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September 27, 2017

Construction Update

Work has been progressing on the inside of the building this summer, with interior demolition almost complete, including creating the opening for the new main staircase.   Framing and drywall is almost complete on the third floor and new electrical, plumbing and heating and air conditioning infrastructure is being installed throughout the building.

Sections of the foundation of the Parish House have been exposed for waterproofing, and exterior work will start up again next week, with removal of some of the brick for the new main entrance to the building.

August 16, 2017

Central Renovations Update

There's been more activity on the exterior of the building recently as the stairs that were under the covered ramp from the parking lot were removed and the loading dock was demolished.  Next up will be some excavation around the foundation of the Parish House on the corner of Bagot and Johnson to prepare for waterproofing.

Here are some photos of work on the interior of the building as part of the steel structure for the new main stair between the first and second floors is put in place. 

stairs

more stairs

July 18, 2017

Coming Spring 2018!

​We're not wishing the summer away, but we are looking forward to the re-opening of the Central Branch in the Spring of 2018. Here is the architects' rendering of the exterior of the building after the renovations are complete.

Some of the changes include the relocation of the entrance closer to Bagot Street with a new set of stairs, new landscaping with bench seating along Johnson Street and around the corner on Bagot Street and improved bicycle parking.

exterior

June 22, 2017

Staircase Removed!

The first two photos show the main staircase removed. With the relocation of the main entrance to the other side of the elevator, where the Friends of the Library book sale used to be, the stair had to be reconfigured and reoriented. 

The bottom photo shows the steel framing started for the new washrooms.  The third photo was taken from where the mystery and fiction collections were, looking east toward the elevator and entrance. 

stairs removal

central with no stairs

central branch

June 8, 2017

Construction Update

The bulk of the demolition is now complete outside, except for the original stairs that were under the ramp on the east side of the building. Work has moved inside for the next couple of weeks. While some interior demolition is continuing, installation of new duct work and pipes is underway.

central exterior

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