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.