The North St. Lawrence Market Redevelopment project is taking place in three phases. The project is currently in Phase 3, construction of the new North Market Building.

On May 15, 2019, City Council approved the awarding of a contract for the construction of the new St. Lawrence Market North building at 92 Front St. to The Buttcon Limited/The Atlas Corporation Joint Venture. Construction of the new market began in July 2019. The building is expected to be completed and operational by spring 2022 subject to contractor progress.

What to Expect

  • Construction will take place Monday to Friday, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please note that on occasion, contractors will be required to work past 5 p.m. and on weekends as permitted by The Noise Bylaw (Chapter 591, City of Toronto Municipal Code).
  • Excavators will be used throughout the excavation work including one with a hydraulic hammer to break up existing foundations.
  • Concrete trucks will be on site during construction along with a tower crane to provide handling access for materials and equipment.
  • There will be construction related noise and vibration while construction is taking place.  Vibration may be experienced at adjacent buildings and structures.

Work completed to date includes:

  • the installation of perimeter shoring along property lines
  • excavation work to the base of parking level 4, the final excavation depth, is nearing completion
  • tower crane installation for handling of materials and equipment

Ongoing work over the summer will includes:

  • completion of site excavated
  • site service connections to municipal services, i.e. power, water, sewer, and gas
  • construction of building footings and foundation walls including the parking garage followed by the above ground structure.
excavation and shoring nearing completion, tower crane installation underway
Excavation and shoring nearing completion. Tower crane installation underway.

 

construction of building footings underway
Construction of building footings underway.

 

Photo of the tower crane installation complete
Tower crane installation complete.

Work completed to the end of January 2020 includes:

  • Bulk excavation and shoring has been completed to the base of parking level 2
  • Connection of site water and sanitary lines to municipal network completed
  • Installation of insulation blankets along the perimeter of the excavation
  • Installation of second row of tiebacks nearing completion

Ongoing work includes:

  • Bulk excavation and shoring of the site
  • Excavation of utility service tunnel to St Lawrence Hall
  • Sequential excavation, tie back and lagging installation will progress through to the base of parking level 4
  • Following the completion of the excavation and shoring work a tower crane will be installed and construction will begin on the building foundations and parking garage followed by the above grade structure
Overview of construction site looking north
An overview of the construction site looking north.
Shoring and excavation is complete to the base of parking level 2.
Shoring and excavation is complete to the base of parking level 2.
The installation of second row of tie backs underway.
The installation of second row of tie backs underway.

Work completed to the end of October includes:

  • Drilling and pile installation along the property line
  • Drilling of geothermal boreholes
  • Site spoils been removed and drill rigs demobilized from the site
  • Contractor’s field offices (trailers) have been relocated from the construction site to the adjacent Market Lane Park to facilitate site excavation
  • Lighting on hoarding along the park side of the site reinstated

Ongoing work includes:

  • Bulk excavation and shoring of the site
  • Sequential excavation, tie backs and lagging installation will progress from grade through to the base of parking level 4. The excavation work will require that trucks enter and exit the site primarily through the Front Street gate. Flag persons are stationed at the Front Street gate to control pedestrian and vehicle traffic during excavation and hauling activities.
  • Following the completion of shoring and site excavated work, construction will begin on the building foundations and parking garage, followed by the above ground structure.
North St. Lawrence Market Construction
Bulk excavation underway at the south east corner of North St. Lawrence Market site
Construction at North St. Lawrence Market
Storm water cistern excavation underway at north east corner of site
Construction at North St. Lawrence Market
Timber lagging and tie back installation along the west property line
construction at North. St. Lawrence Market
Timber lagging and tie back installation along east and south property lines

Work completed over the summer months includes:

  • installation of sidewalk/tree protection
  • the removal of existing footings and sewers from previous buildings
  • the installation of perimeter shoring pads in preparation for shoring and excavation work
  • Installation of the north caisson wall
Construction progress at North St. Lawrence Market
August 2019, overview showing site clearing work underway
 Construction progress at North St. Lawrence Market as of August 2019.
August 2019, site clearing complete, shoring pad installation underway
Construction progress at North St. Lawrence Market as of September 2019.
September 2019, overview showing shoring piles installation underway along north and east property lines.
Pile installation at the north St Lawrence market construction site
September 2019, pile installation underway along  west property line

Next Steps

Ongoing excavation and shoring work over the fall and winter months includes:

  • drilling and pile installation along East, West and South property lines
  • sequential excavation, tie backs and lagging installation from grade through to base of Parking level 4
  • Following the completion of  shoring and site excavated work, construction will begin on the building foundations and parking garage, followed by the above ground structure.