Glass breaks at ‘cruise ship’ condo

De­vel­oper has been sued for spon­ta­neous break­age be­fore

Bayview Post - - News -

A few months ago, Stephanie Fusco was in­side her condo when she heard a large crash from out­side. When she opened her bal­cony door, she found, as she de­scribed it, “tons of glass on the bal­cony.”

“I would say, three or four hand­fuls,” added Fusco.

So af­ter, she was sent a news­let­ter on Sept. 8 from the condo board warn­ing of an “un­usu­ally high num­ber of bal­cony glass break­age” and pro­hibit­ing chil­dren from go­ing out on their bal­conies. She was ruf­fled enough to post the let­ter on her Twit­ter ac­count.

“It’s def­i­nitely un­nerv­ing when­ever glass is fall­ing, es­pe­cially in a res­i­den­tial area,” she said.

Fusco and her hus­band live at the Arc Con­dos, on Bayview Av­enue and Shep­pard Av­enue East, a 15-storey build­ing that is known for its cruise ship–like de­sign. She has no­ticed a num­ber of bal­conies boarded up with ply­wood around her build­ing, vis­i­ble from the street and the nearby Bayview Vil­lage shop­ping cen­tre.

The de­vel­oper, The Daniels Cor­po­ra­tion, came un­der fire af­ter glass pan­elling fell from its Festival Tower, the 41-storey condo lo­cated at 80 John St. above TIFF Bell Light­box, be­tween May 2010 and Au­gust of 2011. This re­sulted in a $20 mil­lion class ac­tion law­suit against the de­vel­oper, which was ap­proved for trial in 2013.

An On­tario Min­istry of Hous­ing re­port from 2015 on glass bal­conies stated that there were about 30 in­ci­dents of glass guard break­age be­tween 2010 and 2011 on 11 build­ings in Toronto.

Ac­cord­ing to Dale D. Kerr, an en­gi­neer with GRG Build­ing Con­sul­tants, glass break­age is more likely to oc­cur in newer con­dos, due SHEP­PARD AVE. E. HIGH­WAY 401 to nickel sul­fide in­clu­sions in tem­pered glass, which are small con­tam­i­na­tions in glass that can ex­pand over time and cre­ate stresses in the glass.

When plain tem­pered glass breaks, it falls down in small chunks from the size of a pen­cil eraser to that of a dime.

“Prob­a­bly the worst that should hap­pen is, if some­body hap­pens to be right there and gets hit by lit­tle pieces of glass fall­ing, they might get cut,” said Kerr. “But they’re not likely to get killed.”

As a se­cu­rity mea­sure, many condo build­ings keep land­scaped ar­eas un­der­neath their bal­conies, and spe­cific re­quire­ments pro­hibit the use of plain tem­pered glass 150 mil­lime­tres from the edge of the bal­cony, to con­tain any bro­ken glass on the bal­cony slab.

The Arc Con­dos and Daniels Corp could not be reached for com­ment.

The Arc Con­dos at Bayview Av­enue and Shep­pard Av­enue East by The Daniels Cor­po­ra­tion

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