Robarts Common

A major expansion of the University of Toronto’s Robarts Library, designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects, is taking shape, thanks to a transformational gift from Drs. Russell and Katherine Morrison. The firm Harbridge + Cross Limited is constructing the Robarts Common.

Robarts Common

 

The Robarts Common is the signature project of the Robarts renewal initiative, and is one of the most important capital projects on campus today. The five-storey structure will add 1,200 new work and study spaces to Robarts Library. The new building will be flooded with natural light, making the overall environment more inviting, accessible and productive for students. This project is the final step in completing our vision to restore, revitalize and expand Robarts Library as a centre for research and learning.

The revitalization was conceived to provide Robarts Library users with improved facilities which allow them to conduct rigorous research and excel in their studies. The extraordinary philanthropy of Drs. Russell and Katherine Morrison, along with the generosity of over 1,000 individual donors, has allowed us to achieve this goal at last.

In 2020, we will welcome our students into an inviting new space filled with natural light, ample workspace, comfortable seating and full internet connectivity. During the construction no existing study spaces will be closed and disruption to library users will be kept to a minimum.

Construction updates

The Loading Dock is now closed for the duration of construction. For safety and security reasons no library staff or users will be able to enter or leave through the Robarts Loading Dock area. The north and south Loading Dock ramps will be hoarded off to prevent entry by vehicles and people. The accessible entrances will continue to be the 1st floor main entrance and the accessibility ramp off of Sussex Avenue.

June 3-7:

  • A mobile crane truck will be set up within the South site footprint at points throughout the week to position steel for the South amphitheater and the temporary supports.
  • The crane may be required to offload additional steel from a flatbed truck parked adjacent to the site. Flag people will be used to maintain pedestrian/traffic safety on Huron as required. 
  • Structural steel fastening and welding, and precast grouting on the South tower will continue.
  • Installation of temporary supports in the loading dock for middle section structural steel. 

June 10-14

  • Installation of temporary supports in the loading dock for middle section structural steel.
  • The mobile crane truck positioned within the hoarded areas will hoist precast panels for the north tower and steel for the temporary shoring off of a flatbed truck parked adjacent to the site. Flag people will be used to maintain pedestrian/traffic safety on Huron as required. 
  • Precast slabs will be positioned and grouted in place. 
  • Wednesday - Saturday, 7 am to 3 pm (work will end by noon on June 13): Crews will be cutting the opening and prepping the slabs in the existing building for the bridge connections on the 4th floor. This work will be very noisy.

June 17-21:

  • Monday, 7 am - noon: Crews will be cutting the slabs in the existing building for the bridge connections and the slab to receive the new bridges connecting levels 2 - 5. This work will be very noisy.
  • Structural Steel installation of the middle bays will start. A mobile crane truck will be set up within the hoarded areas. The crane will be hoisting structural steel off of a flatbed truck parked adjacent to the site. Flag people will be used to maintain pedestrian/traffic safety on Huron as required. Updates will be provided as soon as additional information is available.
  • Structural steel welding and fastening will occur on the middle steel sections.

All work will take place between the hours of 7 am and 5 pm in adherence with City of Toronto noise bylaws.

Please visit this page regularly for updates and important messages about the Robarts Common construction.

Watch construction progress with our Construction Cam! 

 

Questions? Contact Margaret Wall | Library Administration | margaret.wall@utoronto.ca | 416-978-1757