Pandora Street

A tiny FAQ

Q: What percentage of the new gym will be leadable?

A: 100%

Interior Dreaming

Building a scale model to tune the interior space.

Who is that little guy with the beard anyway?

Roof Truss!

Thanks to Walter Moar we have a picture with the roof trusses on.  Mezzanine on the left side is starting to reveal itself. Studio at front left.

Walter Moar

Walter Moar

Steel Arrives

The interlocking web of steel girders and posts and trusses has begun to be lifted into place.  Next week comes the roof decking.

Three Sided Box

The first three sides of the building are up, and now the steel work begins. The front of the building is mainly glass, with three more panels framing the glass curtain wall.  

The steel guys will be welding attachment brackets to imbedded mounting plates and then the roof trusses will be craned in and welded in place. After that, the roofing guys show up.

Thanks to Walter Moar for the picture.

Thanks to Walter Moar for the picture.

Walls are up!

Take a look at this overhead time-lapse of our panels being moved into position.

Pre-Cast Panel Walls

Panel Marking.JPG

They said the panels were to big, they said they were too heavy, they said it couldn't be done. Turns out Nanaimo Precast is getting it done. Turns out the impossible just takes a little longer.


The old is gone and now we're starting to get things into place.

Below street level doorway.

Below street level doorway.

Demolition revealed brick archways, leading to a small area under the street where electrical and other services now run. If you want to waste a lot of time, you can start googling Victoria's underground tunnel network. There's a mega thread here, but you have to wade through a fair bit of side tracked discussions.

Concrete going in really makes it feel real. 

First Things First

We held a kick-off meeting on December 17th with all the trades involved in building the new Crag X. After introductions, Stewart Story of Story Construction (our General Contractor) went over timelines, organization and execution of our plan.  Meeting adjourned and then off to plan the first day of work - bringing down the existing building.

Working on our project is a fine team of professionals. In no real order they are:

The kick-off meeting.

The kick-off meeting.

  • Story Construction - General Contractor
  • Chandler Associates Architecture - Architect
  • Londong Mah Asociates - Structural Engineering
  • Avalon Mechanical - Mechanical Engineering
  • Magma Electrical - Electrical Engineering
  • Ryzuk Geotech - Geotechnical Engineering
  • Focus Engineering - Civil Engineering
  • Michell Excavating - Civil Contractor
  • Nanaimo Precast - Precast 
  • Alliance Engineering Works - Structural Steel Contractor
  • Oceanview Mechanical - HVAC/Mechanical Contractor
  • Brewis Electric - Electrical Contractor
  •  Pino-Lite Glass - Glazing
  • Parker Johnson Roofing - Roofing Contractor
  • Gordon N Gordon - Interior Contractor


We've Begun!

After a long time and a lot of work we are finally able to announce the start of our move to Pandora Street!

At 11am on December 12, 2014 we signed the construction contract for our new building. Work at the site should begin this week and we expect to be open for climbing early summer 2015.


We will be updating you on our progress as we go on this blog, so check back for posts, photos and more.

The climbing community in Victoria is great, and we can't wait to have you all climbing in our new gym. Drew can't wait either!

Thanks for all of your support over the last twenty years,

Nikolai and Kenneth