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Old Posted Oct 18, 2012, 2:43 PM
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Semantics aside, the first footings were poured in the last few days.
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Old Posted Oct 18, 2012, 3:11 PM
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Yea the first of the cranes should be going in soon! How many cranes will this whole project have? 4?
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Facing south towards Kingston hotel. Still excavating.


Facing west, looking at former Whitespot site.



Facing east, looking at intersection of Georgia St and Richards St. You can see pit dug likely for office tower base, but they haven't started rebar or poured it.


Close-up facing east, you can see they poured a small footing for the wall and the rebar that extends upward from the footing.

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Old Posted Oct 18, 2012, 9:57 PM
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Why is the concept of construction so difficult to grasp? Construction is the act of creation, of putting material into place. Dismantling a structure and digging a hole is the act of destruction, of removing material, i.e., the very opposite of construction.

Until a part of the new building is put into place (e.g. the foundation), the building logically cannot be under construction.

It's really quite simple.
Unfortunately, the definition varies across the site. In the Edmonton forum for example, if excavation is underway for the construction of the foundation, it is considered under construction. There might be a good discussion to be had in a more general forum (B&A, Engineering) about this issue.
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Old Posted Oct 20, 2012, 5:42 PM
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Looking west from Richards St at former Whitespot location @ Georgia and Seymour.


Some excavation now complete on the residential site, Richards at Robson.


Nice view for Kingston hotel guests of the residential site.

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Old Posted Oct 29, 2012, 4:29 PM
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First crane went up on the weekend.
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First crane went up on the weekend.
Thanks. I'll change the status to under construction in city compilation thread.
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Old Posted Oct 30, 2012, 12:11 AM
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That's one small crane (for now). I can barely see it from our apartment.
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Old Posted Oct 31, 2012, 2:41 AM
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Some exciting crane action!



The pit where they will make the massive concrete and rebar base to the office tower is taking shape.

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Old Posted Oct 31, 2012, 2:50 AM
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Wow, this hole looks even deeper than Turn's! I need to pay a visit to this site to check it our myself. Thanks for photos!
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The 2nd crane was erected yesterday near the Georgia/Seymour corner.
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Old Posted Nov 26, 2012, 7:55 PM
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2nd crane:


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cool pic, thanks.
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Old Posted Nov 26, 2012, 11:07 PM
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I walked by today and it is SO noisy there at the moment. I am surprised Hotel Kingston's reviews are not that bad, although everyone does mention the construction going on. Must be hellish to stay there right now!

It is so stupid they didn't buy the whole property and re-build the whole block.
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What makes you think they didn't try to buy it but that the owners weren't interested? It would've made the project a lot easier to construct.
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Old Posted Nov 27, 2012, 4:42 AM
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I am sure they did try, but I guess they just didn't go for an offer impossible to resist.
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Old Posted Nov 27, 2012, 5:17 AM
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I am sure they did try, but I guess they just didn't go for an offer impossible to resist.
Kingston Hotel owner speaks about buy-out offers in this Canada.com news article

...O'Hagan, who's been running the 52-room hotel for 20 years and whose son, Sean, 29, works the desk, said he's had calls from a number of real-estate agents.

"You never know who they're working for," [owner Fred O'Hagan] said. "They would say they were interested and we would say, OK, bring us an offer. But we've never had a formal offer from Telus. Nobody ever made me an offer."

Asked if he would sell now, "It's all hypothetical. I think it's too late now."

He pointed out he supported Telus at a city meeting and noted the contractors have been accommodating.

"Our neon sign is almost historic and they [workers] accidentally broke a couple of the bulbs and they said they'd fix them," he said...
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Old Posted Nov 27, 2012, 5:22 AM
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Kingston Hotel owner speaks about buy-out offers in this Canada.com news article

"But we've never had a formal offer from Telus. Nobody ever made me an offer."
I don't know, it sounds hard to believe.

I'm thinking it probably went down something like this ...

http://www.3news.co.nz/Chinas-growin...6/Default.aspx
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Old Posted Nov 28, 2012, 5:37 AM
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Telus Office Tower. Kingston Hotel north wall on left.





Looking at former Whitespot site. Previously mentioned newly added second crane is visible.




Telus residential tower on south side of Kingston Hotel.



Telus residential tower on south side of Kingston Hotel.

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Old Posted Nov 28, 2012, 6:48 AM
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Thanks for the updates.

It looks like they are motoring full steam ahead, at least on the office tower portion.
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