JULY 1, 2020 : By JOHN LORINC
The motivation of LGA principal Janna Levitt, whose firm designed Stackt Market, a shipping container complex in downtown Toronto, was to build the small building, small prefab arts and recreation facility situated in the middle of an Etobicoke park, without overrunning the busy park with construction equipment.
The project is to begin building the foundations and elevator shafts at the Grimbsy plant in the next few weeks to start assembling the 100 units which will be hauled on flatbed trucks to Toronto later in the summer. Mr. Ling, the architect of the project, said â€œEverything is installed in the shop,â€. Once theyâ€™re lowered into place, the landscape will be completed and the apartments turned over to the new occupants. â€œItâ€™s pretty simple and straightforward” he added.
The senior project manager at Ellis-Don, Cara Grant, oversaw the construction of the Stackt Market and said â€œI had to think backwards about how we were going to build it.â€ The process involved refining the interior design of each container, staging their arrival and finally knitting the whole complex together with plumbing, electrical systems and landscaping. â€œitâ€™s very important that the construction manager participate from the beginning with the design team and the owner. It has to happen together to make it workâ€ she added.
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