First Canadian Place Recladding
Brookfield Properties Corporation, Canadian Commercial Operations
455,000 sq. ft.
The First Canadian Place Tower is an iconic, 72-storey, Class AAA building located in the heart of downtown Toronto’s financial district. Built between 1972-1975 with an impressive white carerra marble cladding, the exterior skin of the building had weathered to the point that the Owners decided to undertake a complete re-cladding program in order to revitalize the exterior and provide sustainable life to the building.
The existing 455,000 square feet of marble cladding which consisted of approximately 45,000 panels was removed and replaced with a visibly updated, durable and energy efficient building envelope consisting of white ceramic fritted glass, triple glazed, unitized spandrel panels. Given the location of the site in the downtown core and the limitations of working completely from the exterior of the building the development of a suitable access system was an extremely challenging undertaking.
Access to the building for workers and materials was provided by a custom designed, three-level, suspended platform system that completely encompassed the perimeter of the building. This system allowed the team to finish the cladding to the client’s standard and also help preserve the iconic white exterior for Toronto’s skyline.