PCL Constructors Canada Inc. (Toronto) managed coordination of the new CF Toronto Eaton Centre Bridge to its permanent position above Queen Street West, connecting CF Toronto Eaton Centre with the Hudson’s Bay and Saks Fifth Avenue flagship location in downtown Toronto.
In the early morning hours of July 8th, the move used a self-propelled modular transport (SPMT) vehicle that lifted the bridge from its pre-assembly location on James Street, into place for installation on Queen Street West.
The strategic decision to construct the bridge on the ground on James Street, next to the shopping centre, instead of demolishing and constructing the bridge in place in a traditional stick build method, enabled the contractor, PCL, and the owner, Cadillac Fairview, to minimize impact to its clients, neighbours, tenants of the Toronto Eaton Centre, as well as the general public.
Due to the exposed structure where the old bridge used to reside, the next steps in the construction process involve tying in the new infrastructure to the existing buildings, which includes connecting the mechanical, electrical and life safety systems between the two buildings and the new bridge. In advance of the bridge’s opening this Fall, the next few months will also involve flooring installation and completion of interior finishes.