Third Floor Addition
Brett S. hired Par-Tek to design and build a third story addition to their Heritage home in downtown Toronto in the winter of 2012. This was one of the most challenging projects we have undertaken in years, from many points of view and across all of the major disciplines. The heritage designation forced many design limitations, such as no visual changes to the building envelope as seen from the building front. Par-Tek won a precedent at the Committee of Adjustment hearing in regards to the cantilevered portion being closer to the south neighbor’s fence than the two existing lower floors. The old balloon framing system created constant structural issues, requiring many complex engineered solutions in the early stages. The building site was extremely tight; the staging of work and materials was a constant challenge.
Construction began in December, and continued through a cold, snowy winter until April, 2013. One of the many winter challenges was freeing the scissor lift (our mobile elevator for men and material) from the ice and snow. Everyone at Par-Tek was very glad to see this project completed, and felt that we met the very many challenges head on.