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Spokes
12-27-2009, 09:50 AM
KPL Central Library Renovation
85 Queen St. North, Kitchener
http://www.kpl.org/central/
Architect: Levitt Goodman Architects (http://levittgoodmanarchitects.com/project?p=kpl&c1=cultural&c2=None)
Groundbreaking: September 11, 2010

http://levittgoodmanarchitects.com/content/chapter/projects/kpl/03.jpg http://levittgoodmanarchitects.com/content/chapter/projects/kpl/02.jpg http://levittgoodmanarchitects.com/content/chapter/projects/kpl/04.jpg

Spokes
12-27-2009, 09:53 AM
Renovation Timeline:

October 2008 - Kitchener City Council approves plan to renovate and expand Main Library at 85 Queen Street

May 25, 2009 - Kitchener City Council approves awarding contract for consultation and design services to Levitt Goodman Architects, in association with The Walter Fedy Partnership and Philip H. Carter Architect.

June 2009 - Design Phase begins

November 2009 - Public sharing of Schematic Designs for renovated and expanded Main Library

December 2009 - Preparation of Detailed Design

February 2010 - Public sharing of Detailed Designs

Spring 2010 - Project construction contracts awarded

September 2010 - Official groundbreaking ceremony. Saturday, September 11 at 12:00 noon

Fall 2010 - Construction begins on Main Library site, starting with phase one of the underground parking garage (the portion under the current library)

May 2011 - Construction begins on library addition

September 2011 - Phase one of the underground parking garage completed; phase two of the underground garage (the portion under the adjacent park) begins

May 2012 - Phase two of the underground parking garage completed; library renovation begins

January 2013 - Library renovation and expansion completed
http://www.kpl.org/central/prg_project.html (http://www.kpl.org/central/prg_project.html)

Kitchener will pay $35.8M for library plan

September 30, 2008
Terry Pender
RECORD STAFF

KITCHENER - Councillors voted yesterday to spend $35.8 million to renovate and expand the Kitchener Public Library on Queen Street.

The decision comes after years of talk about whether to expand or build anew.

"We are excited about council's decision," Dan Carli, chair of the library board, said in an interview after the finance committee voted for expansion plan.

Compromise was the order of the day. The library drastically scaled back its hopes of four years ago for a $60-million building next to City Hall.

Councillors nixed that idea just months before the 2006 municipal elections after an outcry over the cost.

After more study, the library board came in with three new options: renovate the main branch for about $32 million, renovate and add about 30,000 square feet for $39.8 million, or renovate and add 54,400 square feet for about $60 million.

The library board recommended the second option. It hopes to raise $4 million on its own, reducing the cost to taxpayers to about $35.8 million.

With a construction start in 2010, the expanded library could open in 2013.

There was a lot of support among councillors for the plan.

"I'm glad we are moving forward," Coun. Geoff Lorentz said.

"It's been 15 years, maybe 20 years, we have been talking about this," Coun. John Gazzola said.

"It is time to move on with it."

The library building will grow by 30 per cent and collections by 20 per cent.

The number of public computers will increase by 50 per cent.

The money for the expansion will come from several sources:

$32.5 million from an economic development fund. Councillors earmarked this money for a new central library years ago.

$4 million from a fundraising campaign by the library board.

$1.1 million by deferring other library projects.

$528,000 from development charges -- fees that developers must pay before constructing new buildings.

$1.6 million by increasing taxes two years before more operating funds are actually needed for the bigger central library.

Some cost-cutting may be possible when the expanded library is designed, Sonia Lewis, the library's chief executive officer, said in an interview.

"We could save a million dollars by reducing the size of the addition from 30,000 to 25,000 square feet," she said.

The Kitchener Public Library operates four branches, plus the central library.

Mayor Carl Zehr strongly endorsed the expansion plan but wasn't crazy about a fundraising campaign to help pay for the project. He suggested if regular users of the library each donated $20, the board would have its $4 million.

"I think this is a way of getting the public involved," Zehr said. "Those who are going to use the facilities now and in the future, I think, will be quite willing to donate a $5 bill a $10 bill or a $20 occasionally as they come through the library."

Support for the library plan wasn't unanimous. Coun. Kelly Galloway, who sits on the library board, opposed spending any more than the $32.5 million earmarked for expansion years ago. The rest should be spent on the branch system, she said.

"We met with a number of community leaders, and it was said the library of the future is probably going to be smaller satellite centres, where people can gather for various reasons," Galloway said.

But Coun. Berry Vrbanovic was pleased the library won most councillors' support.

"I think the library board really struggled with finding the right balance in terms of the right project to bring to council for approval," Vrbanovic said.

The library board will now hire architects to produce a detailed design. The final design must be approved by city councillors.

tpender@therecord.com

http://news.therecord.com/article/421888


City approves architects for library expansion

May 26, 2009
Terry Pender
RECORD STAFF

KITCHENER - City councillors approved the hiring yesterday of Levitt Goodman Architects of Toronto for the expansion of the main library on Queen Street and construction of an underground parking garage.

"I think it's great news for the project," Sonia Lewis, the Kitchener Public Library's chief executive officer, said in an interview.

Levitt Goodman Architects has done much of the preliminary work on the library expansion already. The architectural firm will work in association with Phillip H. Carter, an architect with extensive experience designing libraries, and the Walter Fedy Partnership.

The design and engineering work for the library and parking garage is worth $1.7 million.

"He's done over 50 projects," Lewis said of Carter's experience.

"If there is someone who knows public libraries, it is Phillip Carter."

The nearly $40-million project will add 25,000 square feet of space to the library and include a complete renovation of the existing space.

Of that amount, the library is expected to raise about $4 million.

Another $18 million is slated for a 400-space underground parking garage to be constructed behind the library. The city, region and province are sharing the cost of the parking garage.

"Given how important the KPL is as a cultural institution for our growing community, it's great that a large portion of the project will be carried out by people who were raised, educated and employed in Waterloo Region," Russ Wong, of the Walter Fedy Partnership, said in an email.

Levitt Goodman Architects is no stranger to the area. That firm did the architectural work for the Waterloo Region Children's Museum.

tpender@therecord.com

http://news.therecord.com/article/542576 (http://news.therecord.com/article/542576)


Changing the cover
Approval granted for Gold Leed Kitchener Library extension plans

World Architecture News - http://www.worldarchitecturenews.com/index.php?fuseaction=wanappln.projectview&upload_id=11730

The renovation and expansion of the Kitchener Public Library and the accompanying Civic District Parking Garage has been granted approval based on designs by Toronto architecture firm Levitt Goodman Architects in association with the Kitchener-based Walter Fedy Partnership and Phillip H Carter Architect.

The $24.9 million library will include the complete renovation of the existing facility along with the design and construction of a 25,000 sq ft addition. The project also includes an $18.5 million, three-level underground parking garage that will service the entire Civic District. The new library aims to enhance the lives of residents as a centre for information, imagination and community that will contribute to the economic and cultural life of the city. The parking garage will discretely alleviate the parking deficiency in the area and provide a platform for a future public square, helping the project in its aim to reach Gold LEED status.

The project will proceed under the direction of Janna Levitt, principal-in-charge, and David Warne, project architect, both of Levitt Goodman. The library will remain open during the construction period, which is expected to commence in 2010, with a projected completion date in 2013.

Levitt Goodman led team was selected for the project because of its design ability, its long-standing commitment to Kitchener Public Library and its recognition that this project will play a central role in the future of the region as a cultural destination. Levitt Goodman has authored the past three feasibility studies for KPL and participated in the Civic District design charettes. Other Levitt Goodman projects include the Waterloo Regional Children’s Museum and the University of Waterloo School of Architecture. Phillip Carter has successfully overseen over 50 libraries including renovations to over 25 Toronto Public Library Branches. The Walter Fedy Partnership will provide expertise in parking garage design, LEED, mechanical, electrical and structural engineering and has a history of local civic projects.

Public to get update on library expansion plans

October 31, 2009
By Terry Pender, Record staff

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KITCHENER – Next week, library officials will hold two public meetings to share detailed drawings for the expansion of the main branch and update the public on the $39.8 million project.

“We are always looking for public feedback, but at the same time we are giving a progress report to the community,” Sonia Lewis, the Kitchener Public Library’s chief executive officer, said in an interview Friday.

Plans call for adding 30,000-square-feet of new space, mostly to the back of the main library on Queen Street. A new children’s section will be in northeast corner of the new addition with floor to ceiling windows. A large part of the Queen Street side of the building will be covered in glass to create a light-filled space. A ramp leading in and out of the new underground parking garage will be located off Queen Street on the south side of the building.

“I think the architects have really tried to respect the existing building and marry the old and the new,” Lewis said.

“There is a real sensitivity, I think, to how much the community values the existing building,” Lewis said.

The first open house will be held 7-9 p.m. in the Main Library at 85 Queen St. N., on Tuesday, Nov. 3. The second open house will be held from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7 in the Kitchener Market, 300 King St. E.

Levitt Goodman Architects of Toronto is working on the library expansion. The principal there, Janna Levitt, is a graduate of the University of Waterloo School of Architecture. That firm also designed the Waterloo Region Children’s Museum in downtown Kitchener.

“The preservation of the mature trees in front of the library is a goal,” Lewis said.

The library is planning a campaign that aims to raise $4 million to help pay for the project, which will increase the floor space by 30 per cent, collections by 20 per cent and public computers by 50 per cent. A complete renovation of the existing building will be done to, among other thing, make all of the book collections accessible to people in wheelchairs.

Construction of the 400-space underground parking garage will begin next summer. The cost of that $18.5 million garage is being shared among the province ($7 million), Region of Waterloo ($4.5 million) and $7 million from the library and city.

Work on the library is scheduled to begin late next summer and be finished by the end of 2012.

“I would really encourage people to come out and have a look at the design because there will be information about the library, the underground garage and at the same time we will be showing three concepts for a possible public square in the Civic District area,” Lewis said.

“We have a vision to create a public square there and so what we are going to be doing is testing some ideas with the public and getting their input about what the public square would look like,” Lewis.

tpender@therecord.com

http://news.therecord.com/article/622336 (http://news.therecord.com/article/622336)



An old library with a bright, modern skin

Public gets its first look at conceptual plans for $40-million renovation to main branch

November 03, 2009
By Greg Mercer, Record staff

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KITCHENER — Once the Kitchener Public Library's main branch emerges from a $40-million transformation in three years, you may hardly recognize it.

Covered in a transparent skin of long glass panels that will actually glow at night, it will be far cry from the brick and stone block that was erected on the same spot along Queen Street in 1962. It will feature a green roof above the entrance to a 412-space underground parking garage, a “secret garden” reading courtyard, and a central “grand hall” that will shoot up through the second floor.

Many at the first public unveiling of the project's conceptual plans applauded the bigger, brighter, more open concept design. But at least one man, local historian Rych Mills, wasn't cheering.

“Kitchener has a reputation that we tear down everything,” he said, urging the Toronto firm behind the project to scale back its design. “It's a striking new building, but I think it disguises the old one too much. I think we have a chance here to save more of it.”

The library has gone through several renovations in its 47 years, including one most recently in 1994, but this would be the main branch's most ambitious and extensive makeover yet. The construction would add 33,000 square feet of space, including a greatly expanded children's section.

The work would also demolish a former addition built at the back of the branch, fix the decaying roof, improve energy efficiency and bring the whole structure up to the latest standards for disability access.

New parents Tyler and Dawn Lessard heaped praise on the “clean” and “fresh” design, especially plans to make the expanded children's library a central fixture on the ground floor. They think it's a nice blend of the old building and more modern styles.

“I think it's a pretty good middle-of-the-road approach,” Dawn said, adding that the renovated library could bring new vibrancy to the city's core. “I think more young families will gravitate to downtown because of that.”

City hall has already approved the $40-million expansion — about four times the library's total spending last year, including salaries and books.

The library hopes to raise $4 million of that through a fundraising campaign.

That price tag is still significantly less, though, than the $60 million proposed earlier this decade to build a brand new main branch on the city-owned Centre Block lands. Council balked at spending that amount, and eventually killed the project in 2006 in the face of growing public opposition.

