The Edison building's lobby renovation included removing a portion of the second floor, expanding the first and second floors, replacing the building envelope along the west and south ends of the lobby, and renovating both the exterior and interior space.
Located across from the Fairmont Palliser Hotel, the project team did demolition and other noisy work between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. to minimize disruption to hotel guests and active tenants in the Edison building.
A challenging component for the project team was the structural reinforcing of the tower columns. The second-floor concrete slab was to be demolished to open up the front lobby to a 35-foot ceiling; however, this slab acted as a lateral support for the 30-story tower. The team opted to install an in-house-engineered, temporary shoring unit to ensure that the horizontal force remained supported. Upon further discovery that the existing columns were not constructed as initially outlined, PCL engaged in extensive surveying to determine the condition of each column, which allowed the project team to reengineer the structural reinforcing.
The work of the project team alongside that of Aspen Properties and Gibbs Gage Architects allowed for a positive working relationship to form. As a result, PCL was able to secure a number of tenant fitout projects for the Edison.