We have been providing the University of Toronto with quality engineering services since 2005. Given the age of many of the university’s buildings, we’ve always taken special care to ensure that our design and construction protocols maintain the character and integrity of the original structures. This project involved the complex installation of a 4-stop elevator and the construction of an intermediate floor at Simcoe Hall, a Toronto heritage building erected in 1924.
Our expertise in working with concrete, steel, and masonry structures with complex foundations made us well-equipped for this unique challenge. We designed the installation of the elevator shaft around the existing layout, successfully combining new concrete technology with the old brick walls. We also devised complicated underpinning to support the existing masonry wall next to the elevator shaft. Our sequence of construction ensured minimal disruption of the day-to-day operations at the building.