Fort York Branch Construction
A new branch is coming to the West Waterfront and CityPlace Communities in 2014!
Photo credit: KPMB Architects.
- In response to the tremendous growth in the community, and as part of the housing and community development planned for the area, Toronto Public Library is building a new neighbourhood branch in the West Waterfront and CityPlace communities, on Fort York Boulevard, at Bathurst Street.
- The new library branch is expected to open in 2014.
- The new library will provide the West Waterfront and CityPlace communities with a full range of neighbourhood library branch services, including a broad range of collections; meeting, collaborative and study spaces; increased access to technology for research, learning, working and recreation; and a welcoming environment for everyone.
Architectural & Construction Information
- Toronto Public Library has selected the firm of Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects (KPMB) as the project architect.
- KPMB, based in Toronto, was founded in 1987 by Bruce Kuwabara, Thomas Payne, Marianne McKenna, and Shirley Blumberg.Recent projects include TIFF Bell Light Box, Royal Conservatory TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, National Ballet School and Gardiner Museum.
- A collection size of 35,000 items for all ages
- Open and flexible space that can be subdivided for small group work, workshops and creative collaboration
- Space for media and digital projects
- Public meeting rooms
- Study space
- Zones for adults, teens and children
- Comfortable reading lounges, free access to high-speed internet
- Wireless internet
- Express checkout and checkin
- An outdoor reading garden
- Programming space
A Greener Building
- A new environmentally-friendly green roof
- Toronto Public Library has planned to locate a library branch in the railway lands for a number of years and development agreements were put in place to fund this library.
- In 2004, the Board approved a strategy for branch development that called for two additional branches to provide service in growing areas of the city - Scarborough City Centre and the Waterfront areas.
- In October 2006, the Board approved the location for the new Waterfront Branch in Block 36 at the corner of Bathurst Street and Fort York Blvd. to be built in partnership with Toronto Community Housing (TCHC).
- In 2009, a developer for Block 36, Context, was selected by TCHC, and the Library participated in the selection process. At the same time, TCHC began working on the development of the adjacent Block 32 and hired the architectural firm of Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects (KPMB) through a competitive process.