Check back often for news about the Building Together project. Here we will share exciting construction and campaign updates, as well as important logistical information for families.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - First Structural Steel Delivery
Yesterday we received our first delivery of steel to begin the structural framework of our project. Today an excavator will be on site to dig up the asphalt of our front driveway in order to connect the new building to city services such as storm and sewer drains. Next Monday, July 25th, we will be receiving the next shipment of structural steel. It is so exciting to see the new building start to take shape!
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - Building the Foundation
Construction is progressing well. The footings, piers and foundation walls will be completed by the end of the week. Waterproofing of the foundation walls will start this week, followed by backfilling around the foundation perimeter. Underground services, such as electrical and plumbing work, will begin and continue into next week. This work will require an extension of the hoarding to cover part of the soccer pitch. Steel will be delivered in early July and the framework will then begin to go up. View the latest timelapse video below to see the progress!
Friday, June 16, 2017 - Continued Excavation & Pouring Concrete
The construction team continued excavation work and began pouring concrete for the foundation of the first half of the new building.
Friday, June 9, 2017 - MPA Support of Building Together
Good Afternoon Montcrest Community,
It was wonderful to see many of you at our concerts and iSTEAM gallery this week. I hope you have had a chance to see some of the exciting progress that we are making with the Building Together project. Concrete is now being poured, and by September you will see the frame of the new structure. We are grateful that so many of you have already pledged your support to this project, and many others are carefully considering a gift that is meaningful for their family.
We are very excited to share news that the Montcrest Parents’ Association has generously donated and pledged a total of $500,000 towards the Building Together Project. The funds will go towards the “MPA Atrium” – a space for students, staff, and parents to gather, socialize or use as a quiet space for reading and learning. This brings us to a total of $7.7 million committed of an approximately $10.2 million project cost. This is another great step forward and we are very grateful to have the support of the parent community for this truly transformative project.
The Montcrest Parents’ Association continues to enrich the lives of our students and strengthen our community. We are grateful for their leadership and support.
I wish you all a wonderful weekend.
Head of School
Friday, June 2, 2017 - Excavation
The construction team has now completed over half of the excavation for the footings and will be finished by early next week. Next week’s work will consist mainly of formwork and the pouring of concrete for the footings, foundation walls, and piers.
Friday, May 26, 2017 - Excavation & Route Change
Here is what happened this week:
- 90% of the interior demolition of 658 Broadview is complete.
- Structural walls have been eliminated and shoring is finished.
Here is what's happening next week:
- Excavation and clearing the site will start on Monday. On Wednesday they start to form and pour concrete for the footings.
- Due to the excavation, there will be an increase in construction vehicle traffic entering and exiting the site, we anticipate and expect this increase in traffic for the majority of the week.
- Senior students have started using their new route for entering and exiting 650 Broadview. This will be the route for the remainder of phase one (see diagram below).
Friday, May 19, 2017 - Excavation Preparation
It has been another busy week on campus with the building project. The construction zone was cleared of remaining debris from the demolition of La Cabane and the back of 658 Broadview. All intact bricks from 658 Broadview were saved to be reused during the new build.
Next week, the excavators will arrive to start removing the mulch and ripping up the old asphalt to prepare for excavation the week after. A surveyor will be on school grounds next week to set up the benchmarks and gridlines for Phase 1 of constructing the new building.
The fence contractor will also likely be in next week to install additional jersey barriers and hoarding as we will have to reroute student and staff traffic around the back of 650 Broadview, the Senior Building. The current blue fence pathway will be removed and blocked off. Mr. Borsten will communicate the new procedures to students and faculty when the route is ready.
The construction team has also installed 2 retractable belt barriers at each side of the front construction gates. We hope this visual barrier will help to alert students, staff and parents when deliveries will occur and as a reminder to keep this area clear of vehicles. Please remember that there are to be no cars parked in the roundabout outside of pick up and drop off times. There is also no parking on our side of Broadview Ave. in front of 650 and 658 Broadview Ave. This is to allow for the movement of construction vehicles and deliveries.
Thank you very much for your ongoing patience and support. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at email@example.com
Head of School
Friday, May 12, 2017 - Demolition
It has been another exciting week on campus with the building project. As you can see below, the Cabane was torn down. This was followed by the demolition of the back end of 658 Broadview Ave., the old Office Building, as well as the Facilities workshop. Extra protection was installed around this area and there will always be a spotter during demolition to ensure safety.
