A major expansion is ongoing right now on the University of Toronto's Robarts Library which will be known as Robarts Common. Diamond Schmitt Architects designed the new five storey addition which will add 4,304 m2 to the facility according to Urban Toronto.
The structural steel assembly for the new build's north and south ends has already been completed. These separate work areas are now being joined by steel work in the middle and the two lowest levels are now structurally complete. Work is now beginning for the mechanical penthouse level above the five levels that are mostly in place.
The installation of the floating staircases that will serve as a key design and circulation element is well underway. The staircases will connect the ground level with the base of the fifth floor.
Construction is expected to be finished next year and the completed addition will add 1,222 work and study spaces to the facility. This will increase the library's capacity to more than 6,000 seats and will enable the building to be open 24/7 during peak times. An atrium with a cafe will also be included at the south entrance to Robarts Common.
The addition will feature glazed surfaces which will allow uninterrupted views both into and out of the building.
Most of the construction has taken place outside of Robarts and since no study spaces had to be closed, there will be minimal disruption during construction.
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Posted by Judy Lamelza