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Building Together News

Check back often for news about the Building Together project. We will continue to share exciting construction and campaign updates, as well as important logistical information for families.

You're Invited - Building Together Open House April 25th, 2018

We are excited to invite you to join us Wednesday, April 25th between 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. for tours through Phase 1 of our Building Together project. Phase 1 includes our new Grade 7 and Grade 8 homerooms, breakout rooms, and staff rooms. Montcrest staff will be available to take you on a tour of our exciting new spaces.

Please RSVP and select your tour time here. 

If you are unable to attend on April 25th but would like to tour our new spaces, please email Michael Dilworth at

Work has already begun on Phase 2 which will connect 650 Broadview Ave. (our old senior building) to the new facility and will include a naturally lit Art Room, new Science Lab, Instrumental Music Room, Atrium, Grade 6 homerooms, and French classrooms.

We are very grateful for your generous support of the Building Together project. Our faculty and students are so excited for the new opportunities these spaces will provide. To learn more about the campaign and our bricks and kites initiatives, please click here.

We hope to see you on campus soon!


Michael Dilworth
Director of Advancement


Friday, March 2, 2018 - Occupancy!

We are thrilled to share that we have been granted occupancy of Phase 1 of the Building Together project as of 12 noon today! Phase 1 includes our new Grade 7 and Grade 8 homerooms, breakout rooms, and staff rooms. 

On Monday morning, our Grade 7 and 8 students will be having their first classes in the new spaces! Our Senior faculty, IT department and maintenance crews will be working through the weekend to move into the new facility. A few minor deficiencies in Phase 1 will be fixed during March Break. Making the move from the senior building now allows us to start work immediately on Phase 2 of the project.

Due to the moving of our servers, Montcrest School will be offline as of 4 p.m. today. We hope to have these services resumed by Monday morning. Our faculty and staff will not have access to their email during this time. 

Thank you very much for all of your support and patience throughout this process. We are so excited for the new opportunities this space will provide.

David Thompson
Head of School


Friday, January 26, 2018 - New Occupancy Date

 We want to share a Building Together update with you. We all wish that we were in the new building, but unfortunately we have faced challenges in the old structure of 658 Broadview that delayed our occupancy. These challenges have now been resolved and Eastern Construction is working very hard as we move towards our occupancy date. We appreciate all the hard work that has been done by Eastern Construction and Montgomery Sisam Architects to resolve these issues.

It now appears that our occupancy date will be Friday, March 2nd. The good news is that we will be in the new building before March Break.

A great deal of work has recently been completed:

  • Lockers have been installed
  • Bathrooms are nearly complete
  • Millwork, including doors, has been installed in all classrooms
  • Painting continues throughout the building
  • External cladding is now being installed
  • Elevator will be installed next week

The majority of the remaining work is in 658 Broadview, the old portion of the building. 

We thank you for your patience, and appreciate all those who have so generously supported this transformative project. We will share further updates as we get closer to our occupancy date. Please don’t hesitate to be in contact if you have any questions.

David Thompson
Head of School


Floor Plans

Below you will find the floor plans of the our Building Together project. All areas in green were completed in Phase 1 of the project.

Friday, January 19, 2018 - Project Update

The Building Together project continues to make very good progress. Over the next couple of weeks, you will see the brickwork, drywall, millwork, cladding, and windows completed, and the installation of our elevator. We are waiting to hear back from the city and some of our project partners about a few key details that have been impacting the completion of Phase 1, principally in 658 Broadview. Once we have more details, our intention is to offer more concrete information about our move-in date next week. We truly appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding. We are all looking forward to enjoying these wonderful new spaces. Thank you for your support.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 - End of Term Update

As you know we were challenged by some delays created by Toronto Hydro, but they are now stepping up to the plate! A crew arrived today to begin their work, and will be returning next Wednesday to install a new hydro pole and create the conduits for power. On January 2 a separate crew will arrive to make all the necessary connections to the new build and realign power to Danson House.

Everyone is working very hard to complete Phase 1 of the project. Although it will not be ready for occupancy by January 9th, we remain optimistic that our students will have the opportunity to use the new facility early in the New Year. We look forward to hosting an Open House for our entire community in the New Year.

