It may not always be apparent on the exterior of the building, but lots of progress is being made behind the scenes and inside the walls of the Central Branch as the renovation work continues. A new electrical transformer has been installed on Bagot Street and new electrical switch gear is being installed in our electrical room. The building's electricity will soon be reconnected and the temporary generator that has been powering the building will be removed. New staff and storage spaces have been built in the basement to help us better organize, store and secure our equipment and supplies.
Exterior brick work will start up again soon. The wall under the brick has been cleaned of old insulation and is prepared for a new protective layer, new insulation and the installation of new windows on late February to early March. New bricks will be installed after the windows are in, and will be stained to match the original brick colours.
Inside the building, the structure for the new main staircase between the first and second floors is complete, and it will soon be ready for wood and stone finishes.
The stair will be a focal point on the first floor, providing access to the second floor collections and meeting rooms, and also an area to the right for sitting, reading, charging or recharging!