Q. How do you design a condo building beside and above a subway tunnel?
A. Brace yourself for a challenge and bridge the superstructure.
Structurally Engineered Around Toronto's Subway
Twenty Gothic Condominiums, Toronto, ON
We were honoured to be asked to provide the structural engineering solution for the eight-story Twenty Gothic Condominiums: honoured and challenged.
Because the condos are situated beside and above the Toronto Transit Commission subway tunnel, we had two significant concerns. Our design needed to make certain that owners wouldn't feel the subway vibrations, and we needed to ensure construction would not disrupt to the busy subway system, which provides critical transportation to over a million riders each workday.
RJC collaborated closely with the Monarch Group and the design team to provide engineering solutions during the design stage through to the construction stage.
With careful analytical modeling of the superstructure, we resolved several construction concerns and saved many hours of costly field labour by meeting regulary with the team to deal with issues as they arose. Together, we navigated the challenges of designing this superstructure through innovative thinking, flexibility, effective communication and timely responses.
Projects such as this set a strong example for future urban developments. Having overcome the challenges of the site, the development improves accessibility to Toronto's transit system and demonstrates that urban conveniences can integrate seamlessly with the comfort and quiet of home.