Some, like Vernon Bowman, wanted to know why the library was so “adamant” it needed a new building only a few years ago, when a renovation project like this could have met its needs.

Library chief executive Sonia Lewis said, “we're dealing with a renovation now and not a new building,” adding, “and we're happy with that.”

Toronto's Levitt Goodman Architects is working on the library expansion — the same firm that designed the Waterloo Region Children's Museum on King Street. Work on the library should begin late next summer and finish by 2013.

A second open house on the expansion plans is planned for 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, Nov. 7 in the Kitchener Market, at 300 King St. E.

gmercer@therecord.com

http://news.therecord.com/article/623876 (http://news.therecord.com/article/623876)

Some info about the parking garage:


City approves $18.4M core parking project

March 03, 2009
Terry Pender
RECORD STAFF

KITCHENER - Councillors yesterday approved building an $18.4-million underground parking garage behind the main branch of the Kitchener Public Library on Queen Street.

Mayor Carl Zehr called the underground garage a brilliant solution to parking needs, since it would include financial contributions from the city, the region and the Ontario government.

"It is a win, win, win," Zehr said at a finance committee meeting.

The provincial government will provide $7 million for the garage because it wants 200 spaces for employees at the new provincial courthouse. The courthouse, to be built on the nearby block bounded by Weber, Scott, Duke and Frederick streets, will open in 2012.

The Region of Waterloo is expected to provide $4.5 million for the garage because it wants 100 spaces. The region plans to take over the existing courthouse on Frederick Street for office space.

The Kitchener Public Library and the City of Kitchener would provide the rest, about $7 million.

The library, which plans a major expansion, wants 112 spaces in the underground garage. The expansion should be finished in 2013. The project has been stalled because of a lack of parking spaces, Sonia Lewis, the library's chief executive officer, said in a presentation.

"At the end of the day, nobody likes spending money on parking lots," said Coun. Berry Vrbanovic, who chairs the finance committee. "It's not sexy, but the reality is it's a necessity."

The total cost would increase to about $20.4 million when fees for architects, engineers, new sidewalks, lighting, parking equipment, public art and project management are included.

Coun. John Gazzola was the only councillor present to vote against the project.

Instead of subsidizing parking lots with tax dollars, Gazzola said, the city should establish a parking authority that would generate enough money from fees to pay for parking operations.

"Bottom line, the users should pay," he said. "On one side of our mouth we talk about green-green-green and getting people out of their cars and yet we make it easy for people to use our parking."

But parking fees are not high enough in the city now to generate enough money to pay for parking operations, Zehr said. A special parking authority would still require tax dollars, he said.

"So we can't go down that path at the present time," Zehr said.

Regional councillors are scheduled to consider the parking project at a committee meeting today.

tpender@therecord.com

http://news.therecord.com/article/496999 (http://news.therecord.com/article/496999)

City of Kitchener's Staff Report on the Parking Garage - http://www.kitchener.ca/Files/Item/item15897_dts-09-026_-_civic_district_parking_structure_business_case.pd f

City of Kitchener's Business Case on the Parking Garage - http://www.kitchener.ca/Files/Item/item15897_dts-09-026-1_-_attachment.pdf

Some images from the KPL's website: (http://www.kpl.org/central/pl_schematic.html)

External Views:
http://www.kpl.org/central/images/schematics/1_FrontPerspective.jpg

http://www.kpl.org/central/images/schematics/2_QueenSt.jpg

http://www.kpl.org/central/images/schematics/3_AhrensSt.jpg

http://www.kpl.org/central/images/schematics/5_ParkingNight.jpg

http://www.kpl.org/central/images/schematics/6_PlazaNight.jpg

Internal Views:
http://www.kpl.org/central/images/schematics/LowerFloor.jpg

http://www.kpl.org/central/images/schematics/GroundFloor.jpg

http://www.kpl.org/central/images/schematics/UpperFloor.jpg

Parking Garage Views:
http://www.kpl.org/central/images/schematics/Parking_Aerial.jpg

http://www.kpl.org/central/images/schematics/Parking_SitePlan.jpg

http://www.kpl.org/central/images/schematics/Parking_SideView.jpg

http://www.kpl.org/central/images/schematics/Parking_P1.jpg

http://www.kpl.org/central/images/schematics/Parking_P2.jpg
*Note: The floor plan for Parking Level Three is identical to Parking Level Two

Spokes
12-27-2009, 10:14 AM
City of Kitchener's Staff Report on the Parking Garage - http://www.kitchener.ca/Files/Item/item15897_dts-09-026_-_civic_district_parking_structure_business_case.pd f


This is particularly good I found. It gives a good idea of what the future plans for the Civic District are going to be. One thing that I wasn't aware of was the additional phases of the parking garage. I wonder if these will be connected or just side by side?

UrbanWaterloo
03-06-2010, 07:56 PM
CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST (EOI) PUBLIC ART PROJECT
Kitchener Public Library (Central Library)
http://www.kitchener.ca/pdf/kpl_public_art_project_eoi.pdf

Artists/artist teams are invited to submit professional qualifications and a letter of interest as a first stage in the two-stage Kitchener Public Library Public Art Competition. The competition is open to professional artists/artist teams with experience in creating siteresponsive permanently installed public art projects.
...
2.2. Considerations
The identified location for the public art installation is the proposed two-story atrium just inside the front entrance at Queen Street. The dimensions of this area are approximately 40’-0” x 20’-0”. The critical height of the space is 31’-0” from the floor to the underside of the steel roof decking and 29’-0” to the underside of the truss centred in the space.
The atrium features abundant natural light coming from both the glazed pop-up roof with continuous glazing and from windows located above the Queen Street entrance. The proposed floor finish is a low luster stone. The railings surrounding the atrium at the upper floor will all be clear glass. The artist may consider suspending art work from the roof or truss, and/or fastening it to the guard rail. Given the nature of the library environment, works powered by or incorporating motors are not acceptable.

3. Process
...
Stage One: call for expressions of interest from artists/artist teams. Jury selects qualified artists/artist teams who are invited to continue to the next stage.
Stage Two: short-listed artists/artist teams are required to prepare detailed concept drawings and/or maquettes, accompanied by textual descriptions, and to present their work to the jury. Artists will be paid for this work (see section 3.3).
The recommendation of the jury proceeds to advisory committees and the library
board for support before being reported to Council for final approval.

3.2. Budget
Commission fee: $125,000 (CDN). This amount must cover:

artist’s design fee
insurance and legal fees
materials costs
studio and storage costs
fabrication
transportation of the art work to the site
any sub-contractor’s fee (e.g. structural engineering services for fabrication of the art work)
documentation (photography of work in progress; of finished work; material specification sheets; maintenance schedule)
artist travel expenses

Installation will be implemented and paid for by the City. The artist will provide consultation during the installation process.
...
4. Schedule ...Public Art

Stage One - EOI
Advertise call for expressions of interest: March 3, 2010
Deadline for receipt of expressions of interest: March 30, 2010 - By 4 p.m., 7th Floor, City Hall, 200 King Street West, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Selection of artists/artist teams for stage two of the competition: April 8, 2010

Stage Two – Detailed Proposals
Site visit: To be determined (early April)
Deadline for receipt of detailed proposals from stage two artists: May 20, 2010
Artist presentations to jury; selection of preferred artist/artist team: May 27, 2010
Approvals: June 2010
Legal agreement: July 2010
Installation of artwork: Jan 2013

UrbanWaterloo
03-08-2010, 12:07 PM
SUBJECT: Prequalification of Contractors for the Kitchener Public Library Expansion and Civic District Parking Garage Construction
DATE OF MEETING: 2010-03-08
DATE OF REPORT: 2010-03-03
REPORT TO: Mayor Carl Zehr & Members of Council
SUBMITTED BY: Larry Gordon, Director of Supply Services
PREPARED BY: Larry Gordon, Director of Supply Services (2214)
WARD(S) INVOLVED: 1
REPORT NO: FIN 10-029
http://www.kitchener.ca/Files/Item/item18336_fin-10-029_-_prequalification_contractors_for_kpl_parking_gara ge.pdf

RECOMMENDATION:
That Council approve a request from the Project Steering Committee to proceed with prequalification processes to select a maximum of eight (8) General Contractors, six (6) Electrical Contractors, six (6) Mechanical Contractors, six (6) Sprinkler Contractors, six (6) Concrete Forming, Reinforcing and Placing Contractors, six (6) Curtainwall and Glazing Contractors, six (6) Communications/IT Contractors and six (6) Millwork Contractors to be used for the expansion and renovation of the Kitchener Public Library’s main branch library and the construction of the Civic District parking garage.

BACKGROUND:
The contractor prequalification process will provide the City with an opportunity to examine the contractor’s project history and their experience in the performance of projects of similar magnitude and size. The reference checks facilitate the best indication as to the satisfaction of owners on previous projects.
The construction value of this project is in excess of $40 million dollars with the mechanical, electrical, sprinkler, concrete forming, curtainwall and glazing, communications, and millwork items, combined, contributing in excess of $20 million dollars to the overall cost. The prequalification process results in a selection process that takes into consideration: experience, quality, time management, and costs and results in a greater probability of a successful conclusion to a project.
Also, our previous experience with LEED projects has taught us that contractors who do not have experience in this process perform poorly for Owners who have committed to implement LEED.
Prequalification will allow us to verify their LEED successes and to identify potential issues.

Spokes
03-08-2010, 03:51 PM
Glad they're emphasizing the importance of LEED on this one (I kind of laugh thinking of a LEED certified parking garage haha)

Hopefully they can break ground on the parking by mid spring or summer instead of the fall start date that was planned.

Spokes
04-10-2010, 02:46 PM
Site plan for the library and the garage: http://www.kitchener.ca/Files/Item/item18786_dts-10-046_full.pdf

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Tender award is scheduled for late August 2010

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One thing from the document that I found weird was this:


The second element is the development of a small surface parking lot at the corner of Weber and Scott Sts which is currently a vacant lot. This will be used to offset the loss of approximately 30 Regional Police parking spaces during the construction of the garage and Library addition.

I wonder if that's the lot that is where the apartment building (http://www.wonderfulwaterloo.com/showthread.php/226-Weber-and-Scott-Apartment-|-12-fl-|-33-m-|)was supposed to go, or if it's the opposite corner that's already a lot. The fact that it says "development of a small surface lot" makes me think its that lot where the houses were cleared. If that's the case hopefully it's just a temporary lot. The last thing we should be doing is CREATING surface lots.

taylortbb
04-10-2010, 03:43 PM
It says during construction so I'm pretty sure it would just be temporary. I certainly agree we don't need more surface parking.

Spokes
04-10-2010, 04:05 PM
That would actually make sense for it to just be during construction. The police parking will be right behind KPL and that will all be dug up and therefore unusable. Good catch taylor!

RangersFan
04-11-2010, 11:03 AM
So now I am wondering if that Apartment for Weber and Scott was slated for the other corner, and that the demolition of those houses was to make way for this surface parking lot and not the 12 storey apartment building.

Spokes
04-11-2010, 11:31 AM
No it was originally for the apartment I think. The first house was torn down like 3+ years ago, before the underground lot was planned/approved.

UrbanWaterloo
04-13-2010, 05:20 AM
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jay
04-13-2010, 07:45 AM
Cost estimate for Queen St. parking garage up $3M

April 13, 2010
BY TERRY PENDER, RECORD STAFF

KITCHENER — The estimated cost of an underground-parking garage to support an expanded library on Queen Street is going up.

The city’s development and technical services committee was told Monday the cost of the underground garage is now at about $21.6 million, up from $18.5 million.

Tenders will not be released for the project for several months yet, but the design of the 412-space parking garage has revealed four concerns that will increase costs—two access ramps, expanded stairwells and elevators, the relocation of electrical conduits, sewers and fibre-optic cables, and the extensive supports needed to protect the historic jail wall.

The cost-over runs come from the consulting firm of Hanscomb Limited, which based the cost estimates on 30 per cent and 50 per cent of the design work.

“The final costs will be known once the tenders are received in July of this year,” says a staff report that was received by the committee Monday.

The underground-parking garage is to accommodate the increased demand associated with an expanded library and a bigger provincial courthouse.

