The CN Tower stands tall in the Financial District, a bustling commercial and financial district in downtown Toronto, Ontario. Considered the tallest man-made construction in the world, it offers an unobstructed view of the downtown skyline. It was constructed in 1976, on the former Railway Lands. Its original name was "CN" standing for Canadian National, the then railway company which constructed the tower. Today, the name has been changed to Financial Exchange Tower.
The CN Tower has become a much-beloved tourist site for locals and tourists alike. It is considered one of the best examples of modernist building in all of North America. Built at a height of 5 miles and with an observation deck that top to an incredible seven stories, it is considered as one of the tallest buildings in all of the world. One of the most distinctive features of this tower is its use of the double-glass observation deck. Each floor of the CN Tower has two glass floors with elevator banks on each floor.
While the CN Tower is commonly regarded as the tallest structure in Toronto and the world, many people don't realize that it is actually the second tallest structure in the world. The original CN Tower was not really built with elevators in mind. Because of the construction techniques used at the time, the CN Tower was actually built to be two stories high. When the Tower was constructed, it was designed so that the two floors would connect at an angle of ninety degrees. The eighty-degree connection is still used today with elevators being able to travel between floors.
To get to the top of the CN Tower all that is required is a stairway that connects directly to the Executive Office Building. Even though the elevator systems work, it is not advisable to allow anyone other than a qualified elevator operator to use the controls on the way up or down. As a result, there are actually numerous safety protocols in place for employees working at the top of the Tower. There are hundreds of stories up in the Tower, and because of this, there are also hundreds of safety regulations that surround the operations of CN Tower. If it were not for these strict policies, it is likely that the lives of every employee working at CN Tower would be in danger during any given day.
The tower is separated into two main pods, and these main pods are also used for commercial purposes. One of the most popular uses for the main pod at the top of the CN Tower is the observation deck. On this deck, visitors are able to look over the downtown area, along with the Ontario Science Centre, Toronto Wildlife Museum, Ontario Museum of Art, and Canada Place. The observation deck can also be accessed from the pedestrian walkway on top of the Tower. Another interesting feature of the CN Tower main pod is the elevator that is featured at the top of the Tower.
When you visit Toronto, you may want to take the time to check out the CN Tower. Because of the nature of the work that needs to be done at the top of the Tower, safety protocols need to be followed at all times. In addition to all of the precautionary measures that are in place, CN Tower ensures that all of the people who work at the top of the Tower are given an adequate number of working hours each week. If you happen to be in Toronto at the time that CN Tower is being built, you may be able to get a glimpse of what it will be like to work at a very tall building.