We continue to make excellent progress with our fundraising efforts for the Building Together campaign. The school has received $8.6 million in commitments, pledges and cash towards the approximately $11.4 million cost of the project. In particular, we have been very pleased with the response to our Kites and Bricks initiatives with over 90 bricks and 37 kites purchased to date. We hope that all families will consider supporting the Building Together campaign with a meaningful gift from their family.

Friday, December 1, 2017 - Upcoming Deliveries and Updates

Over the next few weeks there will be lots of exciting progress on our building project!

What Happened This Week: 

  • Drywall has been installed on the first and second floors of the building. 
  • Concrete floors have been polished
  • Exterior masonry work has begun

Coming Up Next Week:

  • Toronto Hydro will be on site to set up connections to the new building and install a new hydro pole
  • Our glass windows will be delivered
  • A new roof will be installed on the old office building, 658 Broadview Ave. 
  • The large rooftop HVAC unit will be delivered and installed by crane
  • Tile work and steel work will continue

Coming the Week of December 11th:

  • Doors will be delivered and installed
  • Carpeting will be delivered and installed
  • Millwork will begin

The work next week will cause some temporary disruptions to our drop-off and pick-up routines. We do not yet know on which day next week these disruptions will occur, so please be prepared to adapt your drop-off/pick-up. Jeff Borsten will send out a notice when we have more information.

The Broadview turnaround will at times not be available for use.

For those coming South on Broadview:
You will need to drop your children off South of the crosswalk. School staff will be available to help your children safely get on to school property. 

For those coming North on Broadview:
You will need to drop your children off South of the crosswalk. Staff will be there to help students safely get to the crosswalk and over to the campus. 

An alternative is to park at Loblaws and walk your children to campus.

Friday, October 27, 2017 - Continued Interior Work

Interior work continues in 658 Broadview and the new building. Window frames have been installed and will be covered by plywood until the windows arrive in early December. Next week, a new foundation will be poured for 658 Broadview. 


Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - Interior Work

The construction project continues to make good progress. Last week the following was accomplished:

  • Curtain wall framing has begun
  • The installation of structural steel at 658 Broadview has begun
  • The roofing base vapour barrier installation has begun
  • Continued installation of exterior sheathing
  • Masonry restoration at 658 Broadview was begun
  • The balance of 658 demolition work was completed
  • Spray fireproofing to the second floor beams is 90% complete

Next week, work will continue in the following areas: 

  • The installation of stair stingers will be completed
  • The roof will be waterproofed
  • Exterior sheathing will be completed
  • Punch window frames will be installed
  • The concrete floor in the basement of 658 Broadview will be removed
  • Structural framing at 658 Broadview will begin
  • Sprinkler installation will begin
  • Mechanical & engineering rough-in at 658 Broadview and the new building will continue
  • New masonry work will begin and masonry restoration will continue

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017 - Building Together in the News!

Our Building Together project was featured in a construction industry newspaper. The article details the unique construction plan that was developed to ensure minimal disruption for our students while still completing a large, transformative project.

Read the article here.

Summer 2017 Timelapse Video

Watch the video below to view all the exciting progress that happened over the summer!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - Steel Framework & Concrete

The building project continues to make exciting progress. Over the last few weeks the steel framework of the building was assembled, the building was connected to city services and the concrete for the second floor was poured. 

Here is what will be happening over the next two weeks:

  • Exterior sheathing will be installed around the perimeter of the new structure
  • Exterior metal stud work will begin
  • Structural steel work will be completed
  • The building will be connected to the storm water drain
  • Structural wood framing of the interior of 658 Broadview Ave. will continue
  • The jersey barriers and hoarding will be put back in place in preparation for the start of school
  • The asphalt in front of the black double gates south of 660 Broadview Ave. will be opened up and excavated in preparation for the installation of a new electrical duct bank
  • Investigation for the preparation of the demolition work at 650 Broadview Ave. in Phase 2 will take place before the students return


Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - First Structural Steel Delivery

Yesterday we received our first delivery of steel to begin the structural framework of our project. Today an excavator will be on site to dig up the asphalt of our front driveway in order to connect the new building to city services such as storm and sewer drains. Next Monday, July 25th, we will be receiving the next shipment of structural steel. It is so exciting to see the new building start to take shape! 