Next week, excavators will be coming in to start digging in preparation for the foundation.
Since construction is now in full swing, there will be no parking on the Broadview driveway. Pick up and drop off on Broadview will take place normally, but no cars can be parked in the roundabout. This is to allow for the movement of construction vehicles. There will also be no parking on our side of Broadview Ave. in front of 650 and 658 Broadview Ave.
Thank you very much for your ongoing patience and support. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
David Thompson, Head of School
Friday, April 28, 2017 - Au Revoir, La Cabane!
This week all students had an opportunity to leave their mark on La Cabane and say Au Revoir before the upcoming changes. Later today and over the weekend, we will begin installing the jersey barriers and the wood hoarding for the building project. The work will only get started after our regular, end-of-day pick-up is finished on Broadview Avenue. Eastern Construction and their crew are setting up their offices and will move on campus over the next week. We will then begin the demolition of our French 'Cabane' and the interior of the recently vacated 658 Broadview Avenue. As you know, much of our administrative staff have moved to 664 Broadview Avenue - be sure to drop in for a visit.
If you have any questions regarding building project logistics, please contact Jeff Borsten (email@example.com).
Thank you very much for your ongoing patience and support. We are very excited to begin this transformative project, and we look forward to seeing many of you at next week's Fiesta!
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - NOAC & Project Update
I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you exciting developments with our Building Together project.
We have been working with the city to secure all necessary permits for the Building Together project. Over a year ago, Montcrest submitted a preliminary project review application. We are pleased to announce the school has received site plan approval through the issuance of the Notice of Approval Conditions (NOAC). We anticipate that the full building permit will be issued shortly.
Over the past two and a half months, working with Montgomery Sisam Architects and Eastern Construction, we have put the construction project out to tender. This included items such as structural steel, structural wood framing, mechanical, electrical and concrete. When we received the tender bids, they were, in many cases, substantially over our estimated costs, which were based on 95 per cent drawings. These costs came in higher due to the complexity of the building project and the fact that the federal government infrastructure projects were also released at this time, making our project appear as a much smaller initiative.
Despite these challenges, Eastern Construction has worked particularly hard to bring costs more in line with our original budget of $9 million. We have also increased our contingency in the project budget. As a result of these factors, the project is now budgeted at approximately $10.2 million.
To date, the school has received $7.2 million in commitments and cash. We are very grateful to everyone who has already contributed to the project. We have built tremendous momentum and we would hope that you would help us continue this progress. If you’d like to meet with me, I’d be delighted to share our vision with you. Please support this transformative project for our students.
With the increased construction costs, Montcrest’s Board of Governors, through the Property, Finance and Risk Committees, have carefully reviewed our capacity to financially manage a project of this size and are comfortable with the school’s ability to move forward. In the coming months, we will continue our efforts to raise the funds to build this transformative project. Part of this will be the MPA’s exciting and fun Cinco de Mayo Fiesta which will be held on May 5th. All proceeds from this event will go to the Building Together project. Thank you very much to Andy Cleghorn and Kirsten Cooney, Fiesta Co-chairs, and their team of volunteers for all of their efforts to make this a special evening.
Today, Eastern Construction is setting up their offices in 658 Broadview Ave, previously the office building. They will be conducting site service investigations for the next two weeks. Barriers and hoarding will be erected during the weekend of April 29th. Once erected, demolition of the Cabane and interior of 658 Broadview will commence.
In celebration of this next phase, we have a fun activity planned for Wednesday, April 24th, of which more details will be shared soon. Over the coming weeks, more information will also be provided to parents and students about the changes on campus and French class locations.
Thank you very much for your ongoing support. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out directly to me or to our project email: firstname.lastname@example.org
David Thompson, Head of School
Friday, March 10, 2017 - Moving out of the Office Building
After March Break the Office Building (658 Broadview Ave.) will no longer be in use.
In preparation for the first phase of the Building Together project, all staff will be moved out of the office building, 658 Broadview Ave., during March Break.
After March Break (March 28th):
- Regular drop off and pick up will continue on Broadview Avenue from 8:00-9:00 a.m. and from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Please check in through Barb's new office in 660 Broadview Avenue (Hubbard House).
- During the school day from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., pick up and drop off will only take place at 4 Montcrest Blvd. (Livingston House). This includes students leaving for appointments, illness etc. This will ensure students remain safe while there is construction traffic on the Broadview driveway.
