Constructing Condos

If you live in a big city, you know that condominiums are hot properties. A waterfront condo offers a style of living uniquely suited to the city. They're close to everything, convenient, and of course they come at a better price than an equivalent detached home (most of the time). Add to that amenities which make these buildings like clubs people live in, and you can understand why so many flock to the developer's office when plans for a new condominium building are announced.

But, just how do those new condo buildings come about? After all, condo buildings are some of the last to be erected in the major cities in which they are found. Where they stand, there used to be offices, smaller houses, factories, even streets. Building like most of the condos aren't in the plans of the city fathers, where does that room come from?

Also, there is the problem of disruption. Condos don't just spring into existence. It takes awhile to turn that piece of real estate into a multi unit building, what happens to business all around in the interim?

Well, first to the question of development. We'll start with the easier way first. Many a condo, downtown Toronto, Montreal, and so on, has been built within an already existing building. Factories and plants are renovated, with units added and sometimes floors as well. The property is purchased by the developer from the previous owner, and the work is done. Most commonly these buildings are turned into lofts, but they can house apartment style condominiums too.

Building from the ground up is a bit trickier. Obviously, in a city as big and well developed as Toronto, before any new buildings can go up, some must be torn down. The massive size of the modern condo building makes this an easier task than you might think. Wrecking balls, clean up crews, sometimes even dynamite are employed to take down older buildings and clear away the foundations.

After that, it's a matter of construction. Scaffolding and a variety of machines are used to erect the building, while additional protection is put up over the sidewalks below to cover the heads of pedestrians. You'll notice that no condo building comes within 10 metres of a sidewalk; that's for the safety of people walking by on the streets when the construction is taking place.

And as for city traffic, well if you live in a city where construction is a frequent occurrence, you know it comes with its hassles. There may be detours on some days as roads are closed. Even when there aren't, often traffic control will be in place to guide the many vehicles working on the construction site in and out. It's all a part of making use of what land we have, so we can preserve what's left!

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Saturday, June 12, 2021