About 25,000-square-feet will be added to the main branch of the Kitchener Public Library and the existing 82,000-square-feet will be completely renovated. The cost: $40 million. It should be done in 2013, but first the parking garage must be built.

The Ontario Government is providing $7 million toward the cost of the parking garage because it wants 200 spaces reserved for employees of the new courthouse that is being constructed nearby on the block bounded by Weber, Scott, Duke and Frederick streets. Waterloo Region is providing $4.5 million because it wants 100 spaces.

The library and City of Kitchener are providing the rest of the funds for the garage. The latest cost estimates mean the city must plan to borrow more money to finance its contribution.

The parking garage will be under and behind the existing the library building.

garthdanlor
04-13-2010, 08:03 AM
The cost of the renovated library will end up being about the same as the rejected plan to build a new library as part of the Centre Block project. The end result would have been a much better facility for library patrons as well as a boost for King St, if it would have been allowed to have been built from scratch on the new location. I really wish city council would have had the guts to stand up to the vocal minority (and the Record) that shouted down the new building.

Spokes
04-13-2010, 08:18 AM
The cost of the renovated library will end up being about the same as the rejected plan to build a new library as part of the Centre Block project. The end result would have been a much better facility for library patrons as well as a boost for King St, if it would have been allowed to have been built from scratch on the new location. I really wish city council would have had the guts to stand up to the vocal minority (and the Record) that shouted down the new building.

Ya but they'll have a good facility now on Queen, which will help anchor the civic district, and now we get Centre Block Condos which gives the core residential, which is what the core needed more than anything.


Cost estimate for Queen St. parking garage up $3M

Guess that's what happens when things are delayed so long. Costs go up, thats just how things go. Solution: Start sooner!

garthdanlor
04-13-2010, 08:53 AM
Ya but they'll have a good facility now on Queen, which will help anchor the civic district, and now we get Centre Block Condos which gives the core residential, which is what the core needed more than anything.
Well, we would have still got the condos as a new library would have only occupied a floor or two. The expansion of the existing building was always second choice by the library board , staff, and ,originally, the City too. The original building design did not allow for easy vertical expansion, and that left expanding into the parking lot. This is not a bad thing, but what it did do was force the library to spend more money on housing cars (the parking garage) than they are on expanding the actual library space.

Spokes
04-13-2010, 12:58 PM
Well, we would have still got the condos as a new library would have only occupied a floor or two. The expansion of the existing building was always second choice by the library board , staff, and ,originally, the City too. The original building design did not allow for easy vertical expansion, and that left expanding into the parking lot. This is not a bad thing, but what it did do was force the library to spend more money on housing cars (the parking garage) than they are on expanding the actual library space.

Oh ok, I didn't know that. I wasn't living here from 03-07 when all this was being debated.

UrbanWaterloo
05-16-2010, 02:12 PM
Expressions of Interest - E10-034, E10-035, E10-036, E10-037, E10-038, E10-039, E10-040 and E10-041 - Prequalification of General Contractors and Subcontractors for the Kitchener Public Library Expansion and Civic District Parking Garage Construction
REPORT TO: Mayor Carl Zehr & Members of Council
DATE OF REPORT: 2010-05-12 | DATE OF MEETING: 2010-05-17
PREPARED & SUBMITTED BY: Larry Gordon, Director of Supply Services
REPORT NO: FIN 10-085 (http://www.kitchener.ca/Files/Item/item19035_fin-10-085_-_e10-034_to_e10-041_-_prequalified_contractors___subs_-_library.pdf)

RECOMMENDATION:
That Expressions of Interest for the Prequalification of General Contractors and Subcontractors for the Kitchener Public Library Expansion and Civic District Parking Garage Construction be awarded as follows:

E10-034 - General Contractors:
Belrock Construction Ltd. Concord ON
Bird Construction Company Etobicoke ON
Buttcon Limited Concord ON
Maple Reinders Constructors Ltd. Mississauga ON
Maystar General Contractors Inc. Vaughan ON
Melloul –Blamey Construction Inc. Waterloo ON
Percon Construction Inc. Mississauga ON

E10-035 - Electrical Subcontractors:
Accel Electrical Contractors Ltd. Woodbridge ON
Black & McDonald Ltd. Scarborough ON
Culliton Brothers Limited Stratford ON
Janick Electric Ltd. North York ON
J.M.R. Electric Exeter ON
OZZ Electric Inc. Concord ON
The Roberts Group Inc. Kitchener ON

E10-036 – Mechanical Subcontractors:
Conestogo Mechanical Kitchener ON
Culliton Brothers Limited Stratford ON
JMR Mechanical Exeter ON
Modern Niagara Weston ON
Nelco Mechanical Limited Kitchener ON
Sutherland-Schultz Cambridge ON
The Roberts Group Inc. Kitchener ON

E10-037 – Sprinkler Subcontractors:
None

E10-038 – Concrete Forming Subcontractors:
Alliance Forming Toronto ON
Avenue Building Corporation Bolton ON
Reimar Construction Corporation Hannon ON
Swan & Associates Orangeville ON
XDG Construction Ltd. Breslau ON

E10-039 – Curtainwall / Glazing Subcontractors:
None

E10-040 – Communications/IT Subcontractors:
Bell Business Markets Mississauga ON
Black & McDonald Scarborough ON
Cable Assembly Systems Ltd. Brantford ON
Demarcation Point London ON
Marcomm Concord ON
The Roberts Group Inc. Kitchener ON

E10-041 – Millwork Subcontractors:
None

BACKGROUND:
On March 8th, 2010, City Council approved the prequalification process for the selection of General Contractors (8), Mechanical Subcontractors (6), Electrical Subcontractors (6), Communications/IT Subcontractors (6), Concrete Forming Subcontractors (6), Curtain Wall/Glazing Subcontractors (6), Millwork Subcontractors (6), and Sprinkler Subcontractors (6).

REPORT:
Expressions of interest were advertised in The Record, on The City of Kitchener Home Page and on the internet through the Ontario Public Buyers Association Electronic Tendering Information System relative to this project. Documents were downloaded by twenty (20) interested parties for General Contractors, fourteen (14) for Mechanical Subcontractors, fifteen (15) for Electrical Subcontractors, four (4) for Sprinkler Subcontractors, ten (10) for Concrete Subcontractors, four (4) for Curtainwall Subcontractors, twenty-four (24) for Commucinations/IT Subcontractors and eight (8) for Millwork Subcontractors. By the closing date of Wednesday March 31st, 2010, responses from fourteen (14) General Contractors, twelve (12) Mechanical Subcontractors, twelve (12) Electrical Subcontractors, three (3) Sprinkler Subcontractors, seven (7) Concrete Subcontractors, three (3) Curtainwall & Glazing Subcontractors, eleven (11) Communications/IT Subcontractors and three (3) Millwork Subcontractors had been received.
The submissions were reviewed by Levitt Goodman Architects in association with The Walter Fedy Partnership & Phillip H. Carter Architect, and the above listed Contractors and Subcontractors are recommended for City Council approval.
A listing of the responding parties follows for your reference.

E10-034 - General Contractors:
The Atlas Corporation Concord ON
Belrock Construction Ltd. Concord ON
Bird Construction Company Etobicoke ON
Buttcon Limited Concord ON
Graham Construction and Engineering Mississauga ON
Harbridge + Cross Limited Concord ON
Maple Reinders Constructors Ltd. Mississauga ON
Maystar General Contractors Inc. Vaughan ON
Melloul–Blamey Construction Inc. Waterloo ON
PCR Contractors Toronto ON
Percon Construction Inc. Mississauga ON
Protrend-Arrow Construction Inc. Kitchener ON
SMA/METTCO Oakville ON
Struct-Con Construction Ltd. Brampton ON

E10-035 - Electrical Subcontractors:
Accel Electrical Contractors Ltd. Woodbridge ON
Black & McDonald Ltd. Scarborough ON
Cahill Electric Limited Ancaster ON
Conestogo Electric Inc. Kitchener ON
Culliton Brothers Limited Stratford ON
Janick Electric Ltd. North York ON
J.M.R. Electric Exeter ON
Kentech Automation Inc. Mississauga ON
Kraun Electric Inc. St. Catharines ON
OZZ Electric Inc. Concord ON
The Roberts Group Inc. Kitchener ON
Sutherland-Schultz Cambridge ON

E10-036 – Mechanical Subcontractors:
Aqua Mechanical Mississauga ON
Black & McDonald Ltd. Stoney Creek ON
Brenner Mechanical Inc. Waterloo ON
Conestogo Mechanical Kitchener ON
Culliton Brothers Limited Stratford ON
Dependable Mechanical Concord ON
JMR Mechanical Exeter ON
L.J. Barton Mechanical Ancaster ON
Modern Niagara Weston ON
Nelco Mechanical Limited Kitchener ON
Sutherland-Schultz Cambridge ON
The Roberts Group Inc. Kitchener ON

E10-037 – Sprinkler Subcontractors:
BML Multi Trades Group Ltd. Brantford ON
Forest City Fire Protection & Security Cambridge ON
Simplex Grinnell Hamilton ON

E10-038 – Concrete Forming Subcontractors:
Alliance Forming Toronto ON
Avenue Building Corporation Bolton ON
Harris Rebar Stoney Creek ON
Outspan Concrete Etobicoke ON
Reimar Construction Corporation Hannon ON
Swan & Associates Orangeville ON
XDG Construction Ltd. Breslau ON

E10-039 – Curtainwall / Glazing Subcontractors:
Contract Glaziers Windsor ON
D&M Glass & Mirror Ltd. Lakeshore ON
Merit Glass Ltd. Guelph ON

E10-040 – Communications/IT Subcontractors:
Bell Business Markets Mississauga ON
Black & McDonald Ltd. Scarborough ON
Cable Assembly Systems Ltd. Brantford ON
Demarcation Point London ON
Fiber Core Communications London ON
JPS Telecom Kitchener ON
Marcomm Concord ON
MTS Allstream Kitchener ON
The Roberts Group Inc. Kitchener ON
Telus Response Cambridge ON
UNIS Lumin Oakville ON

E10-041 – Millwork Subcontractors:
All Wood Fine Interiors Ltd. Toronto ON
Bez Industries Inc. Waterloo ON
CCW Inc. Waterloo ON

UrbanWaterloo
05-22-2010, 05:59 PM
LEGAL AGREEMENTS FOR KITCHENER PUBLIC LIBRARY/PARKING GARAGE PROJECT
REGION OF WATERLOO CORPORATE RESOURCES | Facilities Management & Fleet Services
TO: Chair Tom Galloway and Members of the Administration & Finance Committee
DATE: May 18, 2010 | Report: CR-FM-10-011 (http://www.region.waterloo.on.ca/web/region.nsf/8ef02c0fded0c82a85256e590071a3ce/DDEF105A02B9AA1585257723006AD0FD/$file/CR-FM-10-011.pdf?openelement)

RECOMMENDATION:
THAT the Regional Municipality of Waterloo authorize the following as outlined in report CR-FM-10-011 dated May 18, 2010, regarding the Parking Garage being constructed as part of the Kitchener Public Library expansion and renovation project:
1. Entering into a license agreement with the City of Kitchener for the construction of a part of the underground Parking Garage and its appurtenances on a portion of abutting land owned by the Regional Municipality of Waterloo, on terms and conditions satisfactory to the Commissioner of Corporate Resources and the Regional Solicitor;
2. Entering into a limiting distance agreement with the City of Kitchener pursuant to the Building Code, said agreement to ensure an appropriate distance separation from the adjacent property in the construction of the addition to the Kitchener Public Library, on terms and conditions satisfactory to the Commissioner of Corporate Resources and the Regional Solicitor;
3. Entering into an agreement with the City of Kitchener for the construction, operation and maintenance of the Parking Garage as it relates to the Region’s 100 parking spaces, on terms and conditions satisfactory to the Commissioner of Corporate Resources and the Regional Solicitor;
4. Entering into an agreement to have the City of Kitchener construct an Emergency Generator Room for the Region as part of the Parking Garage construction;
5. Authorization for the Commissioner of Corporate Resources to execute resulting agreements on behalf of the Regional Municipality of Waterloo;

SUMMARY:
Legal agreements for the use of Regional land are required in order to proceed with the construction of the Kitchener Public Library and Parking Garage. An emergency generator room has been added to the project to take advantage of the excavation and construction and reduce the above grade impact of this infrastructure improvement to the Regional Administration campus. Updates are also provided on construction, heritage impacts, communications, groundbreaking and other considerations.

