The Archives partner libraries remain closed and inaccessible. Some delay in opening to the public after the original move-in at the start of the year had been anticipated. It was always my view that the original schedule to reopen was overly optimistic. It is worth the extra wait to allow staff to get things in order.
According to a city briefing note about the 92,000-square-foot building, "the materials used feature high recycled content and rapidly renewable resources. These include highly durable fibre cement panels on the building's exterior, bamboo flooring, wall panels and doors, cork and linoleum flooring on its interior. In high traffic areas such as the lobby and washrooms, floor tiles from Italy were selected for their quality, durability and price. Other materials include stone stair treads from Owen Sound and brick from the Northern United States."
Archival materials remained at the former archives site through March. The construction schedule maintains the site development work, such as landscaping and public art, being completed by the end of May 2011. The official opening is scheduled for June.