[Unfortunately, not this kind of Marble Madness]
A number of ERAers got together to do a group order of reclaimed Carrara marble from First Canadian Place. All 45,000 2′ x 4′ marble panels are currently being removed from the tower, and will soon be replaced by larger glass panels. A slick animation of the process is available here. The reclaimed marble is available for public purchase, with a minimum order of 30 pieces.
We look forward to seeing what everyone does with their new/old marble; expect coffee tables and counter-tops galore. Hopefully Toronto is soon awash in re-used Carrara marble. A few words of warning for anyone else looking to get in on the fun: the batch delivery process was convoluted and involved many delays, the individual slabs were a real challenge to move once delivered (each weighing +200lbs, depending upon varying thicknesses), and the chipped, soiled, and broken condition of many of the slabs limit their re-use potential – though with a bit of effort it’s a unique opportunity to get to work with high-grade locally-sourced recycled material at an extreme bargain price.