REPORT:
...
Construction Schedule
In order to reduce the construction impact on Library operations, coordinate the phases of Library renovation and ease the disruption to the operation of Regional Headquarters it has been proposed to excavate the area for the underground Parking Garage in two phases pending confirmation of this plan with the general contractor yet to be hired. The first phase will include the area from the Gaol wall to Ahrens Street. This excavation will remove about half of the WRPS parking at 134 Frederick Street for the duration of the first phase. This excavation will commence at the end of October 2010 with construction completion in mid 2011. During this time WRPS vehicles will be parked close by at the Courthouse parking lot accessed off Frederick Street. The second phase of construction encompassing Ahrens Street and half of the City parking lot behind 150 Frederick Street will commence in mid 2011 and be complete in early 2012

Heritage Impacts
...The main heritage impact to Regional property happens where a new parking ramp is being constructed next to the Gaol wall for garage entry and exit off Queen Street. This covered ramp will change the context for various views of the Gaol wall and the architectural consultant is working on options for minimizing the impact of the new ramp structure. Options being assessed include extensive use of glass/transparent materials in the garage door and both sides of the first section of ramp enclosure, solid materials for the second section which compliment the Gaol wall colours and texture and a wrought iron railing on the Governor’s House lot line. After discussion, selection of the preferred alternative will be made by the project team which includes representatives from the Region, City of Kitchener and Kitchener Public Library.

Groundbreaking
A groundbreaking ceremony for the Kitchener Public Library and Parking Garage project is being planned for September 2010. It is expected that this will include representatives from various public entities. Once details on timing and speakers are known information will be provided to Councilors and advertised for general public participation.

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS:
The license agreement with the City of Kitchener for underground rights is provided, as per the initial agreement in March 2009, at nominal cost to the City of Kitchener. The budget for the Region’s contribution to the Parking Garage is currently $4,710,000. Cost consultants have recently priced the project based on completion of 50% of the detailed drawings and the budget is likely to be exceeded. The Region’s share of this increase from the original budget could be up to $730,000. Budget pressure has been caused by the need for two vehicle access ramps due to the shape of the garage and its future expansion, expanded stairwells and elevators to accommodate a variety of users, significant buried infrastructure in Ahrens street and extensive shoring to support the Gaol wall and Library foundations. However, a much better estimate of costs will occur when the project tender closes at the end of July, 2010. At this time, construction costs become more predictable and Council will be provided an opportunity to consider option to deal with any project cost increase. The estimated design and construction cost of the emergency generator room plus equipment rough-ins is $900,000. This can be accommodated within the 2010 capital budget for the emergency generator on this campus. A phasing plan for the acquisition and installation of the emergency generation equipment is being developed and the costs for this equipment will be incorporated into the future years capital budget in the emergency generator budget line.

UrbanWaterloo
06-07-2010, 01:57 PM
Lot 19 Surface Parking Extension
REPORT TO: Development & Technical Services Committee
DATE OF REPORT: May 28, 2010 | DATE OF MEETING: June 7, 2010
SUBMITTED & PREPARED BY: John McBride, Director Transportation Planning
REPORT NO.: DTS-10-115 (http://www.kitchener.ca/Files/Item/item19196_dts-10-115.pdf)

RECOMMENDATIONS:
“That the extension of surface parking in Lot 19 be approved; and further,
That The Walter Fedy Partnership be retained to complete the design as part of the Library expansion and parking garage site plan approval process at an estimated cost of $9,000.”

BACKGROUND: As part of the development of a three level underground parking garage at the Library, numerous options were considered to accommodate entrance and exit ramps, define future building sites, better define pedestrian pathways and help to minimize the loss of parking during the construction phase. An expansion of surface parking in Lot 19 has been previously proposed in the area towards the Centre in the Square adjacent to McKenzie King Park. In order to have the extra surface parking spaces built and available in time for the commencement of construction later this year, they will have to be constructed in advance of the main Library and Garage construction.

REPORT:

The expansion of the Kitchener Public Library Main Branch and the development of a 412 space three level underground parking structure will result in major disruptions to parking, vehicular, pedestrian and loading access during construction as well as impacts to adjacent properties. At various stages of the construction these impacts will include:

The loss of 45 surface parking spaces behind the Library
The loss of a portion of the Police parking lot
The loss of approximately 75 surface parking spaces in Lot 19
The relocation of some monthly parkers to other City facilities
The temporary closure of Ahrens St
Alternate loading access for Regional headquarters
The removal of select trees adjacent to McKenzie King Park, the rear of the Regional Headquarters, Ahrens St and Queen St
The removal of the turning circles adjacent to the Centre in the Square
Realigned pedestrian paths between Frederick St and Queen St
The phasing of construction for both the parking structure and Library expansion

One of the immediate requirements is the development of the surface parking extension in Lot 19 to accommodate entrance and exit ramps, define future building sites, better define pedestrian pathways and help to minimize the loss of parking during the construction phase. This parking area needs to be in place before other surface parking areas are lost due to construction in order to help minimize the impact on surrounding properties. The parking lot expansion and the development of the garage itself adjacent to McKenzie King Park will require the removal of approximately 55 smaller calibre trees that have grown over time at the edge of the existing parking area. The majority of these trees are relatively small and some are in declining health. The City’s Forestry staff have reviewed these trees and determined that they are of little significance. As part of their removal, a landscape plan will be developed to redefine the edge of McKenzie King Park with plant material more suitable than what has inadvertently grown over the years. Two significant trees have been identified and will be protected from all construction activity. Another 26 trees in the area that will require removal include some on Regional Headquarters property, Ahrens St and some along Queen St in front of the Library. Only those trees directly impacted by construction or identified by Forestry Staff as being in declining health will be removed. The attached site plan indicates the areas that will have trees removed. The design of the urban square above the parking structure will incorporate an enhanced surface treatment to offset the loss of these marginal trees. Conceptual designs have been developed that will incorporate McKenzie King Park, the rear of the Regional Headquarters and the area above the parking structure into one integrated open space. The other major change to the surface parking area will be the removal of the turning circles towards the Centre in the Square. A final design is not being proposed at this time and will be incorporated into the reconstruction of Otto St in 2011/2012. Initial modifications are being proposed now in order to better accommodate basic turning movements into an expanded surface parking area. It is recommended that the Walter Fedy Partnership, which is also doing the structural engineering and site servicing design for the larger project also undertake the final design for the surface parking area and the development of lighting and landscaping plans in order to satisfy the site plan approval process. Their estimated cost to complete this additional work is approximately $9,000 plus taxes. A communication plan is being developed for the public and adjacent properties to inform them of these impacts. In addition the final designs will be presented at a third public open house on June 29, 2010 at the main Library.

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS: The reconstruction of the surface parking area between the underground garage and the Centre in the Square is estimated to be $250,000 inclusive of the engineering fees and has been included in the total project cost.

COMMUNICATIONS: There have previously been two public meetings outlining the Library and Parking Garage development plans as well as four reports to Council. A further public meeting is planned for Tue June 29, 2010 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Library to again inform the public about the Library and Garage designs, the impacts on surrounding properties and the staging of construction. Notices of this public meeting will be sent to neighbouring properties, ie Library, Regional Headquarters, Revenue Canada, Centre in the Square, 100 Queen Apartments, the Firefighters Association and the neighbourhood association as well as the placement of notice boards in Lot 19/McKenzie King Park and the Library.

Spokes
06-27-2010, 08:13 AM
Kitchener library upgrade plans on display Tuesday

June 26, 2010
Record staff

KITCHENER — The public will get a chance to look at refined plans for the new Kitchener Public Library upgrades, underground parking and civic square during a public information session next week.

The drop-in session — which will be staffed by representatives from the city, the library and the project consultant — is scheduled for Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the central library’s Hamblin Room.

Work should start in early fall on the new three-storey underground parking structure. The city wanted to have one more public session to make sure anyone who will be impacted by the work can have their questions answered, said John McBride, the city’s director of transportation planning.

Parking behind the library will be impacted as will some of the lot used by the Waterloo Regional Police and a portion of one of the Centre in the Square lots during the work. During the second phase of construction, officials expect parking will be available in the new portion of the garage.

The information session will include display boards outlining the work and concepts of the finished design. McBride said it will include some of the information presented during two public meetings last year along with refined plans for the project.

Landscaping plans for the new civic green space — which will be created over top of the parking garage on space that is now a paved lot — will also be available, as will details of all the trees to be removed for the construction.

The library renovation is set to begin alongside the second phase of the parking garage construction next spring. All work in both phases is expected to be complete in January 2013.

panamaniac
06-27-2010, 09:19 AM
Kitchener library upgrade plans on display Tuesday

June 26, 2010
Record staff

KITCHENER — The public will get a chance to look at refined plans for the new Kitchener Public Library upgrades, underground parking and civic square during a public information session next week.

The drop-in session — which will be staffed by representatives from the city, the library and the project consultant — is scheduled for Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the central library’s Hamblin Room.

Work should start in early fall on the new three-storey underground parking structure. The city wanted to have one more public session to make sure anyone who will be impacted by the work can have their questions answered, said John McBride, the city’s director of transportation planning.

Parking behind the library will be impacted as will some of the lot used by the Waterloo Regional Police and a portion of one of the Centre in the Square lots during the work. During the second phase of construction, officials expect parking will be available in the new portion of the garage.

The information session will include display boards outlining the work and concepts of the finished design. McBride said it will include some of the information presented during two public meetings last year along with refined plans for the project.

Landscaping plans for the new civic green space — which will be created over top of the parking garage on space that is now a paved lot — will also be available, as will details of all the trees to be removed for the construction.

The library renovation is set to begin alongside the second phase of the parking garage construction next spring. All work in both phases is expected to be complete in January 2013.

I will look forward to posts showing the finished design and the civic green space. The library expansion may not have quite the same profile as the consolidated courthouse or Lang Tannery projects (at least since the debate about whether to build in the Centre Block), but I think it is a key component of strengthening Kitchener's downtown core.

Spokes
06-27-2010, 09:28 AM
I will look forward to posts showing the finished design and the civic green space. The library expansion may not have quite the same profile as the consolidated courthouse or Lang Tannery projects (at least since the debate about whether to build in the Centre Block), but I think it is a key component of strengthening Kitchener's downtown core.

I think so too, I think the importance of libraries can at times get over looked, but in terms of a piece of downtown, it's a must, and this thing is going to really anchor the Civic District as it grows. I think there needs to be something done to strengthen it's position in the city though, it really goes unnoticed, and maybe that's just because of the lack of prominance downtown has right now. The construction hype should help though.

UrbanWaterloo
06-27-2010, 07:01 PM
I agree. One library I really love is the Grande Bibliothèque (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grande_Biblioth%C3%A8que) and I hope the expanded Central Library here can capture a fraction of the excitement I feel as when I walk into Montreal's.

Spokes
06-29-2010, 06:21 AM
Just a reminder about tonights meeting! Anyone going?

Public Information Session: Library Expansion & Civic District Garage Development
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 | http://www.kitchener.ca/news/MediaDetail.asp?tid=19365

The City of Kitchener and the Kitchener Public Library will begin construction on two major projects at the main branch of the Kitchener Public Library and the adjacent surface parking lot this fall.

The first project will be the development of a 412-space, three-level underground parking garage located between the Gaol Wall and McKenzie King Park towards the Centre in the Square.

The second project will be the expansion and renovation of the Kitchener Public Library Main Branch located at 85 Queen Street North.

The public is invited to attend a special information session to learn more about:

Library and Garage Designs
Urban Square Concepts
Landscape Plans
Vehicle & Pedestrian Access
Construction Phasing

When: Tuesday, June 29, 2010 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Where: Kitchener Public Library (Hamblin Room), 85 Queen St. N.

