160 Front Street West is a transformative addition to Toronto’s skyline, nestled within the city’s vibrant Financial District. Rising to 47 stories, the asymmetric tower stands as a symbol of architectural innovation and collaboration. The structure houses esteemed tenants, TD Bank and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board while integrating seamlessly with the city’s rich heritage.
The galvanizer is truly an excellent company. The customer service, quality, and delivery are consistently accurate and great. We value our relationship and partnership with the galvanizer. Their dedication and commitment to quality product contributes to our overall success.
Glass and steel surround the structure, serving both aesthetic and practical purposes. The structure strategically channels lateral forces to its central axis, resulting in a tapered shape that optimizes wind resistance while offering unobstructed corner views. As for the size and caliber of the project, the vast gross floor area is nearly 1.2 million square feet.
The most remarkable feature of the project is the crown that shelters the mechanical and Building Maintenance Unit (BMU) components. The complex design of the crown required meticulous structural work and a protective coating that would be able to withstand the harsh environmental conditions. Stability of the structure was paramount and after considering other options for protection, galvanizing stood above the rest due to its durable and long-lasting benefits. Along with durability, galvanizing reduces the need for frequent touch-ups compared to traditional paint coatings. The adaptability of galvanized steel allowed the team to efficiently address the intricate design and size challenges posed by the project.
The curved, exposed structural steel (AESS) pipes received a 3-coat polyurethane duplex system. The top white coat provided a clean and modern look as the final aesthetic.
Throughout the project, there were challenges that required the galvanizer to communicate regularly with the customer. The design stage of the project was crucial as the galvanizer was able to share expertise on vent and drain hole placement. This was pivotal for the project to create the highest quality product for the customer. Some of the larger pieces also required progressive dipping, which required fluid communication between both parties to ensure the pieces would be coated completely.
160 Front Street West will stand as a testament to the successful amalgamation of heritage and innovation. Future generations of architects, builders and designers will be inspired many decades to come as the structure leaves a legacy for those that get to experience it.
The project will now serve as the new home for TD bank, aligning with Toronto’s heritage plan while reshaping its skyline. The revitalization of what was once a parking lot into a prominent architectural icon adds to the area’s vibrancy. Its central location on Yonge Street coupled with public accessibility through the building allows the old and new to converge, forging a connection with the community.
The partnership between Walters Group and the galvanizer, along with the strategic use of galvanized steel exemplifies the fusion of aesthetics, durability and efficiency. As Toronto’s skyline has evolved, this iconic structure proves how galvanized steel is shaping remarkable urban landscapes.
Building & Architecture
Toronto, ON Canada
Coating Durability, Corrosion Performance, Life-Cycle Cost, Sustainability
Primary structure that is galvanized is the crown that covers the mechanical and BMU components.
Chris van Houten
Valmont Coatings - Pure Metal Galvanizing Brantford
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