Central Branch Renovations

Central Branch Renovations Updates

Posted on October 20, 2017

Brick Removal and Repair

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.

Posted on September 27, 2017

Construction Update

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.

Posted on August 16, 2017

Central Renovations Update

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. 

Posted on July 18, 2017

Coming Spring 2018!

​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.

Posted on June 22, 2017

Staircase Removed!

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. 

Posted on June 8, 2017

Construction Update

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.

Posted on May 24, 2017

Friends of the Library Book Sale

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 friends@kfpl.ca or follow them on Twitter or Facebook.  

Want to become a Friend or learn more about what they do? Visit our website or drop by their booth at our Sherlocked! Victorian Exhibition at City Hall on Saturday May 27. 

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!

Posted on May 12, 2017

Demolition Continues!

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.

Posted on April 28, 2017

General Contractor Selected and Construction has begun!

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.

 

Posted on April 10, 2017

Parking Lot

Please be advised that the public parking lot at the Central Branch will be unavailable as of Thursday, April 13, in preparation for construction to start early the following week. The parking meters will be covered and signage will be posted. The parking lot will remain unavailable until the renovations are complete in the Spring of 2018.

Questions about the renovations? We update our FAQ page frequently. Can't find the information you are looking for? Email us at centralreno@kfpl.ca or use our Contact Us form.