Information display boards will be posted outlining the intended work and staff from the library, the city and the consulting team will be available to answer questions.

For further information, please contact:
Dale Dyce, Coordinator, Marketing & Communications, Kitchener Public Library | dale.dyce@kpl.org
John McBride, Director Transportation Planning, City of Kitchener | john.mcbride@kitchener.ca

dunkalunk
06-29-2010, 09:24 AM
I hope to

KevinL
06-29-2010, 07:01 PM
Swung by just as they were closing up (7 PM). Nothing in the major-surprise department; one irony is that the newest part of the building, the cantilevered rear bit put on about 15 years ago, will have to go in order to build the parking garage 3 storeys down. The collections, etc there will move to the front part of the building, which will be come somewhat more cramped as a result. This will be the situation as the parking garage and new rear portions aboveground are built; there's then a less-lengthy period where most collections move to the new space, while the old front is renovated. (There's a new glass-wall effect going in at the lounge facing Queen, looks cool in the render.) One the full reno is done, collections are moved to their new permanent homes and all is well!

Forgot my camera, sorry, so someone else will need to provide the renders and specifics from the info boards.

UrbanWaterloo
06-30-2010, 06:11 PM
Yes, it was mostly just displays of information already posted on their website.

KPL Central Library Expansion Public Information Session - June 29, 2010

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Spokes
07-07-2010, 09:15 PM
A good update on the garage project over @ "Your Kitchener (http://www.kitchener.ca/pdf/yourkitnews_2010_jul_aug.pdf)" (p3). Worth the read for some info.

panamaniac
07-07-2010, 10:06 PM
Too bad the reconstruction of Hall's Lane will not include anything to "pedestrianize" it. I always think it would be a cool place to nip into a pub or cafe or browse in an antique shop or gallery.

UrbanWaterloo
09-01-2010, 12:38 PM
Kitchener Public Library Breaks Ground on Central Library Renovation & Expansion Project
September 1, 2010

Be part of KPL history! We invite you to share in our excitement as we begin construction on our new Central Library project. Join us on the front lawn of the Main Library at 85 Queen Street North for our official groundbreaking ceremony.

Following the groundbreaking ceremony, there will be a reception in our main floor lounge. Learn more about our project, view our library designs and talk to our project architects. Light refreshments will be provided, accompanied by live music courtesy of the KW Symphony. There will even be a fun craft for the kids!

When: Saturday, September 11, 2010 | starting at 12:00 noon (rain or shine)
Where: Kitchener Public Library – Front Lawn | 85 Queen St. N.

The exciting Central Library project will see the complete renovation of all three floors of the Library located at 85 Queen Street North. The renovation will include upgrades to electrical, mechanical and HVAC systems, along with the construction of a new 25,000 square foot addition to the rear of the building. To better accommodate parking needs for the library and other Civic District partners, the project will also include the construction of a 412 space, three-level underground parking garage.

The renovated and expanded Central Library will provide much needed space for KPL's current collections and services, and enable the library to accommodate for future growth. In keeping with ever-increasing environmental concerns, the new building will also be constructed to the highest standards of energy efficiency.

The completion date for the entire project is anticipated in early 2013.

Spokes
09-07-2010, 08:39 AM
Maystar General Contractors out of Concord, ON, is being awarded the tender for the project. Final numbers came in at $49,437,500

The best local option was Melloul-Blamey Construction Inc of Waterloo for $54,963,200.

More info can be found in this council doc: http://icalendar.esolutionsgroup.ca/Public/GetDocument.ashx?DocumentId=ad0126de-0a3e-4f66-be63-e5e26e0b7378&IsShare=True

T10-089 – Kitchener Public Main Branch Library Expansion and Parking Garage
REPORT TO: Mayor Carl Zehr & Members of Council
DATE OF REPORT: 2010-08-31 | DATE OF MEETING: 2010-09-07
PREPARED & SUBMITTED BY: Larry Gordon, Director of Supply Services
REPORT NO: FIN 10-135

RECOMMENDATION: That tender T10-089, Kitchener Public Main Branch Library Expansion and Parking Garage, be awarded to Maystar General Contractors Inc., Concord, Ontario at their tendered price of $43,400,000., plus H.S.T. of $5,642,000., plus the additional Regional Generator Room for $350,000., plus H.S.T. of $45,500., for a total of $49,437,500., and further that the Mayor and City Clerk be authorized to execute an agreement satisfactory to the City Solicitor.

BACKGROUND: The development of a 412 space below-ground parking structure as part of the Library expansion project will address the demand for parking generated by the Library, as well as partially satisfy the demand generated by the new Provincial Courthouse and Regional needs. Construction is expected to commence in late 2010, with completion of the garage in approximately the fall of 2012 and the Library in early 2013. Anticipated parking demands over this interim period are expected to be manageable. Extensive consultation with area properties, including the Centre in the Square for their evening parking needs, will ensure that any disruptions are minimized. The development of a communication program will keep the public informed of changes to Library services and parking availability as the project progresses. Council approved the Library Board’s recommendation to expand and renovate the existing Main Library in October 2008 and the project funding plan in November 2009. The project includes a 25,000 square foot addition and complete renovation of the existing 82,000 square foot facility. The revitalized and enlarged facility will serve as a city-wide resource and a neighbourhood branch for the growing downtown. In addition, it will support branch libraries distributed throughout the community. Construction will be phased to allow the library to operate during construction.

REPORT
The tender was advertised publicly in The Record, The Daily Commercial News and on the City of Kitchener website. Notification was sent to the seven (7) prequalified General Contractors. By the closing date of Thursday August 5th, 2010, two (2) tenders had been received. The tenders were reviewed by D. Warne, Levitt Goodman Architects and T. Polzin, The Walter Fedy Partnership, the City’s Consultants for the project, M. Petricevic, Manager of Project/Energy Management, J. McBride, Director of Transportation Planning, and S. Lewis, CEO, Kitchener Public Library, who concur with the above recommendation.

The Following Tenders Were Received
Maystar General Contractors Inc. Concord ON $49,042,000. *
Melloul-Blamey Construction Inc. Waterloo ON $54,963,200.

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS:
The City’s portion of the tender is $21,410,000., plus H.S.T. of $2,783,300., for a total of $24,193,300. and the Library’s portion of the tender is $22,340,000., plus H.S.T. of $2,904,200., for a total of $25,244,200.
Funding will be provided from Internal Order – 10458 - Civic District Parking Garage and Internal Order – 9714 - Kitchener Public Library Expansion
Financial reports are attached.
Budget estimate on City portion is $24,052,782.
Budget estimate on Library portion is $40,078,400.

* Any City surplus funds remaining at the end of the project will be used to reduce the debenture.
* Any Library surplus funds remaining at the end of the project will be closed out to the Development Charges Fund and General City Revenue.

UrbanWaterloo
09-12-2010, 11:14 AM
Groundbreaking Ceremony - September 11, 2010

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KPL CEO Sonia Lewis
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KPL Chairman of the Board Dan Carli
http://www.wonderfulwaterloo.com/wdrive/Developments/Kitchener/Downtown/KPL%20Central%20Library%20Renovation%20%26%20Expan sion/KPL%20Central%20Library%20Renovation%20%26%20Expan sion%20Groundbreaking%20-%20Ceremony%20-%205%20Resized.JPG

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panamaniac
09-12-2010, 11:55 AM
A very good day for Kitchener. :RpS_thumbup:

KevinL
11-23-2010, 08:20 PM
Pre-Construction - November 23, 2010

Preparation for construction is well in hand! The parking lot is now closed, though activity has yet to begin:
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4128/5202622425_852a2baa1e_z.jpg

The back wall on both floors has drywall hoardings up. Main floor:
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5201/5203216232_dcbfd9311b_z.jpg

Second floor:
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4089/5203214742_e19f62cb86_z.jpg

The reference wing is closed:
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4092/5203215648_91b2b0d279_z.jpg

A number of the big work tables, and the newspaper racks, are now in the front lounge on the main floor. This makes it a bit crowded:
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5089/5203216992_49a7456af9_z.jpg

The rear entrance is now only an emergency exit. That book drop is now closed as well; a new drop is installed in the front door to be used after-hours only.

With the closing of the reference wing, non-fiction is now VERY crowded; the upstairs stacks have next to no breathing space at the ends of shelves.

Looks like things are really getting going!

panamaniac
11-23-2010, 08:54 PM
Pre-Construction - November 23, 2010

.........A number of the big work tables, and the newspaper racks, are now in the front lounge on the main floor. This makes it a bit crowded:
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5089/5203216992_49a7456af9_z.jpg

.........

I have always thought that the mural "Enlightenment" in the Reading Room is one of the better bits of public art in Kitchener. It has a wonderful sort of Space Age optiimism to it that is very much of its time.

UrbanWaterloo
12-10-2010, 01:25 PM
December 9, 2010

http://www.wonderfulwaterloo.com/wdrive/Developments/Kitchener/Downtown/KPL%20Central%20Library%20Renovation%20&%20Expansion/KPL%20Central%20Library%20Renovation%20&%20Expansion%20-%20December%209,%202010%20-%202%20Resized.jpg

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Brando_T
12-10-2010, 06:39 PM
There was an excavator ripping up the pavement in the closed library parking lot today. Previously this week demolition was started in the overhanging portion in the right photo above.

I learned today that the next step will be the installation of a new sewer pipe along the current entrance to the Division 1 parking lot. After backfilling this pipe, the remainder of the Division 1 parking lot - the parking lot shown before the fence in the right photo - will be excavated down 2.5 storeys - I didn't realize that construction would encroach into the WRPS lot.

Access to the rear of the Regional HQ will be through the City of Kitchener lot, Ahrens street along the Library is to be closed.

UrbanWaterloo
12-17-2010, 09:11 PM
Thanks for the update Brando_T, here's a photo of the sewer pipe installation:

December 16, 2010

http://www.wonderfulwaterloo.com/wdrive/Developments/Kitchener/Downtown/KPL%20Central%20Library%20Renovation%20&%20Expansion/KPL%20Central%20Library%20Renovation%20&%20Expansion%20-%20December%2016,%202010%20Resized.JPG

Spokes
12-18-2010, 07:29 AM
Im surprised they haven't filled in and paved the lot at Weber and Scott, that was supposed to be a temporary parking lot for this project.

UrbanWaterloo
12-31-2010, 08:03 AM
December 28, 2010

http://www.wonderfulwaterloo.com/wdrive/Developments/Kitchener/Downtown/KPL%20Central%20Library%20Renovation%20&%20Expansion/KPL%20Central%20Library%20Renovation%20&%20Expansion%20-%20December%2028,%202010%20-%201%20Resized.JPG

Spokes
12-31-2010, 09:04 AM
Rear section of Library set to be demolished
December 31, 2010 | by Dave Berman, Wonderful Waterloo Staff
In recent weeks small amounts of construction have signalled the start of the Kitchener Public Library’s central branch expansion and renovation. In coming weeks things will heat up a bit.

For the past month contractors have been busy with interior demolition and prepping the site. Now things move outdoors.

Starting on or about January 3, contractors will begin demolishing the rear portion of the library. Once demolished, work can begin on the underground parking structure and then the two-storey, 25,000-square-foot addition.

With the rear of the building closed off for construction, the rear drop box has been moved to the Queen Street entrance and is now only available when the library is closed.

As well as getting a much needed 25,000-square-foot addition, the main library renovation will see the whole building get a new façade, in particular the Queen Street side which will be covered in glass. This will allow light to flood the library. While this new look will be much more modern than the current library look, the glass will allow the past to still be evident.

The three level underground parking garage is slated to be completed in May 2011. Once it is finished work can commence on the addition which will sit on top of the garage. The whole project is anticipated to be finished in December 2012 with a grand opening the following spring.

Kitchener Public Library staff reminds everyone that while the Library will remain open during the work, there will be some additional noise to deal with.

Spokes
12-31-2010, 09:14 AM
I really hope they landscape Ahrens St really well and put a bunch of seating, it could be quite nice there.

Come to think of it, with the rear parking lot now non-existant, is there even a need for that part of Ahrens st?

KevinL
12-31-2010, 10:44 AM
Come to think of it, with the rear parking lot now non-existant, is there even a need for that part of Ahrens st?

