Canadian Consulting Engineer

CTBUH Canada Chapter to Host Tour of YC Condos

March 21, 2018
460 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario

The next CTBUH Canada 2018 Tall Building and Urban Site Tour will be Canderel’s new condominium development, YC Condos, a sleek and slender high-rise located on Yonge at College. The tower has five levels of below-grade parking, two levels of retail and three levels of office space. YC Condos has extended balconies and one-of-a-kind amenities, including a top-floor infinity pool.

The structure required innovative thinking by the structural engineers, RJC Engineers, to maximize architectural space on the very slender floor plate while maintaining stringent performance requirements to minimize occupant discomfort during frequent winds.

The project is the first in the world to employ the distributed viscoelastic coupling damper (VCD) system, designed by Kinetica, which utilizes 3M viscoelastic (VE) damping polymer bonded between alternating steel plates, which replace reinforced concrete coupling beams and are anchored into structural walls. The dampers work like distributed shock absorbers in a car, improving comfort during frequent wind storms, and protecting the structure against extremely rare strong wind events or earthquakes. Because the dampers replace traditional concrete beams, they do not occupy any architectural space, which allows developers to maximize revenue.

Note, attendance is limited to 40 people on a first-come, first-serve basis. Participants will need to bring CSA-approved construction boots, which are mandatory for the tour.

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