Central Branch Renovations

Central Branch Renovations Updates

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.

Posted on March 23, 2017

Project Update

Several people have contacted the Library recently asking about the delay in hiring a contractor and wanting to know when construction will begin. The "Questions About the Renovations" section is updated on a regular basis, but it has been some time since a project update was posted here. We appreciate that there is great community interest in the Central Branch renovation project and that people are anxious to have their downtown library back.

The tender to hire a general contractor for the project closed on March 1, 2017. A general contractor has been chosen and the contract is being reviewed and is expected to be signed and finalized during the last week of March. Work on the site will commence almost immediately after the contract has been signed. The project is still expected to finish on schedule with the Central Branch re-opening in the Spring of 2018.

There were a few factors that caused the design process to take longer than expected​:

Because of the building's heritage designation and location at the edge of the Old Sydenham Heritage Conservation District, we had to receive approval of the proposed design and obtain a heritage permit from Kingston City Council. Plans were submitted to Heritage Kingston for review at their July meeting. Based on feedback received from Heritage Kingston, from the City's planning staff and from members of the public during our consultations in early August, the design was revised and a revised report was submitted to Council for their September 6, 2017 meeting. The heritage permit was granted, thus finalizing the exterior design, aside from some minor alterations that would need to comply with the conditions in the heritage permit.

The revisions to the original design made to satisfy heritage requirements required that the main entrance to the building, including the steps, sloped walkway and ramps, as well as the landscaping plan, be redesigned. The change to the entrance also meant changes had to be made to the interior space, particularly to the main staircase, vestibule, staff work areas and storage. After these design changes were made, the plans were reviewed by representatives from the Municipal Accessibility Advisory Committee (MAAC) who asked questions and provided valuable insight to make sure that the project complies with the City of Kingston's Facility Accessible Design Standards (FADS). Their suggested changes were incorporated into the design. 

In addition to the revisions to the design, additional testing was completed. The pre-cast concrete columns were x-rayed to ensure they were strong enough to support the changes being made to the main staircase. Further investigation was done in several places around the exterior of the building to determine the condition of the bricks, insulation, vapor barrier in order to specify the remedial work to be completed on the building's facade.

All of this work contributed to the final drawings being finalized and the tender being issued about a month later than expected.

Posted on February 12, 2017

Hey! Who left the lights on?

If you've been by the Central Branch recently, you may have noticed that the lights are on. We didn't leave for the day and forget to turn them off, we have had to leave them on intentionally. 

Near the end of January, our last functioning boiler cracked its heat exchanger. The building works on a breaker system, so if we need power to the electrical outlets, that means the lights are on too as they are on the same breakers. The parts necessary to fix the boiler were going to be too expensive to obtain and take a long time to arrive, so temporary heaters are running throughout the building to make sure the pipes don't freeze.

Questions about the renovation? Don't hesitate to contact us at centralreno@kfpl.ca