2016-17 Communications

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - Building the Foundation

Construction is progressing well. The footings, piers and foundation walls will be completed by the end of the week. Waterproofing of the foundation walls will start this week, followed by backfilling around the foundation perimeter. Underground services, such as electrical and plumbing work, will begin and continue into next week. This work will require an extension of the hoarding to cover part of the soccer pitch. Steel will be delivered in early July and the framework will then begin to go up. View the latest timelapse video below to see the progress!


Friday, June 16, 2017 - Continued Excavation & Pouring Concrete

The construction team continued excavation work and began pouring concrete for the foundation of the first half of the new building. 


Friday, June 9, 2017 - MPA Support of Building Together

Good Afternoon Montcrest Community,

It was wonderful to see many of you at our concerts and iSTEAM gallery this week. I hope you have had a chance to see some of the exciting progress that we are making with the Building Together project. Concrete is now being poured, and by September you will see the frame of the new structure. We are grateful that so many of you have already pledged your support to this project, and many others are carefully considering a gift that is meaningful for their family.

We are very excited to share news that the Montcrest Parents’ Association has generously donated and pledged a total of $500,000 towards the Building Together Project. The funds will go towards the “MPA Atrium” – a space for students, staff, and parents to gather, socialize or use as a quiet space for reading and learning. This brings us to a total of $7.7 million committed of an approximately $10.2 million project cost. This is another great step forward and we are very grateful to have the support of the parent community for this truly transformative project.

The Montcrest Parents’ Association continues to enrich the lives of our students and strengthen our community. We are grateful for their leadership and support.

I wish you all a wonderful weekend.

David Thompson
Head of School


Friday, June 2, 2017 - Excavation

The construction team has now completed over half of the excavation for the footings and will be finished by early next week. Next week’s work will consist mainly of formwork and the pouring of concrete for the footings, foundation walls, and piers. 


Friday, May 26, 2017 - Excavation & Route Change

Here is what happened this week:

  • 90% of the interior demolition of 658 Broadview is complete.
  • Structural walls have been eliminated and shoring is finished.

Here is what's happening next week:

  • Excavation and clearing the site will start on Monday. On Wednesday they start to form and pour concrete for the footings.
  • Due to the excavation, there will be an increase in construction vehicle traffic entering and exiting the site, we anticipate and expect this increase in traffic for the majority of the week.
  • Senior students have started using their new route for entering and exiting 650 Broadview. This will be the route for the remainder of phase one (see diagram below).

Friday, May 19, 2017 - Excavation Preparation

It has been another busy week on campus with the building project. The construction zone was cleared of remaining debris from the demolition of La Cabane and the back of 658 Broadview. All intact bricks from 658 Broadview were saved to be reused during the new build.

Next week, the excavators will arrive to start removing the mulch and ripping up the old asphalt to prepare for excavation the week after. A surveyor will be on school grounds next week to set up the benchmarks and gridlines for Phase 1 of constructing the new building. 

The fence contractor will also likely be in next week to install additional jersey barriers and hoarding as we will have to reroute student and staff traffic around the back of 650 Broadview, the Senior Building. The current blue fence pathway will be removed and blocked off. Mr. Borsten will communicate the new procedures to students and faculty when the route is ready.

The construction team has also installed 2 retractable belt barriers at each side of the front construction gates. We hope this visual barrier will help to alert students, staff and parents when deliveries will occur and as a reminder to keep this area clear of vehicles. Please remember that there are to be no cars parked in the roundabout outside of pick up and drop off times. There is also no parking on our side of Broadview Ave. in front of 650 and 658 Broadview Ave. This is to allow for the movement of construction vehicles and deliveries.

Thank you very much for your ongoing patience and support. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at

David Thompson
Head of School

Friday, May 12, 2017 - Demolition

It has been another exciting week on campus with the building project. As you can see below, the Cabane was torn down. This was followed by the demolition of the back end of 658 Broadview Ave., the old Office Building, as well as the Facilities workshop. Extra protection was installed around this area and there will always be a spotter during demolition to ensure safety. 

Next week, excavators will be coming in to start digging in preparation for the foundation. 

