158 Sterling Road (Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto), Toronto


158 Sterling Road (Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto), Toronto

Multiplex was contracted to provide pre-construction and construction management services under a Construction Management at Risk contract for the high-end commercial specification fit out and renovation of a high-rise heritage building located at 158 Sterling Road in Toronto. The 10-storey tower required fit out of all 10 floors, with the first five floors requiring a unique and specialized fit out program, including all new customized mechanical and electrical systems, in order to create the bespoke environment needed to house the priceless works of the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto. The remaining five floors of the building include a commercial base build, with a shell and core finish, in order to house modern office spaces. 158 Sterling Road is 118,000 sq. ft. and is a central piece to Castlepoint Greybrook’s revitalization project to transform the existing eight-acre dilapidated industrial park into a mixed-use community containing vibrant, inclusive and innovative residential, commercial and retail spaces.

The heritage building dates back to 1919 when it was tallest building in Canada, and one of the first buildings in Canada to house an elevator. The project has been restored and preserved, with the scope of the project calling for exterior envelope updates, hazardous materials (asbestos and lead) abatement, installation of new mechanical and electrical systems and a new and fully bespoke vertical transportation system.

Multiplex has been involved in the project from the pre-construction phase, providing full support during design development, budget preparation and value engineering. With the challenges involved in heritage building construction, Multiplex’s values of collaboration, innovation and excellence were put to use in order to develop the unique solutions needed for this specialized fit out. One such example would be the challenge encountered with the building’s existing elevator shaft, the dimensions of which were too small for the lift options available from elevator contractors. To overcome this challenge, Multiplex sought out and appointed a specialist contractor to build a bespoke vertical transportation cab. Through collaboration with the client and our supply chain, we were able to come up with an innovative solution to this key project challenge and keep the project on the path to excellence.

This project was completed December 2018.

  • 118,000 sq. ft.
  • Bespoke and specialized fit out for MOCA space
  • Restoration and preservation of heritage building built in 1919
  • New and fully bespoke vertical transportation system