I think the police still want it in place.

Spokes
12-31-2010, 11:13 AM
I think the police still want it in place.

Oh ok. Ya taking a second look at the drawings there will be access from Ahrens to their parking lot behind Division 1 (and on a side note, Division 1 could use a kick ass flagship office there on Frederick)

Brando_T
01-04-2011, 02:16 PM
Ahrens street will be closed during the construction, although pedestrian access will be maintained. Access to the rear of Division 1 and Regional AHQ will be along the back edge of the Regional building - a concrete retaining wall at the back of the Regional building was demolished before Christmas, and other obstacles were removed at the same time.

The sewer work at the back of Division 1 is almost complete, I imagine the parking lot will be back in service within a week or two.

Brando_T
01-04-2011, 02:47 PM
Actually, looking at the structural steel stored onsite , I believe I was incorrect - the bulk of the division 1 parking lot will be closed for quite some time.

Spokes
01-04-2011, 04:21 PM
I was under the impression that the closure of the division 1 parking lot was why they were going to build a temporary lot at Weber and Scott.

mikeyp
01-04-2011, 04:39 PM
Does anyone else think this timeline for the garage is a bit ambitious? They're only giving themselves 5 months to build this thing.

Waterlooer
01-04-2011, 08:27 PM
Does anyone else think this timeline for the garage is a bit ambitious? They're only giving themselves 5 months to build this thing.

Yeah, that seems too soon for me too, but I don't know a lot about construction timetables...

KevinL
01-12-2011, 08:37 PM
The Library's Facebook account has some excellent pics (http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=52034&id=120464711298041) of roof demolition and underground-support-drilling, taken from a height on the Region building.

Brando_T
01-13-2011, 10:20 AM
Ahrens street is now closed. the alternate access to the back of the Regional HQ is now in service.

Brando_T
01-20-2011, 11:46 AM
A picture showing the demolition progress as of today

http://i53.tinypic.com/2njvn2s.jpg

Spokes
01-20-2011, 12:51 PM
Wow, almost hard to recognize at first glance. Thanks for the photo.

Duke-of-Waterloo
01-20-2011, 10:43 PM
A picture showing the demolition progress as of today

http://i53.tinypic.com/2njvn2s.jpg

Lol, reminds me of this:

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Spokes
01-27-2011, 09:52 AM
Roads around library closed
January 27, 2011 | Dave Berman, Wonderful Waterloo Staff

As a result of the coming construction of a three level underground parking garage behind the Kitchener Public Library’s main branch, people in the Civic District will have to deal with some temporary road closures.

Effective Monday, January 24th, Ahrens Street will be closed from the corner of Queen Street for approximately three weeks. Also, effective Wednesday, January 26th, Queen Street will be closed from Weber Street to Margaret Street for approximately three days.

In addition, Ahrens Street from Young to Queen and Roy Street from Young to Queen will also be closed for the same three day period that Queen Street is closed.

The closures are required to accommodate storm and water line work that will connect with the parking garage.

During the road closures, KPL users will be able to access the Centre-in-the-Square parking lot (parking lot number 19) from Otto Street.

The road closures will not disrupt the library's hours as they will be open as usual.

The three level underground parking garage is slated to be completed in May 2011. Once it is finished work can commence on a 25,000-square-foot addition to the main branch. The addition will sit on top of the garage. The whole project is anticipated to be finished in December 2012 with a grand opening the following spring.

van Hemessen
01-27-2011, 12:31 PM
This road closure is totally messing with my commute:RpS_thumbdn::RpS_thumbdn: Let us hope the job is done quickly and efficiently.

Shawn
01-27-2011, 06:23 PM
I discovered this on Wednesday ... the inconvenient way! I was a bit annoyed at the detour but soon got over it when I remembered it means they're making progress on the construction! :RpS_thumbup:

Urbanomicon
01-27-2011, 08:51 PM
I'm surprised that they have to close Queen Street. Perhaps they are running additional underground utilities?

Spokes
01-27-2011, 08:56 PM
I discovered this on Wednesday ... the inconvenient way! I was a bit annoyed at the detour but soon got over it when I remembered it means they're making progress on the construction! :RpS_thumbup:

And this is why we should always check Wonderful Waterloo before going anywhere ;)

Spokes
01-27-2011, 09:01 PM
I'm surprised that they have to close Queen Street. Perhaps they are running additional underground utilities?

Ya that's my guess. Or tie in with existing ones.

KevinL
01-27-2011, 10:35 PM
I'm surprised that they have to close Queen Street. Perhaps they are running additional underground utilities?

"unexpected water line work", according to their Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/kitchenerlibrary).

Brando_T
01-28-2011, 12:30 PM
This week's picture...demolition is complete, debris is being trucked away. Sewer work on Ahrens street is complete, or at least paused while debris is trucked away. Caisson work by the courthouse wall is ongoing.

http://i52.tinypic.com/8xlilj.jpg

Spokes
01-28-2011, 12:34 PM
Wow, really gives you an idea of how big the addition will be later on. I wonder when we'll see a big hole in the ground?

Thanks for the update!

Urbanomicon
01-28-2011, 12:38 PM
Very impressive. The floor plans can be found here (http://www.kpl.org/central/pl_schematic.html).

I wonder what they will be using the new theatre for.

Brando_T
01-28-2011, 12:54 PM
That theatre is existing, in place already.

I don't think it's particularly well known in the community. It's cheap to rent, $75 I think.

Spokes
01-28-2011, 01:06 PM
That theatre is existing, in place already.

I don't think it's particularly well known in the community. It's cheap to rent, $75 I think.

Ya I had no idea. Maybe the'll renovate it and make better use of it. I'd love to see weekly or monthly speakers brought in.

Brando_T
01-28-2011, 02:11 PM
Not sure about right now, during construction, but KPL regularly used it for presentations/speakers. They would occasionally broadcasts from the NYC Y, as well as having local professors, etc speak.

Spokes
01-28-2011, 02:21 PM
Not sure about right now, during construction, but KPL regularly used it for presentations/speakers. They would occasionally broadcasts from the NYC Y, as well as having local professors, etc speak.

I had no idea. Let me rephrase then. Keep doing that, plus more, and actually tell people this time, market it.

mpd618
01-28-2011, 02:49 PM
Ya I had no idea. Maybe the'll renovate it and make better use of it. I'd love to see weekly or monthly speakers brought in.

The Waterloo Region Food Systems Roundtable held their Healthy Food System (http://www.wrfoodsystem.ca/kpl) series of talks there, which are now at the Forest Heights branch.

Brando_T
02-11-2011, 10:33 AM
Today's picture. Lots going on today, from the left edge:
- excavators starting the parking garage excavation. A jackhammer equipped excavator is assisting in breaking up frozen earth. If you look closely you can see the closely spaced caissons that the foundation machine dug and filled with concrete. Once they excavate a bit farther reinforcing rods will be driven in at a horizontal angle to further retain the courthouse wall.

- The green "caisson driller" is moving drilling the retaining caissons along the east-west edge of the excavation. Each of these caissons have a huge I-beam inserted into them just after concrete is poured. Unlike the courthouse wall these are on a 4-6 foot spacing. 4"x4" wooden will be used as a retaining wall between the caissons.

- insulation and a yellow wrap is being installed on the exposed library wall.

- At the base of that library wall is the existing mechanical room, which is in use now and in the future. workers are laying tar and roofing paper over the concrete to stop the leakage into this room that has been occurring.

Future work: There still must be a tie-in from the sewer work that was done on Ahrens street out to Queen street, which will involve disrupting queen traffic. This will be done once it warms up.


http://i52.tinypic.com/2ccl7dg.jpg

Spokes
02-11-2011, 03:11 PM
How far over is the underground garage supposed to go? (To the right in the picture)

Brando_T
02-12-2011, 06:55 PM
3 stories apparently

Spokes
02-13-2011, 07:18 AM
Sorry, let me clarify, how wide, how far north will it go into the parking lot?

KevinL
02-13-2011, 10:15 AM
Sorry, let me clarify, how wide, how far north will it go into the parking lot?

Per the site plan (http://www.kpl.org/central/images/schematics/Parking_Aerial.jpg), to the edge of the existing surface lot.

Spokes
02-13-2011, 10:30 AM
Per the site plan (http://www.kpl.org/central/images/schematics/Parking_Aerial.jpg), to the edge of the existing surface lot.

That's what I thought, I was surprised that part wasn't fenced off too. Or are they doing it in phases?

Brando_T
02-14-2011, 10:57 AM
I believe phase 1 is only library addition and underground lot beneath it, and phase 2 is the underground lot under the existing surface lot.

Spokes
02-14-2011, 11:24 AM
I believe phase 1 is only library addition and underground lot beneath it, and phase 2 is the underground lot under the existing surface lot.

You're right, I should really read what I post....



Renovation Timeline:

October 2008 - Kitchener City Council approves plan to renovate and expand Main Library at 85 Queen Street

May 25, 2009 - Kitchener City Council approves awarding contract for consultation and design services to Levitt Goodman Architects, in association with The Walter Fedy Partnership and Philip H. Carter Architect.

June 2009 - Design Phase begins

November 2009 - Public sharing of Schematic Designs for renovated and expanded Main Library

December 2009 - Preparation of Detailed Design

February 2010 - Public sharing of Detailed Designs

Spring 2010 - Project construction contracts awarded

September 2010 - Official groundbreaking ceremony. Saturday, September 11 at 12:00 noon

Fall 2010 - Construction begins on Main Library site, starting with phase one of the underground parking garage (the portion under the current library)

May 2011 - Construction begins on library addition

September 2011 - Phase one of the underground parking garage completed; phase two of the underground garage (the portion under the adjacent park) begins

May 2012 - Phase two of the underground parking garage completed; library renovation begins

January 2013 - Library renovation and expansion completed
http://www.kpl.org/central/prg_project.html (http://www.kpl.org/central/prg_project.html)

UrbanWaterloo
02-17-2011, 06:13 AM
Excavation is going fairly well...


February 15, 2011

http://www.wonderfulwaterloo.com/wdrive/Developments/Kitchener/Downtown/KPL%20Central%20Library%20Renovation%20&%20Expansion/KPL%20Central%20Library%20Renovation%20&%20Expansion%20-%20February%2015,%202011%20-%201%20Resized.jpg

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Brando_T
03-02-2011, 11:59 AM
http://i55.tinypic.com/30djom1.jpg

A pic from yesterday. Excavation continues. The large green foundation borer is idle now...it's being kept on site, so I assume it will be used again in the future.

A piece of equipment is driving reinforcing rods at a horizontal angle into the reinforcing wall under the courthouse wall.

markster
03-02-2011, 10:30 PM
The excavation has also progressed where the ramp will decend into the parking garage. You can kinda start to imagine what the approach will look like.

RangersFan
04-09-2011, 01:00 PM
April 9, 2011
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UWaterloo
04-10-2011, 04:54 PM
Thanks to those posting all the photo updates. Great to see Kitchener getting the library it deserves. I used to live in those white towers across the road so great to see the progress. I spend many hours in that library and even more in Dana Porter. LOL

UrbanWaterloo
04-27-2011, 06:05 AM
April 25, 2011

http://wonderfulwaterloo.com/wdrive/Developments/Kitchener/Downtown/KPL%20Central%20Library%20Renovation%20&%20Expansion/KPL%20Central%20Library%20Renovation%20&%20Expansion%20-%20April%2025,%202011%20-%202%20Resized.JPG

KevinL
04-27-2011, 08:28 AM
That is one big hole.

UrbanWaterloo
05-02-2011, 07:03 PM
Kitchener Public Library Art
Community and Infrastructure Services Committee
Dated: April 14, 2011 | Date Of Meeting: May 2, 2011
Report No.: CSD-11-060 (http://icalendar.esolutionsgroup.ca/Public/GetDocument.ashx?DocumentId=f19acaa3-03c9-478f-ab73-ba6d667ad868&IsShare=True)

RECOMMENDATION

That the commission and installation of artwork at the Kitchener Public Library, titled “Flux”, be approved; and,

That the Mayor and Clerk be authorised to execute an agreement, satisfactory to the City Solicitor, with Edward Lam and Deborah Moss outlining the obligations of the library public art commission.