- The Tuck Shop will remain closed until March 31st. The Tuck Shop will re-open on Monday, April 3rd in the Aftercare room, in the basement of 4 Montcrest Blvd. Tuck Shop hours will remain the same.
- Barb Moore will move in to Mr. Borsten's office in 660 Broadview Ave.
- Mr. Borsten's office is now located in the lower level of the Senior building, 650 Broadview Ave.
- The following staff members will be located in 664 Broadview Ave.:
- Mr. Thompson
- Maggie Zegas-Tepper
- The Advancement Offices - Mr. Dilworth, Ms. Gray, Ms. Dalley and Ms. Bax
- The Finance Offices – Ms. Waisberg, Ms. Bissada, and Ms. Yardley
- Michèle Andrews
- The planters along the Broadview driveway will have been removed to allow for the movement of trucks during construction.
- Mr. Blakey will be working on his research project from home.
Thank you for your support and patience during this exciting time of transformation for Montcrest.
Email email@example.com with any questions regarding the building project.
Friday, February 24, 2017 - Progress Update
All phases of this project have been thoughtfully planned to ensure students are able to safely navigate the campus and that the project creates minimal disruption. The safety and learning experience of our students will remain our primary concern.
The first tenders were sent out January 20th and have continued until mid-February. This short timeframe will help us more closely monitor costs. We hope to have all responses back from tenders by the return of March Break.
The Building Together campaign is well underway, and we are very grateful for the strong support our community has provided. Through financial commitments to the school from generous donors we have reached just over $7 million.
Phase 1: All office staff and the Tuck Shop will be moved out of 658 Broadview Ave.
Rawlinson Moving & Storage Ltd. has been selected as the company to assist with the move.
Starting March 2, all staff in 658 Broadview (main office building) will be packing up. Their move to 664 Broadview will occur over March Break.
The Tuck Shop will be moved from 658 Broadview Ave to the basement of 4 Montcrest Blvd., currently the Aftercare room. This space will be shared during the building project. The Tuck Shop will be closed from Monday March 6th until Friday March 31st.
Aftercare will continue to use the front desk at 4 Montcrest Blvd. for pick up and will continue to have access to Danson House spaces such as the Learning Commons and drama studio.
Barb Moore will move in to Mr. Borsten's office in 660 Broadview Ave.
Mr. Borsten's office will move down one floor to the lower level of 660 Broadview.
After March Break:
Regular drop off and pick up will continue on Broadview Avenue from 8:00-9:00 a.m. and from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Please check in through Barb's new office in 660 Broadview Avenue (Hubbard House).
During the school day from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., pick up and drop off will only take place at 4 Montcrest Blvd. (Livingston House). This will ensure students remain safe while there is construction traffic on the Broadview driveway.
The Tuck Shop will be located in the basement of 4 Montcrest Blvd. in the Aftercare room after April 3rd.
You will notice the planters in the Broadview driveway will have been removed to allow for the movement of trucks during construction.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions regarding the building project.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - Progress Update
Over the last few months we have made some very exciting progress on the Building Together project. Through financial commitments to the school from generous donors we have reached $6.4 million of our $9 million goal!
We continue to work through the approval process with the city and anticipate receiving our Notice of Conditions by the end of December. We then expect to receive the building permit by the middle of January. We will begin tendering in the first weeks of January and will proceed to award contracts.
Throughout the project, the safety and learning experience of our students will remain our primary concern. Montcrest School, our Board of Governors, and construction company have developed a detailed plan to ensure students are able to safely navigate the campus and that the project creates minimal disruption. More communications will follow in the New Year.
We have begun to interview movers who will move all staff located in 658 Broadview Ave. (the office building) into 664 Broadview Ave. over March Break. After March Break, normal pick up and drop off will still occur. However, students who arrive late or are picked up early will go through Hubbard House, 660 Broadview Ave., where Barb will be located. Further logistical details will be shared closer to this time.
In the second phase of the project, hoarding will go up around 658 Broadview Ave. We anticipate this will occur in early May. To learn more about the phasing of the Building Together project, please visit our visual timeline here.
Any questions or concerns about the Building Together project can be emailed to email@example.com
Friday, October 28, 2016 - Project passes City of Toronto Committee of Adjustments
This month, the Building Together project gained approval from the Committee of Adjustments! Next week our consultants will be meeting with representatives of the city to discuss the building permit and site plan approval. We know that we have a few minor adjustments to make to secure our building permit and site plan approval, and we anticipate that we will have dealt with those soon. Once we have received all city planning approvals we will move toward tendering.