Value: $42.7 Million | Completion: 2014 | Location: Kitchener, ON
Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Structural Engineering
Working with LGA Architectural Partners, WalterFedy provided project management, structural, mechanical, electrical, and civil design services for an expansion of the Kitchener Public Library’s (KPL) main branch, along with architectural design for an underground parking garage that will serve the KPL and surrounding cultural institutions in the area of Kitchener known in the “Civic District.” The work represents the first phase of a larger vision and master plan that will reenergize the Civic District as a cultural cornerstone for the Waterloo Region.
Measuring 165,000 SF, the three-level parking garage is a cast-in-place concrete structure providing 412 parking spaces, with two covered entry/exit ramps, direct access to the library, and three outdoor vestibules for street-level access to nearby entertainment facilities. The facility is barrier-free, with 10 universally accessible parking spaces, and is fully sprinklered for fire prevention.
Construction took place in two phases, with the first phase serving as the foundation for a two-storey addition to the Library. The second phase was subsequently constructed below an existing parking lot.
WalterFedy contributed to the design and construction of the original KPL main branch as engineers in the 1960s, working with architect Carl Reider. The work significantly expanded the facility while updating its building envelope and engineering systems to support the City of Kitchener’s move towards LEED® Gold building standards. In September of 2015, this building achieved LEED® Gold certification.