BACKGROUND

The City of Kitchener’s public art program installs site-specific works of art at newly constructed facilities such as libraries, community centres, fire stations, parking garages, and other civic buildings to which the public has access. These art works, to date, have been permanent installations, in a wide variety of styles and materials with a preference for innovation, responsiveness to the site and public engagement, as well as low-maintenance and durability.
The library project is eligible for public art through the City of Kitchener’s public art/percent for art program, guided by Public Art Policy I-816.

The current library at 85 Queen Street was built in 1962. In 2008, in order to adequately meet the needs of Kitchener’s present and future population, Council approved the expansion of the library. The project consultant is Levitt Goodman Architects Ltd. in association with The Walter Fedy Partnership and Phillip H. Carter Architect. The building will maintain some of the heritage of its original form: the design of the 1962 façade will be preserved through the addition of a glass envelope keeping the building’s original exterior visible. As a major cultural institution, the library is a well-used public amenity, with a wide range of programming drawing large audiences. It is the ideal setting for a large public art work.

REPORT

Competition

A two-stage public art competition was announced in March 2010. Fifty-three applicants were considered by the jury in April 2010. Five artists were then short-listed to proceed to the second stage. The jury met for the second time on May 27 to review the detailed design proposals created by the short-listed candidates. Jury members were: Janna Levitt, Sonia Lewis, Christina Weylie, Gordon Hatt, Brian Dietrich, Leslie Drysdale and Senta Ross. The jury selected the proposal “Flux” (Appendix “A”) by Edward Lam and Deborah Moss as the winning entry. The jury’s selection was supported in a motion by the Public Art Working Group at its meeting on June 14, 2010, followed by an endorsement by the Arts and Culture Advisory Committee on June 15.

A subsequent technical review of Moss and Lam’s proposal required the artists to research and select a suitable material for their sculpture. A further technical review was conducted in March and April 2011 and the material, Roscolux, was approved at that time. Roscolux is comprised of co-extruded polycarbonate plastic and polyester. Squares of this material will be suspended on 1500 fluorocarbon lines attached to a metal frame on the ceiling.

Concept
The artists state that “Flux” symbolizes transformation and dissemination. Their concept was inspired by printed book pages – the historical foundation of library services. Today, the library interacts with the community on the basis of the written word, the electronic word, and the heard word, offering services and opportunities for information, education, entertainment and social participation. The sharing of knowledge and community is symbolized by the fluid wave-form of the sculpture and its thousands of elements.

Location
The sculpture will be suspended from the atrium ceiling. The atrium is located in the foyer area, extends the height of the two-storeys, and is surrounded with a walkway at the second-floor level. Clerestory windows below the roof line flood the area with natural light.

Installation
Construction of the new library will continue through 2012. The art work will be installed whenconstruction is complete, estimated at January 2013.

ALIGNMENT WITH CITY OF KITCHENER STRATEGIC PLAN

The public art program and its various projects contribute to Kitchener’s “Quality of Life” in making our public spaces stimulating and beautiful, showing pride in our community and providing easy access to arts and culture.
The process for public art projects includes fair, public processes that ensure accountability - “Efficient and Effective Government”.
The public art program is designed to offer opportunities for public participation on many levels including artists’ competitions, juries, committee support, and installations in accessible public places - “Leadership and Engagement”.
The City also acknowledges arts and culture as a factor critical to the health of the community through support for the goals and objectives of Culture Plan II.


FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS
This public art project is funded at the $150,000 level in accordance with Public Art Policy I-816 from the construction costs of the new library. The art work commission is budgeted at $125,000. Installation and administration are budgeted at $25,000.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

The processes of the City’s public art program include:

Advertised, public call for proposals;
Local citizens and visual arts professionals on jury;
Public Art Working Group monitors the public art program and its various projects;
Arts and Culture Advisory Committee and Public Art Working Group endorse the jury selection.



http://wonderfulwaterloo.com/wdrive/Developments/Kitchener/Downtown/KPL%20Central%20Library%20Renovation%20&%20Expansion/CSD-11-060%20-%201.jpg

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Brando_T
05-03-2011, 08:41 AM
Speaking with the flagman yesterday at Ahrens and Queen, they are taking a total of 7000 loads out of that hole.

The ramp that was built (and currently being used) is temporary, at some point it will be removed and trucks will access through the gap between the Library and the Provincial offences courthouse.

UrbanWaterloo
05-15-2011, 05:30 PM
May 13, 2011

http://wonderfulwaterloo.com/wdrive/Developments/Kitchener/Downtown/KPL%20Central%20Library%20Renovation%20&%20Expansion/KPL%20Central%20Library%20Renovation%20&%20Expansion%20-%20May%2013,%202011%20-%202%20Resized.jpg

Waterloo Region Consolidated Courthouse (http://www.wonderfulwaterloo.com/showthread.php?t=28&p=29672#post29672) under construction on the left.
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UrbanWaterloo
06-01-2011, 12:11 PM
The crane is up!

May 31, 2011

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RangersFan
06-01-2011, 03:33 PM
Very cool, I did not expect this project to have a tower crane. Today however I noticed another crane hovering over Downtown but I wasn't sure what it was for, thanks for the photos.

Waterlooer
06-02-2011, 07:15 AM
The crane is up!

I saw you mentioned the crane in the council meeting! :RpS_tongue:

Brando_T
06-18-2011, 10:09 AM
The crane was used this week to remove an elevator from the 150 Frederick Regional HQ building.

Some pictures from yesterday. Some excavation still continuing, although two sumps have been installed to keep the excavation drained

http://i.imgur.com/ukznV.jpg

Concrete is being poured, in this shot you can see walls going up on the far southwest corner

http://i.imgur.com/kEsH2.jpg (http://imgur.com/kEsH2)

Greg Moore
06-18-2011, 11:28 AM
It may be an unpopular opinion, but investing in a library at this time in history feels somewhat short sighted to me. I realize there is a certain draw to free physical reading and multimedia material, but I feel libraries are fast on their way to becoming book museums.

The public space is an asset, but my vision of a modern library is free city-wide WiFi, rentable computers and e-readers, and public space to use them. The space for community use could be a new community center.

What am I missing?

plam
06-18-2011, 11:37 AM
It may be an unpopular opinion, but investing in a library at this time in history feels somewhat short sighted to me. I realize there is a certain draw to free physical reading and multimedia material, but I feel libraries are fast on their way to becoming book museums.

The public space is an asset, but my vision of a modern library is free city-wide WiFi, rentable computers and e-readers, and public space to use them. The space for community use could be a new community center.

What am I missing?

Expertise of library staff, accessible to the public.

KevinL
06-18-2011, 11:49 AM
This expansion isnt't so much for a growing collection (though there is some of that), it's easier access to public computers, open reading space, and (as plam said) ease of consulting information professionals.

panamaniac
06-18-2011, 12:38 PM
..............What am I missing?

That public libraries have never been busier?

DHLawrence
06-18-2011, 01:51 PM
Libraries also provide parents with a place to bring their bored children, especially in the summer with the various programs they offer such as crafts and reading time. Cambridge Libraries also offers art classes, concerts, and ESL classes at some of its branches.

markster
06-18-2011, 02:00 PM
I feel libraries are fast on their way to becoming book museums.
I'm not sure of the last time you went to a library, but their collections of non-book items are steadily growing. i.e. CDs, DVDs, audio books, ebooks.

As has been stated, computer access is another big thing for libraries now. You might be surprised, but not everyone has the internet at home yet.

UrbanWaterloo
07-09-2011, 10:37 AM
July 7, 2011

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UrbanWaterloo
08-02-2011, 06:39 AM
July 29, 2011

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UrbanWaterloo
08-13-2011, 01:06 PM
August 9, 2011

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UrbanWaterloo
08-31-2011, 12:47 PM
2nd floor of the underground...

August 30, 2011

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UrbanWaterloo
11-09-2011, 02:13 PM
November 8, 2011

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UrbanWaterloo
12-01-2011, 04:03 PM
Lots of workers on site today and a ton of progress since the last update.


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UrbanWaterloo
01-23-2012, 06:07 AM
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bcwessel
01-25-2012, 03:16 PM
Here's a before-and-after photo posted on the KPL's facebook page this morning, showing the progress that's been made over the past 12 months:

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UWaterloo
02-01-2012, 04:45 PM
When I lived in Kitchener it was during the period when the library was considered for the Centre Block area....and of course that didn't happen. Great to see its present site get a much needed expansion. Can't wait to see it finished....and for Kitchener to have decent library at long last.

UrbanWaterloo
02-06-2012, 05:17 PM
Starting to frame in the new addition...

February 6, 2012

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Lugnut
02-07-2012, 09:10 AM
It would have looked cool if they did 3 or 4 stories with the addition to give a step down effect.

Might be a bit overkill for now, but it's a preemptive strike against needing more space down the road.

UrbanWaterloo
03-13-2012, 02:11 PM
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04-15-2012, 07:35 PM
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KevinL
04-15-2012, 09:08 PM
Wow, that's looking to be a nice, open second story. Great stuff!

KevinL
06-02-2012, 09:40 PM
June 2, 2012

Had some time during a visit today to grab some shots of the progress. First up, we can see that the entry ramp to underground parking will have glass walls:

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Then around back, the structural supports are now out and we can see the open space and high ceilings of the rear addition - simply gorgeous:

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SP!RE
06-02-2012, 09:42 PM
Great update :)

panamaniac
06-03-2012, 12:12 PM
Will there be a walkway from Queen St to the courtyard along the Gaol wall? I am assuming that there must be (certainly hope so), but it isn't really clear to me from any of the photos or from the renderings.

KevinL
06-03-2012, 09:25 PM
Will there be a walkway from Queen St to the courtyard along the Gaol wall? I am assuming that there must be (certainly hope so), but it isn't really clear to me from any of the photos or from the renderings.

Their ground floor plan (http://www.kpl.org/central/images/schematics/GroundFloor.jpg) appears to rule that out.

KevinL
06-14-2012, 10:52 AM
Crane is coming down today.

UrbanWaterloo
07-07-2012, 01:41 PM
Exterior walls going up...

July 6, 2012

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KevinL
07-07-2012, 05:31 PM
Notices are up within the library that the underground parking will open effective next Thursday! The surface lot to the north will then close so excavation can start for phase 2 of the garage.

SP!RE
07-14-2012, 07:28 PM
Great updates everyone!

The details on this one look good... the black and white striped precast cladding, the glass we've seen so far, even the garage door all look nice and crisp and modern. Looking forward to more! :)

Drake
08-23-2012, 10:29 AM
Not sure who here has used the underground parking at this location yet. I parked there today and found it underwhelming. First thing I noticed was signs for barrier free parking. I apparently didn't get the memo that barrier free parking means handicapped parking everywhere else. Not sure if this naming is used elsewhere but I found it confusing.

Second, the ramps between levels are very narrow. They expect traffic to travel in both directions on ramps that can only accommodate one car width! A car and a half if you are generous. If you see the ramp between P1 and P2 you will understand. There is nowhere to pull to the side and let another vehicle go by either.

I also found the paring layout to be odd. There seems to be lots of wasted space somehow. The area underground is a fair size but looks like it should hold more cars than it currently does.

Finally I know this is a work in progress but findng the machine to actually pay for the parking was very difficult if yoU are not here for the library.

I am hoping to see some improvements when it is finished, but I really think they blew it on the ramps.

KevinL
08-23-2012, 11:22 AM
The main thing to remember about the garage is that it's currently only half its final size; they're currently excavating the other side. I don't know much about its interior layout, but it may well be that there will be a second set of ramps installed there which would allow each set to be unidirectional. Anyone know any more details?

UrbanWaterloo
08-25-2012, 11:23 AM
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The Comeback Kid
08-28-2012, 09:41 AM
It's really coming together! I haven't been by in ages... looks like it's time to pack up the Fam and watch some construction!

UrbanWaterloo
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panamaniac
12-05-2012, 08:04 AM
Although understandable give the state of the police budget, it seems unfortunate that the underground parking was not extended to the police station parking area - the whole space between the library, police station and old prison wall would make a very nice plaza.

