As the construction progresses on the Central Branch renovations, library staff are busy choosing furniture, shelving and other interior elements and equipment. Click here to download a PDF of the layout of the first and second floors, or visit our Calvin Park Branch to view the plans. Some of the labels on the areas are quite tiny, so you may need to zoom in to read them. Questions about the renovations? Please view the FAQ page or contact us!
Central Branch Renovations Updates
Plywood is covering some of the windows along Johnson Street this week as the contractor starts removing brick from the building in order to repair damaged bricks and to create the new main entrance to the building.
A new meeting room is being created in the space that used to be the Wilson Room foyer and a large bay window will be installed.
Work has been progressing on the inside of the building this summer, with interior demolition almost complete, including creating the opening for the new main staircase. Framing and drywall is almost complete on the third floor and new electrical, plumbing and heating and air conditioning infrastructure is being installed throughout the building.
Sections of the foundation of the Parish House have been exposed for waterproofing, and exterior work will start up again next week, with removal of some of the brick for the new main entrance to the building.
There's been more activity on the exterior of the building recently as the stairs that were under the covered ramp from the parking lot were removed and the loading dock was demolished. Next up will be some excavation around the foundation of the Parish House on the corner of Bagot and Johnson to prepare for waterproofing.
Here are some photos of work on the interior of the building as the drywallers complete work on the third floor, and part of the steel structure for the new main stair between the first and second floors is put in place.
We're not wishing the summer away, but we are looking forward to the re-opening of the Central Branch in the Spring of 2018. Here is the architects' rendering of the exterior of the building after the renovations are complete.
Some of the changes include the relocation of the entrance closer to Bagot Street with a new set of stairs, new landscaping with bench seating along Johnson Street and around the corner on Bagot Street and improved bicycle parking.
The first two photos show the main staircase removed. With the relocation of the main entrance to the other side of the elevator, where the Friends of the Library book sale used to be, the stair had to be reconfigured and reoriented.
The bottom photo shows the steel framing started for the new washrooms. The third photo was taken from where the mystery and fiction collections were, looking east toward the elevator and entrance.
The bulk of the demolition is now complete outside, except for the original stairs that were under the ramp on the east side of the building. Work has moved inside for the next couple of weeks. While some interior demolition is continuing, installation of new duct work and pipes is underway.
Yes, the Friends of the Library will have space in the renovated Central Branch! They will be operating their own retail space on the first floor. Have some ideas for literary merchandise or accessories you'd like to see in their shop? Get in touch by email at email@example.com or follow them on Twitter or Facebook.
The book sale at the Isabel Turner Branch is restocked and refreshed regularly. Drop by to get some great used books or a book bag and support your public library at the same time!
Demolition work continues this week at the Central Branch!
Third floor drywall removed between offices (above).
Drywall demolition underway in the Delahaye Room on the third floor.
Any materials containing abestos are bagged and removed for proper disposal. All other materials are being sorted for recycling, reuse or disposal as appropriate.
Everstrong Construction Ltd, based out of Georgetown, Ontario, has been selected as the general contractor for the Central Branch renovation project following a competitive two stage pre-qualification and tender process.
They have already started work, with demolition and hazardous materials abatement underway. We will post regular photos and updates as the work progresses. Here are some "before" photos of the empty branch before work was started.