Since construction is now in full swing, there will be no parking on the Broadview driveway. Pick up and drop off on Broadview will take place normally, but no cars can be parked in the roundabout. This is to allow for the movement of construction vehicles. There will also be no parking on our side of Broadview Ave. in front of 650 and 658 Broadview Ave.

Thank you very much for your ongoing patience and support. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me at

David Thompson, Head of School


Friday, April 28, 2017 - Au Revoir, La Cabane!

This week all students had an opportunity to leave their mark on La Cabane and say Au Revoir before the upcoming changes. Later today and over the weekend, we will begin installing the jersey barriers and the wood hoarding for the building project. The work will only get started after our regular, end-of-day pick-up is finished on Broadview Avenue. Eastern Construction and their crew are setting up their offices and will move on campus over the next week. We will then begin the demolition of our French 'Cabane' and the interior of the recently vacated 658 Broadview Avenue. As you know, much of our administrative staff have moved to 664 Broadview Avenue - be sure to drop in for a visit.

If you have any questions regarding building project logistics, please contact Jeff Borsten (

Thank you very much for your ongoing patience and support. We are very excited to begin this transformative project, and we look forward to seeing many of you at next week's Fiesta!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - NOAC & Project Update

I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you exciting developments with our Building Together project. 

We have been working with the city to secure all necessary permits for the Building Together project. Over a year ago, Montcrest submitted a preliminary project review application. We are pleased to announce the school has received site plan approval through the issuance of the Notice of Approval Conditions (NOAC). We anticipate that the full building permit will be issued shortly.

Over the past two and a half months, working with Montgomery Sisam Architects and Eastern Construction, we have put the construction project out to tender. This included items such as structural steel, structural wood framing, mechanical, electrical and concrete. When we received the tender bids, they were, in many cases, substantially over our estimated costs, which were based on 95 per cent drawings. These costs came in higher due to the complexity of the building project and the fact that the federal government infrastructure projects were also released at this time, making our project appear as a much smaller initiative. 

Despite these challenges, Eastern Construction has worked particularly hard to bring costs more in line with our original budget of $9 million. We have also increased our contingency in the project budget. As a result of these factors, the project is now budgeted at approximately $10.2 million.

To date, the school has received $7.2 million in commitments and cash. We are very grateful to everyone who has already contributed to the project. We have built tremendous momentum and we would hope that you would help us continue this progress. If you’d like to meet with me, I’d be delighted to share our vision with you. Please support this transformative project for our students.

With the increased construction costs, Montcrest’s Board of Governors, through the Property, Finance and Risk Committees, have carefully reviewed our capacity to financially manage a project of this size and are comfortable with the school’s ability to move forward. In the coming months, we will continue our efforts to raise the funds to build this transformative project. Part of this will be the MPA’s exciting and fun Cinco de Mayo Fiesta which will be held on May 5th. All proceeds from this event will go to the Building Together project. Thank you very much to Andy Cleghorn and Kirsten Cooney, Fiesta Co-chairs, and their team of volunteers for all of their efforts to make this a special evening.

Today, Eastern Construction is setting up their offices in 658 Broadview Ave, previously the office building. They will be conducting site service investigations for the next two weeks. Barriers and hoarding will be erected during the weekend of April 29th. Once erected, demolition of the Cabane and interior of 658 Broadview will commence. 

In celebration of this next phase, we have a fun activity planned for Wednesday, April 24th, of which more details will be shared soon. Over the coming weeks, more information will also be provided to parents and students about the changes on campus and French class locations. 

Thank you very much for your ongoing support. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out directly to me or to our project email:

David Thompson, Head of School

Friday, March 10, 2017 - Moving out of the Office Building

After March Break the Office Building (658 Broadview Ave.) will no longer be in use.

In preparation for the first phase of the Building Together project, all staff will be moved out of the office building, 658 Broadview Ave., during March Break.

