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Ed007Toronto

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The existing brick building is the telecom hotel. A lot of work doing that. Just reclad it.
 
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scarberiankhatru

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OK, it'll mostly be a telecom hotel, so there won't be many windows, just mostly metal panels? Is the "blue" in the rendering windows?
 
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AlvinofDiaspar

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The telecom hotel is located on the lower floor of the project - the tower portion is office only.

AoD
 
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dashingdan

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I'm really digging the design. Looks very modern. Or is it post-modern? Regardless. I like it. It looks very Star Trek-ish to me, which is a good thing. I hope it gets built.
 
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AlvinofDiaspar

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From the Post:

New 'Carrier hotel' planned for Front St.
Proposed tower would house city's electronic nervous system
Greg Macdonald, National Post
Published: Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Toronto and East York community council yesterday approved a 36-storey telecommunications centre to be built on Front Street West.

The building, called a carrier hotel, will be the city's electronic nervous system, where several companies will house their networks side-by-side -- basically a giant server room with the capacity to connect Torontonians to various networks.

The proposed tower will replace the current carrier hotel at 151 Front St. W., which "is home to more than 150 telecommunications companies and is one of North America's most connected buildings," according to a company Web site.

The new centre will be more than five times taller than the existing structure and will have "the power to connect half a country," Peter Doering, vice-president of developers Northam Realty Advisors, told council yesterday.

It will also have a number of offices available for rent.

"This building will secure and sustain telecommunication capacity downtown," said Councillor Adam Vaughan.

The project will also create new jobs, and the neighbourhood will see improvements such as better sidewalks, he said.

Architectural drawings submitted to council show a thin, opaque tower facing north on the south side of Front Street.

Building schematics showcased various connections to the area's underground PATH system, as well as a publicly accessible route through the building that will connect the Skywalk to Front Street.

"This is an adventurous building," Mr. Vaughan said.

After negotiations with the city, the developers agreed to make the building as environmentally friendly as possible, with natural heating and cooling systems and an option for a "green roof."

Northam will also contribute $1.5-million for ''community development.'' Some councillors voiced their opposition to how the contribution was being allocated. An estimated $150,000 will go to affordable housing in Ward 20, but the nearest neighbourhood with that type of program is more than a mile away, said Councillor Kyle Rae.

Mr. Vaughan replied that the immediate area will receive the majority of the money while neighbourhoods that really need it get very little.

"From what I've seen of [such funding], the more affluent areas of my ward are benefitting while two blocks away the don't have locks on their doors," he said.

The development, which still needs to be approved by city council, would be complete by 2010.

© National Post 2007
 
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Sir Novelty Fashion

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Good grief. I don't spend much time worrying about security concerns, but doesn't this kind of have a big red target painted on it?
 
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3Dementia

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Updated render.



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The Burgher of TO

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Not really. Anything that's really important is going to have all sorts of redundancies and off-site backups. Banks and the government have their own exclusive data centres (offhand I know RBC has one in Mississauga, and BMO's is in Barrie), so at the worst maybe a few small dotcoms might lose some business.
 
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mark simpson

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offhand I know RBC has one in Mississauga, and BMO's is in Barrie

those are most likely backups for their downtown data centres (BMO is on St Patrick and RBC is beside Matrix)
 
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andreapalladio

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It would be a tricky bit of flying to get something in there to hit it from the north.
 
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building babel

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Don't the Yanks have smart bombs that can weave around all over the place?
 
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spmarshall

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The CBC is right across the street. Shouldn't it be the Chicken Cannon target?
 
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p5archit

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That is why it should have a massive hole in the middle, just for such purposes- missile comes and flies right through and into waterpark city, killing 600 people....ahh..maybe not such a good idea..

On another note, I still don't get the skywalk issue? Are they removing it? Adding new access? Will you be able to connect from Front now?

p5
 
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3Dementia

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^ Just temporarily during construction, then re-instated.

Hmmm... the hole in the centre is a good idea... I'll contact the Archie-techs.
 

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