First Canadian Place Recladding

  • Client

    Brookfield Properties Corporation, Canadian Commercial Operations

  • Region

    Central Canada

  • City


  • Budget

    $101 Million

  • Year Completed


  • Size

    455,000 sq. ft.

  • Sector


  • Sub-Sector

    Commercial Office

The Story

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.

Since completing the Tower re-cladding project, the EllisDon team successfully delivered the buildings’ lobby and podium renovations. Based on their ability to address new challenges head-on, and their strong leadership and experience on other projects done for Brookfield, I would not hesitate to recommend EllisDon for any future re-cladding or renovation work.

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.

Every time another level of engineering and drawings for the access system was completed, the stone removal and glass panel subcontractors were involved in the evolution of the design of the system with input.

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.