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Quick 5 with Aidan Ball

This month we had the pleasure of sitting down with Aidan Ball, Director of Construction for MOD Developments. Aidan is responsible for overseeing the construction process for the Massey Tower. His excitement for the project was on full display throughout the interview. It’s inspiring to see someone with such passion for quality design and innovation leading the project. Aidan graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Engineering. He has over 8 years of experience managing the construction of condominiums. Aidan’s list of responsibilities at The Massey Tower is quite extensive. From managing the budgets and schedules, to overseeing construction and City approvals, he is charged with the task of ensuring all aspects of construction are coordinated and synchronized. FAVOURITE PART OF MASSEY TOWER? I actually have a few favourite parts of the Massey Tower: First, the integration of the heritage Bank of Commerce and the restoration of both the millwork and mosaic floor. Second, is the innovation of the fully automated parking system. And third, are the complexities of building such a large project on such a small footprint in downtown Toronto. FAVOURITE MASSEY HALL MOMENT: Unfortunately, I have not yet experienced a show at Massey Hall, but it’s [...]

Restored glory on the way for Massey Hall: Hume

CHRISTOPHER HUME – TORONTO STAR Fortunately for Massey Hall, people don’t love buildings just because they’re beautiful. Though its handsome red-brick façade was long ago disfigured by fire escapes and acid rain, the Shuter St. venue could well be Toronto’s most beloved structure. There’s no way to prove this, but it seems everyone has his own personal relationship with the venerable music hall. For many, it came back in the days when every second school orchestra ended up playing there during the Kiwanis Festival. Now the 120-year-old concert venue will be refurbished, remade and reconnected with the city it has served forever. Contributions from all three levels of government and several private foundations mean work can finally begin. As Massey Hall CEO Charlie Cutts explains, the intention is to “Improve everything and change nothing.” The irony — if that’s the right word — is that the hall itself remains the finest in Toronto. No other place comes close in terms of acoustics, aural warmth and a sense of intimacy that leaves audiences feeling they are part of the performance. New halls have much to offer — Roy Thomson is a landmark, the Four Seasons Performing Arts Centre has the best [...]