The Toronto Reference Library had undergone a major facelift with Eastern Construction as the Construction Manager. The project entails renovations to the upper three floors of the building. This phase features a two-storey high Special Collections Room which was built on the 5th floor of the existing building. The circular structure is framed with structural steel suspended from the slab above, with a perimeter mezzanine level lined with book shelves that contain some of the rarest collections in the city. This environmentally controlled room features titanium cladding, concrete clad reading tables, and a curved steel staircase complete with glass balustrades. Significant cosmetic improvements to the entire public space are also implemented.
Previous phases of work included a new two-storey high entrance vestibule, a public art gallery, a new entrance lobby, a coffee shop, and expanded public space.