Toronto, July 4, 2017 – Cadillac Fairview and TD Bank Group are proud to mark the Toronto-Dominion Centre’s 50th anniversary with the opening of a commemorative exhibition that highlights the iconic landmark’s profound significance and legacy. Running through the end of August, the immersive installation in the foyer of 66 Wellington St. West features a large-scale digital display and other visual elements exploring the TD Centre’s ground-breaking vision, evolution and ongoing impact on the city and its business community. Outside in the public plaza, a grand “50” sculpture has been erected as a focal point of the milestone celebration.
“It is wholly fitting that TD Centre’s anniversary coincides with Canada’s 150th birthday,” said David Hoffman, TD Centre General Manager. “TD Centre is a true Canadian success story that begins with a unique founding partnership between two preeminent Canadian business leaders – TD Bank and Cadillac Fairview – which has flourished over five decades.”
In 1967, the TD Bank Tower’s opening forever redefined Toronto’s skyline and ushered in a new direction for a city ready for change. It introduced the modern workplace to Canada and sparked Toronto’s transformation into one of the world’s leading international business centres. With the completion of the banking pavilion and five additional towers from 1969 to 1995, the TD Centre led the development of the Financial District as we know it today. The complex’s impact has even been felt below street level, where its underground concourse was the beginning of Toronto’s sprawling PATH pedestrian network.
"The TD Centre was a catalyst for epic growth in Toronto that's still unfolding today," said Scott Hite, Head of Architecture and Design, TD Bank Group. "I'm proud to celebrate TD's partnership with Cadillac Fairview through this commemorative exhibit and to share the story that began 50 years ago."
The final major work of luminary modernist architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, TD Centre set a new standard for architecture and design excellence, which lives on through faithful and meticulous stewardship. The property is currently undergoing a massive $200 million renewal initiative, which has been carefully planned to ensure every detail stays true to Mies’ original design intent.
With more than 4.3 million square feet of space, the TD Centre has held its place as the largest business complex in the country and it hasn’t stopped reaching for new heights. Driven by an unwavering commitment to innovation, TD Centre continues to be recognized for its ongoing leadership in building operations and management, occupant engagement, health and wellness and sustainability.
In 2015, all six towers were recognized among the greenest buildings in the world by achieving LEED Platinum certification. Earlier this year, TD Centre’s 222 Bay St. tower became the first existing building in North America to achieve Gold-level WELL Building Standard certification. And, only last week, TD Centre was honoured on the world stage with BOMA International’s The Outstanding Building of the Year Award.
“TD Centre’s sustained leadership and success would not be possible without the active support of our tenants and the more than 20,000 people that come to work here each day,” said Mr. Hoffman. “We have more plans over the coming year to thank our tenants and celebrate this historic anniversary together.”
About Toronto-Dominion Centre
Toronto-Dominion Centre is one of North America's largest business communities and home to 21,000 office employees. Due to its visionary design, unequaled size, and central location, this cultural landmark has played a significant role in the success of a generation of Canada's most innovative and extraordinary business leaders. The TD Centre consists of six buildings: 66 Wellington Street West, 77 King Street West, 100 Wellington Street West, 79 Wellington Street West, 222 Bay Street and 95 Wellington Street West.
About Cadillac Fairview
Cadillac Fairview is one of the largest owners, operators and developers of best-in-class office, retail and mixed-use properties in North America. The Cadillac Fairview portfolio is owned by the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, a diversified global investor which administers the pensions of more than 300,000 active and retired school teachers. The real estate portfolio also includes investments in retail, mixed-use and industrial real estate in Brazil, Colombia and Mexico.
Valued at more than $28 Billion, the Canadian portfolio includes over 38 million square feet of leasable space at 67 properties in Canada, including landmark developments, such as Toronto-Dominion Centre, CF Toronto Eaton Centre, CF Pacific Centre, CF Chinook Centre Deloitte Tower and CF Carrefour Laval.
For further information, please contact:
Michael O’Shaughnessy, Hill+Knowlton Strategies
Tel: (416) 413-4732
Anna Ng, Cadillac Fairview
Tel: (416) 598-8246