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KESKUS construction update

Update #152

Deep foundation work continues on the KESKUS site

KESKUS International Estonian Centre will have as its municipal address 9 Madison Avenue, and is strategically located near the subway interchange station where the two main lines meet, in downtown Toronto. Building over two sets of subway tunnels requires a different construction plan and approach, with deep foundation work undertaken before shoring and excavation.

Deep foundation construction resumed at the KESKUS site now that the various trades have settled their contract negotiations. The drilling of the soldier piles, micropiles and caissons requires considerable coordination with testing of the structural integrity of the piles undertaken throughout the process.

With limited ability to apply weight on the TTC subway tunnels that run underneath the site, the machines take turns as well. To cite this week's Annex Residents' Association newsletter on the matter: "We knew that building on top of a subway line would bring its unique challenges – but having to schedule and deploy your vehicles according to their tonnage? Tricky."

This continues Phase I of construction as discussed at the community engagement session on March 24, 2022, watch it here, or read a summary here, eesti keeles siin.

KESKUS International Estonian Centre in downtown Toronto will be a dynamic hub showcasing our rich heritage and promoting Estonian innovation. It will be a vibrant gathering place for Estonians of all generations and backgrounds to connect, celebrate, and share our culture and achievements with each other and the world.


KESKUS valued donors make a critical difference!

Please join our growing list of capital campaign donors. The KESKUS International Estonian Centre’s donor categories are Kalevipoja laud for gifts over $100,000 (including naming rights for specific areas), Koidula gild, which is from $50,000-99,999, Viru vanemad for gifts of $10,000-$49,999, and Kungla rahvas for gifts up to $10,000. KESKUS leadership donors are listed here.

To make a donation, please call +1.647.250.7136 or email Donations may be made as a family gift, or in honour of an individual or family. All donations are issued a tax receipt.

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