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Alto & Parkside at Atria March 2015 Construction Update

Atria North YorkThe pouring of the ground floor has been completed for both Alto and Parkside at Atria. The second floor pour for Parkside is 60% complete while the second floor pour for Alto is 30% complete. Both precast and window fabrication are in progress.

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Image taken from the live construction camera, March 16, 2015.

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Argento February 2015 Construction Update

ArgentoOur construction teams at Argento are working hard to prepare the community for the start of occupancy. Concrete is currently being poured on the roof, window installations are on the 23rd floor and the wood framing for the townhomes is now complete. Interior finishing such as drywall is being installed on the 12th floor and kitchen and tile installations are on the 8th floor. 

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Image taken from the live construction camera February 25, 2015.

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Winter Living and Comfort in your Condominium Home

 

 

If you have lived in a house, you probably know all about cold weather preparation for your home, things like getting out the snow shovel and checking the seals on your windows or shutting off the water to your hose bibs.  If you live in a high-rise condominium, your list is quite a bit easier but there are still some things you should plan for during the winter months to maintain your home and protect your investment.  Here are some of the tips that will keep you and your home comfortable and protected during our Canadian winters.

1.  Monitor humidity levels in your suite.  This is the big one. Some humidity is necessary for comfort but too much or too little will cause problems in your home.  Too much humidity leads to condensation and usually shows up on your windows first.  Excessive condensation will eventually result in damage to your windows, drywall and flooring.  Simple ways to reduce your humidity levels are to turn on your fans – the exhaust fan over your stove, in your bathroom – or, if you have an ERV, set it to maximum until you have removed the excess humidity from your home. Too little humidity brings it’s own concerns, such as causing wood to shrink.  Even if you don’t have wood flooring, it’s a good bet that you do have some wood in your suite – kitchen cabinetry, doorframes, baseboards, furniture – any of these items react to too little humidity by shrinking and separating.    Since humidity levels will change depending on the outside temperature relative to the inside temperature, its hard to give a concise recommendation but as a guideline, the chart below is a general outline to prevent condensation.  The most reliable indicator, though, is your own home.

Outside Air Temperature                              Desirable Maximum Inside

Degrees Celsius                   Relative Humidity (%) Indoor Temperature of  21° C

-30 and colder                                                                      not over 15%

-30 to -25                                                                            not over 20%

-24 to -19                                                                            not over 25%

-12 to -7                                                                              not over 30%

-6 to 0                                                                                not over 35%

2.  Do not turn your fancoil or heat pump off.  Some of us are tempted to conserve energy by turning our heat off during the day or if we’re going away.  Unfortunately, this can lead to problems.  Operating your heating system, even at a minimum level, will keep the components inside active and working and prevent sticking or jamming when the unit is turned back on.  An operating heating unit will also help protect your home’s environment for your return.  Rule of thumb – it takes about 1 hour to raise the temperature 1 degree.  If you turn your heating unit off during the day, you’ll be sleeping in a very chilly home until your heating unit gets to a comfortable temperature.

3.  Do NOT turn off your Energy Recovery Ventilator & let it Defrost properly.  Many new Tridel homes are equipped with Energy Recovery Ventilators (ERV’s).  During very cold weather, the recovery of heat creates frost in the ERV core.  To maintain it’s proper operation, the ERV is programmed to defrost the recovery core. Many ERV systems work on a cycle, defrosting for approximately 7-10 minutes and then resuming normal operation for 20-25 minutes.  While defrosting, the frequency the ERV operates on will vary according to the outside temperature, as well as the make/model of ERV.  During the defrost cycle, your ERV will over-ride the existing settings and will shift into maximum speed.  The dampers will also close.  After defrosting, the unit will resume normal operation and return to the setting you have selected.

4.  Program your thermostat.  Most programmable thermostats have pre-programmed temperature settings for your weekday and weekend use.  During weekdays, your temperature will decrease while you’re away from home and will slowly rise again in the evenings so you’re comfortable when you’re home at night.  It’s energy efficient and easy.  A “set and forget” solution.

5.  Check your fancoil or heat pump filters.  If your filter is dirty and clogged, you won’t get proper air flow and that will reduce the amount of heat you actually get in your home.   It also makes the motor in your fancoil or heat pump work harder and can reduce the life span of your unit.

 

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Avani at Metrogate January 2015 Construction Update

Avani at MetrogateOur construction teams at Avani at Metrogate are currently pouring concrete for the third floor of the community. The community now has temporary power, and we are working with Enbridge for gas services.

Our teams expect to start precast (which is the exterior skin of the building) and window installations in the spring.

Watch the progress online as the Avani live construction camera updates every 30 minutes with a new photo.

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Image taken from the live construction camera January 27, 2015.

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