Toronto Public Library 

Wychwood Branch

The Wychwood Library is one of Toronto's oldest libraries, built in 1915/16 and listed among Toronto's designated Heritage Properties.  

HH Angus provided mechanical and electrical engineering for the renovation and expansion of the Wychwood Branch of the Toronto Public Library. Following a feasibility study that identified the desired expansion was possible, the facility expanding from 6,381 ft2 to 15,000 ft2, with mechanical and electrical systems replaced throughout the facility, including new incoming electrical and communication services.

The project included interior and exterior renovations to building structure, mechanical and electrical systems and a complete redesign of the floor space. Necessary facility upgrades included replacing flooring, millwork, furniture, elevator and heating, ventilation and air condition (HVAC) systems and equipment, building systems, and building envelope repairs.

The redesign of this heritage facility created room for approximately 2000 ft2 of seniors’ program space as well as innovative space for youth, both of which were needed in the community.

Mechanical Engineering | Electrical Engineering | Lighting Design

Heritage building | Green roof on expansion | Completed 2022

Toronto, Ontario

Interior and exterior renovation | 2-storey expansion | Mechanical and electrical systems replaced throughout | New incoming electrical and communication services

Celebrating heritage

Key features of the original building were maintained and highlighted through the lighting design, which emphasized the brick exterior and vaulted ceilings in the Great Hall.

Header image credits: Shoalts and Zaback Architects Ltd.

Library interior
Library shelves
Library balconey