The CN Tower welcomes over 1.5 million visitors a year. It is one of the most iconic buildings in the world, and at a total height of 553.33m, it is the defining structure of the Toronto skyline. When Priestly Demolition Inc. was contracted by PCL in 2017 to demolish the interior of the lookout level, we knew getting it right was hugely important to the people of the city.
The location, complexity, iconic nature of the structure, and its elevation caused many new and complicated challenges for us. Access to the loading dock was restricted to after-hours due to the heavy traffic of downtown Toronto. Further, the CN Tower is a popular public landmark, and therefore a potential target for attack, and it is also a working communications tower. This meant security was extremely tight and all delivery drivers, workers, and subs had to be cleared before being allowed onto the premises. Every task and delivery had to be planned and scheduled weeks in advance to allow for the Tower security to prepare themselves. With all the challenges and roadblocks we faced, thanks to a great team PDI managed to complete the entire scope (including all the extras that were thrown at us in short notice) on time, and within our allotted budget – all while maintaining public access to this iconic site.