TORONTO PUBLIC LIBRARY – FORT YORK BRANCH
Toronto Public Library Fort York Branch is the 99th branch in the library system located opposite historical Fort York. This tech-savvy library designed by KPMB Architects, raises the bar with a digital innovation hub complete with 3D printer, wired pods for study and collaboration, and a computer learning centre. The library also houses 35,000 new books, periodicals and DVDs for customers of all ages, as well as public computers. The exterior of the library showcases public art which was born from the collaboration of artist Charles Pachter and Canadian literary legend Margaret Atwood.
The HIDI Group provided mechanical, electrical, plumbing, lighting, communications and security design for this 2-storey, 16,000 ft² library. Constructed on top of the adjacent residential building’s underground parking garage, it comes with completely independent mechanical and electrical systems and services, and features include VAV overhead air distribution with fan powered terminal units on the main level, raised floor air distribution on the 2nd level, hydronic perimeter heating systems, energy-recovery ventilator for fresh air treatment, energy efficient pendant task-oriented lighting fixtures with daylight control in perimeter zones, and dimming control in enclosed spaces.
LOCATION: Toronto, Canada
CLIENT: Toronto Public Library
OWNER: Toronto Public Library
ARCHITECT: Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects
SIZE: 16,000 ft² / 1,500 m²
COMPLETION YEAR: 2014
AWARDS: Ontario Library Association New Library Building Award (2016)
IES Lighting Design Award of Merit (2015)
IES Lighting Design Toronto Section Award (2015)
MARKET SECTOR: Institutional