Drake
12-05-2012, 11:54 AM
Although understandable give the state of the police budget, it seems unfortunate that the underground parking was not extended to the police station parking area...

I am sure the library renovation didn't come out of the library budget

panamaniac
12-05-2012, 12:58 PM
True. Perhaps only in time, but some day I would love to see the Region and the City working to eliminate the surface parking at the corner of Weber and Frederick, behind the police station, inside the gaol walls and in front of he Gaol Governor's house. I think it could be a beautiful area.

panamaniac
12-28-2012, 07:16 AM
From today's Record:


Terry Pender, Record staff Thu Dec 27 2012 19:48:00




Central library’s new wing to open in Januaryhttp://media.therecord.com/images/63/e7/dfb745404a10bdd2c1a00dfe1873.jpg Construction superintendent Domenic Trichilo (right) and library CEO Sonia Lewis, whown here in August, check the progress of the expansion of the Kitchener Public Library main branch.
Mathew McCarthy/Record staff file photo




KITCHENER — The new wing at the central library on Queen Street North should be packed with books and open to the public by mid-January, while extensive renovations begin on the original building.

That was supposed to happen in mid-November. The milestone was pushed back by delays to the $40-million project that greatly expands the main branch, adds an underground parking garage and transforms the existing 51-year-old building into a model of 21st century efficiency and accessibility.

“It’s just a very, very complex project,” said Sonia Lewis, the library’s chief executive officer. “We want to do it right.”

http://www.therecord.com/news/local/article/860574--central-library-s-new-wing-to-open-in-january

SP!RE
02-04-2013, 07:21 PM
What's this looking like now, folks?

UrbanWaterloo
02-08-2013, 03:05 PM
February 6, 2013

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Scribbler
02-09-2013, 10:22 AM
It took UrbanWaterloo 10,000 words (or 10 pictures) -- after that I think I can sum it up in just one: Incredible!

UrbanWaterloo
02-20-2013, 07:28 AM
Main Library - Temporary Closure
Kitchener Public Library | Link (http://www.kpl.org/central/prg_services.html#closure)

Due to construction, the Main Library will TEMPORARILY CLOSE on February 20, 2013 for approximately three weeks.

This closure is to accommodate the temporary relocation of all Main Library operations into our completed Central Library addition so that renovation work can begin on the original library building.

All other KPL locations will remain open as usual.

During the temporary closure, Main Library collections will not be available for borrowing or reservation. However, as an
accommodation, the loan period for borrowed Main Library materials has been extended. Materials can still be returned
to the Main Library via the exterior book drop during the closure. Main Library customers will be individually contacted
regarding their holds pickup options.

During this temporary closure, we invite Main Library users to drop by one of our four Community Libraries. Each of our four Community Libraries has extensive collections . . . and free parking! Borrowed items may be returned to any KPL location.

During the temporary closure of the Main Library, Sunday service will be available at our Forest Heights Community Library. Sunday service will begin at the Forest Heights Library on Sunday, February 24th. Sunday service will resume at the Central Library once we re-open in the new addition later in March.

New Central Library Addition - Temporary Access

Once the Main Library re-opens in the new addition, the public entrance and book return will temporarily be re-located off Ahrens Street for the remainder of our renovation work.

Hourly parking is available in the completed first phase of the underground parking garage, with access via Queen Street. Direct elevator and stairwell access from the new underground parking garage into the new library addition will also be available. Metered parking is available along Ahrens and Roy Streets, with some accessible surface parking at the corner of Ahrens and Queen Streets.

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panamaniac
02-20-2013, 08:12 AM
I'm a bit puzzled about the second floor addition on the Ahrens St side of the library. Will the work begin only after the original library has been renovated, does anyone know?

KevinL
02-20-2013, 01:11 PM
I'm a bit puzzled about the second floor addition on the Ahrens St side of the library. Will the work begin only after the original library has been renovated, does anyone know?

Above the current children's department? I understand that's all in Phase 2 (the renovation starting in 3 weeks).

benton
02-21-2013, 09:05 PM
looks good and i will be going to see it once it's finished. last time i went was probably more than 10yrs ago.

KevinL
03-22-2013, 04:18 PM
Opened this morning!

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Glorious high ceilings on the second floor.

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The stonework of the old south wall has been retained (those drywall panels are temporary until Phase 2 is done).

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Speaking of Phase 2, the front end is already busily under way...

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panamaniac
03-22-2013, 06:51 PM
I am looking forward to seeing the result of blowing out the wall of windows of the reading room. On the one hand, I like the idea of an expanded space and the fact that the original stone wall will be preserved. On the other, I am not sure how the "glass box" in front of the current wall is going to look. I will be hoping for the best.

MikeeJ
03-27-2013, 12:15 PM
Opened this morning!

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Glorious high ceilings on the second floor.

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The stonework of the old south wall has been retained (those drywall panels are temporary until Phase 2 is done).

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Speaking of Phase 2, the front end is already busily under way...

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:RpS_sad::RpS_sad:Holy moly...I sure hope that awfull looking wood deck is only temp. I would not even use that design on a deck...it should be glass and metal to match the interior one....

Lens
03-27-2013, 12:33 PM
:RpS_sad::RpS_sad:Holy moly...I sure hope that awfull looking wood deck is only temp. I would not even use that design on a deck...it should be glass and metal to match the interior one....

It is temporary, the main entrance on Queen st will be back in use once the original library is done being renovated.

Bristolman
03-27-2013, 03:05 PM
It's really starting to come along! It was looking rough.

MikeeJ
03-27-2013, 03:36 PM
:RpS_biggrin:Thanks Lens...kind of thought so....

KevinL
03-27-2013, 10:44 PM
It also has temporary furniture, temporary shelving... basically a bunch of the old fixtures moved into the new part of the building. Most of it is due to be replaced/moved on the completion of phase 2.

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04-09-2013, 11:04 PM
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panamaniac
05-01-2013, 09:18 AM
I noticed today that the windows of the reading room have now been taken out. I look forward to seeing the new glass wall added to the front. It won't make the reading room much bigger, but it should be even brighter and airier than the original version.

panamaniac
05-08-2013, 10:15 AM
Today:

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KevinL
05-08-2013, 12:05 PM
Wow, you can see clear through! That's what you call a gut.

panamaniac
06-15-2013, 05:12 PM
You should see it now! The old children's section toward Ahrens St is literally just the two outer walls, propped up to keep them from toppling.

There is also digging taking place out the back - the space between the new backside of the KPL and the police station is crying out to be a courtyard or parkette, but is slated to be parking for the police. Really, really too bad, imho.

RangersFan
06-23-2013, 11:26 AM
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panamaniac
07-15-2013, 06:59 AM
The footings have now gone in for the new curtain wall in front of the Reading Room. This from yesterday morning:

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There's not much left of the old Children's Library - just the shell for the two storey build:

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Lugnut
07-15-2013, 09:26 AM
Really excited for this to be complete. I hope they use this project as a catalyst for development of the civic district sooner rather than later.

YKF
07-15-2013, 09:27 PM
Speaking of Civic District, how does an officially designated mixed-use corridor on either Queen St. N or Frederick St. sound? Either of those always made sense to me (in addition to the other designated mixed use corridors of Belmont, Victoria St. N...).

panamaniac
07-15-2013, 10:11 PM
That would be a huge challenge on Queen St, given the quality of the old housing stock (enough damage has been done over the years). To some extent, Frederick St between Weber and Lancaster (and beyond) is already "mixed use", although not if you're looking for retail. The problem there is that the institutional "gaps" would make it very difficult to tie the strip together. Some of the houses that have been converted into offices could, I suppose, incorporate restaurants or some retail. I've sometimes looked at the Registry Theatre and wondered whether there wouldn't be some way to incorporate a café into the property, but it's pretty limited space. I absolutely could see much better use being made of the corner of Weber and Frederick and the walled gaol yard than the police parking lot that currently graces that area. Maybe the Regional HQ could take a cue from City Hall and start bringing in food trucks and music!

One thing that could make a big difference to the whole area is whatever is done with the (now empty?) provincial courthouse at Frederick and Lancaster. I've heard that the City may be thinking vaguely in terms of cultural or educational uses, but I don't thing it's anything close to reality at this point.

Lugnut
07-15-2013, 10:18 PM
There would have to be numerous exceptions. My guess is it's not worth it.

KevinL
07-27-2013, 01:01 PM
The structural steel for the second-story expansion over the former children's department is going up:

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panamaniac
08-18-2013, 07:18 AM
As of 17 August:

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panamaniac
08-26-2013, 02:37 PM
No pics today, but the steel frame for the new glass wall of the reading room is now going up. I imagine that it will be in place by the end of this week.

panamaniac
09-08-2013, 01:02 PM
September 8, 2013.

In addition to the frame of the new front of the reading room, the framing for the new reading room ceiling has also gone up.

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Pheidippides
10-25-2013, 12:00 AM
Some exterior glass has started to go up along the old children's wing side.
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SP!RE
10-26-2013, 08:00 AM
I'm not convinced by the architects' enclosure of the old facade in a glass "jewelbox". It suffocates the old facade and detracts from its lines and geometries (curtain-wall with a flat roofline, directly above the much more interesting and articulated peaked roof pattern in the existing facade), and I'm still in doubt that the glass will be transparent enough to really see and enjoy the old facade.

I think that solution can work, but the execution and application here is wrong.

Aside from that, the project itself is much-needed and very good for Kitchener though, so I'm pleased from that standpoint.

DHLawrence
10-26-2013, 05:05 PM
The library in a bottle approach worked in Hespeler.

JaySee
10-27-2013, 10:25 AM
The library in a bottle approach worked in Hespeler.

Apparently not everyone agrees. I was looking for a picture and found this rant against the renovations there, but personally I think that looks pretty cool. I'll have to go check that out sometime.

Anyone know more details about the alleged issues with the glass in Hespeler?

BuildingScout
10-27-2013, 09:26 PM
Apparently not everyone agrees. I was looking for a picture and found this rant against the renovations there, but personally I think that looks pretty cool. I'll have to go check that out sometime.

Did you read the rest of this dude's blog? This guy is a crackpot.

Pheidippides
12-02-2013, 08:07 AM
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panamaniac
12-02-2013, 08:34 AM
I'm looking forward to seeing the effect of this glass box on the library's reading room. It won't actually be much larger, but I'm thinking that the end effect should be very light and airy. Perhaps more successful inside than outside, although the exterior is not bad.

markster
12-02-2013, 09:45 AM
They were taking down some of the construction fencing around the stage 2 parking garage today.

KevinL
12-02-2013, 01:29 PM
I'm looking forward to seeing the effect of this glass box on the library's reading room. It won't actually be much larger, but I'm thinking that the end effect should be very light and airy. Perhaps more successful inside than outside, although the exterior is not bad.

The room itself won't be bigger, but it will be roomier as the fiction stacks that had been in the east end of the room no longer need to be there.

It should be quite impressive.

KevinL
03-10-2014, 05:31 PM
March 10, 2014

Main Library Temporary Closure Construction and renovation work on our Central Library project is nearing completion! In order to accommodate the reconfiguration of our new spaces, the Main Library (85 Queen St N) will temporarily close on or about March 23, 2014 for approximately 2 months.

For the period of this closure, a temporary library offering selected services will be available for our downtown customers.

•Located at 607 King Street West (corner of King St. and Breithaupt St.)

•Open regular library hours, including Sundays from 1 – 5 pm

•Featuring popular collections of books and DVDs for all ages

•Holds pick-up (but no after-hours book drop)

•Book drop at 85 Queen St N. location will remain open 24/7

•Free parking

Our four community libraries will remain open as usual during this temporary closure. In addition, our Forest Heights Library will also be open on Sundays from 1 pm – 5 pm during the closure. Library members can borrow and return materials to any Kitchener Public Library location.

Looks like we have a timeframe for Phase 2!

panamaniac
04-10-2014, 07:51 AM
No photos, I'm afraid, but I noticed while passing by the other day that the KPL is starting to look "finished". The mural in the reading room has been uncovered and bookshelves and tables have been installed. I am looking forward to visiting the finished product.