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Toronto Society of Architects hard hat tour of 80 Atlantic

Wayne McMillan explaining something to a group of people, all wearing construction site safety gear, inside an unfinished floor of 80 Atlantic with exposed wood ceiling and columns
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With Ontario's first multi-storey mass timber building nearing completion, Toronto Society of Architects took the opportunity to organize a tour of 80 Atlantic. The tour resonated with the city's architecture enthusiasts and garnered tremendous interest and a waitlist over 200 long. 

On Wednesday, 21 August 2019, Principal-in-Charge Richard Witt and project team member Wayne McMillan led a group of approximately 40 people through 80 Atlantic, beginning outside with an overview of Liberty Village's historically industrial context and a recap of 80 Atlantic's relationship to its sister building 60 Atlantic, an adaptive reuse of a 19th century wine warehouse. Inside, tour attendees enjoyed the smell of fresh cut wood and unobstructed views of the exposed nail-laminated timber ceilings and glulam columns that will make up the office space on the upper four floors. The tour explored themes including 80 Atlantic's green building benefits and lessons learned in wood construction.

80 Atlantic is slated for completion at the end of 2019. Click here to learn more about this groundbreaking project. For a detailed recap of the tour, see this Urban Toronto article.

Richard Witt about to lead a tour of mass timber commercial building 80 Atlantic to architecture enthusiasts, with the fully glazed south facade in the background

Wayne McMillan walking down a laneway with other people in construction site safety gear, with the half-finished 80 Alantic in the background showing several floors of exposed wood ceiling and columns

Richard Witt explaining something to a group of people wearing construction site safety gear in an unfinished floor of 80 Atlantic that features exposed wood ceilings and columns

close up of nail laminated timber ceiling