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September 13, 2011

Taking great panes to build The Tower

Installation of Tower windows

By Daniel Puiatti 

The Research & Learning Tower is undergoing another transformation this week. The outer glass ‘curtain walls’ are being installed on the second and third floors of the Tower on the corner of Bay and Elm Streets.

With construction now reaching the eighth floor of the soon to be 21-storey Tower, this is the first phase of the installation of the curtain walls. Part of the LEED Gold® plan for the Tower, the window panes being used for this project are extremely energy efficient and will bring natural light into 90 per cent of the Tower.  

Eventually wrapping around the 750,000 square foot state-of-the art research and learning facility, these panes of glass have been arranged into a unique colour pattern of greens and blues. The colour and glimmer of the glass now installed have made this new structure really take shape, transforming it from a skeletal outline into the essence of what the future Tower will look like as it rises into the Toronto skyline.

Since the groundbreaking in May 2010, The Research and Learning Tower is shaping up to forever change the landscape of Toronto’s Discovery District in 2013. Check out our Tower website for photos and artist renderings of the completed project and to view a live webcam feed of the construction progress.