CF Toronto Eaton Centre Bridge Project Named Best of the Best

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Toronto Construction Association Awards pay tribute to member companies who raise the bar for professional excellence
Toronto, ON (February 16, 2018) – The Toronto Construction Association (TCA) has honored Cadillac Fairview’s (CF) landmark CF Toronto Eaton Centre Bridge project with its Best of the Best Project Achievement Award (medium size) for 2017. PCL Constructors Canada Inc. (Toronto) accepted the award at the TCA’s annual general meeting held at Woodbine Racetrack on February 15, 2018.

“TCA’s project achievement awards pay tribute annually to member companies who raise the bar in terms of professional excellence,” says John Mollenhauer, TCA president & CEO. “What sets these projects apart is unique teamwork, dedication, innovation, professionalism, and leadership that together, culminate in an extraordinary project achievement.”

To better integrate CF Toronto Eaton Centre with Hudson’s Bay and Saks Fifth Avenue’s flagship locations in downtown Toronto, CF replaced the existing pedestrian bridge with an exciting new connection between the two major retail landmarks above Queen Street, one of the city’s busiest streets. Featuring enhanced aesthetics and functionality, the bridge’s development involved a multi-phased process that required assembly adjacent to the shopping center on James Street before being seamlessly lifted into place. The structure, which features glass and etched bronze cladding panels, provides distinct interior and exterior vantage points for users looking outward or pedestrians looking above from street level.

“As construction manager, PCL played a key role in delivering this one-of-a-kind, world-class project in partnership with Cadillac Fairview, and we congratulate and thank the entire team for this achievement,” says David Stewart, director, Project Management, Development, Cadillac Fairview. “PCL exemplified all of the qualities that the award calls for: innovation in means and methods; overcoming challenges related to budget, schedule, and quality control; unique safety and environmental protocols; and with professionalism exhibited by all members of the project team.”

The original concept for the replacement was to demolish the existing structure in sections and stick build the new bridge in its final position. However, this concept involved significant negative impacts to business and transit, prompting the team to review alternate possibilities and concepts for consideration. The resulting strategic decision to construct and pre-assemble the bridge on the ground next to the retail destination enabled PCL to minimize impact to clients, neighbors, transit, and tenants of the mall.

“It is an honour for PCL to accept the TCA’s Best of the Best Award in recognition of Cadillac Fairview’s investment in this iconic structure which has become a new cultural landmark for the City of Toronto,” said Matt Stainton, PCL Toronto senior construction manager. “This award is a testament to the collaborative relationships built between our team and multiple partners and stakeholders, coupled with a steadfast commitment to innovation, safety, and limited disruption to business operations and the community.”

With extremely tight tolerances, 3D modelling and laser scanning were utilized to inform decision making and to visually demonstrate and gain buy-in on the construction plan. PCL worked closely with WilkinsonEyre, who designed the bridge following an international design competition; local architect Zeidler Partnership Architect, who designed the original bridge and CF Toronto Eaton Centre (in association with B+H); electrical and lighting engineer, Mulvey & Banani International Inc.; structural engineer, Read Jones Christoffersen Consulting Engineers; and mechanical engineer, Mitchell Partnership Inc.; as well as several key subcontractors, including Seele, Walters Group, and Mammoet.

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the team involved in developing, designing, and constructing Toronto’s newest architectural icon in this short documentary profiling the creation of the CF Toronto Eaton Centre Bridge. 


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Liisa Morley
Communications Specialist
PCL Constructors Canada Inc. (Toronto)