Chester Le Childcare and Community Centre

Brick Selvage at Chester Park

The project at Chester Le Junior Pub­lic School is a new 10,000 sq.ft. facil­i­ty attached to the exist­ing school, which includes a child­care cen­tre at grade with a com­mu­ni­ty space pro­gram on the sec­ond floor. The child­care com­po­nent includes 66 spaces to accom­mo­date infants, tod­dlers, preschool­ers, and kinder­garten age chil­dren, as well as an after school pro­gram and a series of new play­grounds. The com­mu­ni­ty space includes; mul­ti­pur­pose pro­gram­ming space, com­put­er labs, a com­mu­ni­ty kitchen, as well as offices and meet­ing rooms.

The chal­lenges with this pro­gram include the effi­cient inte­gra­tion of the three uses on the shared site, address­ing not only the require­ments of a child­care cen­ter and devel­op­ing it’s rela­tion­ship with the school, but also pro­vid­ing much need­ed social gath­er­ing, recre­ation­al and learn­ing spaces for a great­ly diverse com­mu­ni­ty.

This project is a joint ven­ture between the Toron­to Dis­trict School Board and the City of Toron­to. Fund­ed by City of Toron­to Children’s Ser­vices and the Part­ner­ship Oppor­tu­ni­ties Lega­cy Fund, it was one of the key projects advo­cat­ed by May­or David Miller to respond to the needs of pri­or­i­ty neigh­bour­hoods.

Project Facts

  • Client

    Toron­to Dis­trict School Board, The City of Toron­to

  • Location

    Toron­to, Ontario

  • Size

    10,000 sq.ft

  • Status


  • Sub-Consultant Team

    Struc­tur­al — Black­well Bow­ick Part­ner­ship Ltd.

    Mechan­i­cal — Cobalt Engi­neer­ing

    Elec­tri­cal — Ham­mer­schlag + Jofffe Inc.

    Cost — Altus Group

    Code — Ran­dal Brown and Asso­ciates

    Traf­fic — MMM Group

    Arborist — Shady Lane Expert Tree Care

    Geot­ech­ni­cal — McClymont + Rak

  • Photography

    John Heine­man

  • Artist / Graphics

    Sig­nage — Jiffy Sign Inc.