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Glass falls from new tower in Toronto – again

A piece of glass fell from a new tower in downtown Toronto this weekend, an incident that has become all too common.


A piece of glass fell from a new tower in downtown Toronto this weekend, an incident that has become all too common.

Toronto police were reported to be investigating after glass fell from the Shangri-La Hotel and Condominium tower early on Sunday, November 24.

Adelaide Street from Simcoe Street to University Avenue had to be closed down while police investigated the recent incident with the Shangri-La, which is 65 storeys and was completed in 2012.  No-one was injured.

 In the past couple of years glass has fallen from other new towers as well.  In December 2012, Canadian Consulting Engineer published a feature about new provisions in the Ontario Building Code that had been enacted to bolster the support and design of glass in balconies following the recent problems. The article, “Glass Fallout” was by Gerald R. Genge, P.Eng. of GRG Building Consultants.

To see a text-only version of the article, click here.

To view the article with graphics as it appeared in the print magazine (page 14 ff.), click here.


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