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CENTRAL CONDOMINIUMS : TORONTO MODEL

Modern Ottawa Central Condominium
There are several types of floor plans available in the Central 1 building. One of the smallest ones is a 478-square-foot-one-bedroom-unit called the Toronto, one of the models I will be following throughout the construction process. There are six units of that kind in the building
Modern Ottawa Central Condominium
The Toronto unit faces North. It is slightly recessed and nestled between two other types of unit. As a result, this unit receives a bit less natural light compared to other units with a similar orientation. It will be interesting to see how different finishes affect the overall look and feel of this space.

Modern Ottawa Central Condominium construction process
Temporary wooden railings are installed while waiting for the concrete to cure. There are also temporary posts (shown in yellow) supporting the slab above. During that time, framers trace the location of the future partition walls on the floor (shown in red).

Modern Ottawa Central Condominium construction process
After a certain time, the windows are ready to be installed. In this case, the window frames were installed without the glass and the glass was installed after. You can see above the frames for the unit leaning on the wall on the left and the installed windows on the right. In each unit, a copy of the floor plan as well as the schedule of finishes is taped to the windows.

Modern Ottawa Central Condominium construction process
Here's the overall view of the installed windows in one of the units. There are openings on either side of the wall: one for the bedroom on the left and one for the living area on the right.

Modern Ottawa Central Condominium construction process
The view is rather nice on a sunny day.

Modern Ottawa Central Condominium construction process
The unit is taking shape. At first there's an opening between the Toronto and another unit that needs to be closed in. Since both units share a wall, this wall will have to be fire rated. Along with any wall between a unit and a common area, this wall is the first to be installed in the building. They are called demising walls. By code, they have to be inspected before being closed in.

Modern Ottawa Central Condominium construction process
Typically, one side will be built first so that an inspector can make sure they are built to code. Once the installation has been approved, the wall can be closed on the other side. This is to ensure that the building code is respected regarding the smoke and fire rating of the walls as well as sound insulation from one unit to the other. Following the approval from the inspector, the wall is closed in as shown above. At this point a heat recovery unit (HRV), the beige box above on the ceiling, is installed. In this case, the HRV unit is located in the ceiling above the future bathroom. This unit enables users to save energy.

Modern Ottawa Central Condominium construction process

This is a similar view after the metal studs have been installed to form the bedroom and the closet that will house a stacked washer and dryer.

Modern Ottawa Central Condominium construction process
After that comes the rough-ins, shown above. At this point all the outlets and switches are installed, as well as the main ventilation ducts, plumbing pipes, valves, etc.

Modern Ottawa Central Condominium construction process
This is a view of the entry wall with basic framing on the left and the installed demising wall. This wall separates the unit from the corridor. The concrete portion is adjacent to the building's stairs. Only the small opening requires the demising wall which consists of four layers of drywall (2 on each side of the metal studs), insulation, fire rated tape and caulking.

Modern Ottawa Central Condominium construction process

Here's a view of the wall behind the future kitchen before the installation of the partition walls.

Modern Ottawa Central Condominium construction process
Once the metal studs are installed, you can see the space taking shape. On the left side you can see the wall that will surround the fridge and hide the closet from the living area. You can also see how the kitchen will fit in the space and a portion of the wall in the dining area.

Modern Ottawa Central Condominium construction process
After the framing is done, the electrical, mechanical and plumbing crews install their rough-ins for the ventilation, heating, cooling, water services and electrical outlets. The red flexible pipes are for the hot water and the white ones are for the cold water. The pipes in the middle of the image will be for the kitchen sink. The one on the right will be for the washer.

Next on the schedule is the installation of the bulkheads and the drywall. This will make a big difference in the look of the space. The gypsum boards are already in some of the units and should be installed soon.

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