The iconic Toronto Eaton Center is set to receive a makeover of $ 76 million.
In a press release issued Tuesday, Cadillac Fairview (CF) said it would spend $ 60 million on renovating the gallery’s skylight.
The release said the existing glass will be replaced with the latest materials and technologies to “improve energy efficiency while preserving its classic design aesthetics.”
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Wayne Barwise, CF’s executive vice president, said the gallery’s original design was “inspired by Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Italy.”
He said it has “served as a hallmark of the mall since it opened in 1977.”
“As custodians of this unique architectural element, our priority is to ensure the integrity of its design as we significantly improve its functional performance,” Barwise said in a statement.
According to CF, the project will be completed in two phases.
The first phase will take place in mid-January at the south end of the mall, from Queen Street to Center Court.
The second phase begins in March 2023, CF said.
According to the announcement, the work will be carried out by Zeidler Architecture Inc and Read Jones Crhistoffersen consulting engineers. Construction will be overseen by EllisDon Corporation.
“As the original architects of the gallery, we are honored to play a continuing role in one of the city’s most iconic buildings,” said David Collins, a partner at Zeidler Architecture Inc., in the release.
He said the work would ensure that the skylight is “fit for purpose and sustainable in the long run, all the while retaining its original architectural splendor.”
According to the release, the Eaton Center’s art installation “Flight Stop” will be “temporarily and carefully removed” by an art restoration company for “professional maintenance.”
CF said it will be placed in secure storage until reinstalled.
The company said it will also invest $ 17 million to improve shoppers’ movement and availability.
CF said three new stairs will be added in the South Court and Urban Eatery.
In addition, improvements will be made to elevators, including the installation of a larger cab in an existing elevator to “better accommodate strollers and scooters.”
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