British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (bcIMC) held a ceremony to mark the completion and initiation of significant phases in the development of Southcore Financial Centre (SFC) with the topping-off of the PwC Tower and a groundbreaking event for another office tower and the new flagship Delta Toronto hotel.
The 650,000-sq.-ft. PwC Tower at 18 York Street will be headquarters to accounting and consulting firm PwC, and is scheduled for occupancy in fall 2011. The placing of the final beam on the rooftop of the PwC Tower concludes SFC’s first phase of development, involving 542 construction days and a dedicated effort by the EllisDon construction team. Following the topping-off event, a groundbreaking ceremony launched SFC’s second phase of development: a second office building – the 30-storey, 700,000-sq.-ft. Bremner Tower – and the 45-storey Delta Toronto, a next-generation, premium four-star hotel.
Encompassing a full block from York Street to Lower Simcoe Street and within walking distance of King and Bay, the SFC complex will be targeting LEED Gold certification.
The new Delta Toronto, set to open in 2014, will provide 566 guest rooms, including 24 extended-stay suites for travelers who are in the city for a longer period of time. The hotel will feature the latest in sustainable design including heat-recovery ventilation, low-flow fixtures, smartcards to control room lighting and air based on suite occupancy, and green roofs throughout the building.
Centrally positioned between the PwC Tower and the Delta Toronto, SFC’s Bremner Tower – projected to be completed by December 2013 – will bridge the adjacent buildings and form the heart of the SFC complex along Bremner Boulevard. SFC’s 1.4 million sq. ft. of office space is designed by award-winning KPMB Architects. The Delta Toronto is designed by Paige + Steele / IBI Architects. All three buildings will be connected by more than 14,000 square feet of urban forest areas and pedestrian walkways.