After March Break (March 28th):

  • Regular drop off and pick up will continue on Broadview Avenue from 8:00-9:00 a.m. and from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Please check in through Barb's new office in 660 Broadview Avenue (Hubbard House).
  • During the school day from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., pick up and drop off will only take place at 4 Montcrest Blvd. (Livingston House). This includes students leaving for appointments, illness etc. This will ensure students remain safe while there is construction traffic on the Broadview driveway.
  • The Tuck Shop will remain closed until March 31st. The Tuck Shop will re-open on Monday, April 3rd in the Aftercare room, in the basement of 4 Montcrest Blvd. Tuck Shop hours will remain the same.
  • Barb Moore will move in to Mr. Borsten's office in 660 Broadview Ave.
  • Mr. Borsten's office is now located in the lower level of the Senior building, 650 Broadview Ave.
  • The following staff members will be located in 664 Broadview Ave.:
    • Mr. Thompson
    • Maggie Zegas-Tepper
    • The Advancement Offices - Mr. Dilworth, Ms. Gray, Ms. Dalley and Ms. Bax
    • The Finance Offices – Ms. Waisberg, Ms. Bissada, and Ms. Yardley
    • Michèle Andrews
  • The planters along the Broadview driveway will have been removed to allow for the movement of trucks during construction.
  • Mr. Blakey will be working on his research project from home.

Thank you for your support and patience during this exciting time of transformation for Montcrest.


Email with any questions regarding the building project.

Friday, February 24, 2017 - Progress Update

All phases of this project have been thoughtfully planned to ensure students are able to safely navigate the campus and that the project creates minimal disruption. The safety and learning experience of our students will remain our primary concern.

The first tenders were sent out January 20th and have continued until mid-February. This short timeframe will help us more closely monitor costs. We hope to have all responses back from tenders by the return of March Break.

The Building Together campaign is well underway, and we are very grateful for the strong support our community has provided. Through financial commitments to the school from generous donors we have reached just over $7 million.

Phase 1: All office staff and the Tuck Shop will be moved out of 658 Broadview Ave.

Rawlinson Moving & Storage Ltd. has been selected as the company to assist with the move.

Starting March 2, all staff in 658 Broadview (main office building) will be packing up. Their move to 664 Broadview will occur over March Break.

The Tuck Shop will be moved from 658 Broadview Ave to the basement of 4 Montcrest Blvd., currently the Aftercare room. This space will be shared during the building project. The Tuck Shop will be closed from Monday March 6th until Friday March 31st.

Aftercare will continue to use the front desk at 4 Montcrest Blvd. for pick up and will continue to have access to Danson House spaces such as the Learning Commons and drama studio.

Barb Moore will move in to Mr. Borsten's office in 660 Broadview Ave.

Mr. Borsten's office will move down one floor to the lower level of 660 Broadview.

After March Break:

Regular drop off and pick up will continue on Broadview Avenue from 8:00-9:00 a.m. and from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Please check in through Barb's new office in 660 Broadview Avenue (Hubbard House). 
During the school day from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., pick up and drop off will only take place at 4 Montcrest Blvd. (Livingston House). This will ensure students remain safe while there is construction traffic on the Broadview driveway.

The Tuck Shop will be located in the basement of 4 Montcrest Blvd. in the Aftercare room after April 3rd.

You will notice the planters in the Broadview driveway will have been removed to allow for the movement of trucks during construction.


Email with any questions regarding the building project.


Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - Progress Update

Over the last few months we have made some very exciting progress on the Building Together project. Through financial commitments to the school from generous donors we have reached $6.4 million of our $9 million goal!

We continue to work through the approval process with the city and anticipate receiving our Notice of Conditions by the end of December. We then expect to receive the building permit by the middle of January. We will begin tendering in the first weeks of January and will proceed to award contracts.

Throughout the project, the safety and learning experience of our students will remain our primary concern. Montcrest School, our Board of Governors, and construction company have developed a detailed plan to ensure students are able to safely navigate the campus and that the project creates minimal disruption. More communications will follow in the New Year.

Phase 1

We have begun to interview movers who will move all staff located in 658 Broadview Ave. (the office building) into 664 Broadview Ave. over March Break. After March Break, normal pick up and drop off will still occur. However, students who arrive late or are picked up early will go through Hubbard House, 660 Broadview Ave., where Barb will be located. Further logistical details will be shared closer to this time. 

Phase 2

In the second phase of the project, hoarding will go up around 658 Broadview Ave. We anticipate this will occur in early May. To learn more about the phasing of the Building Together project, please visit our visual timeline here. 

Any questions or concerns about the Building Together project can be emailed to

Friday, October 28, 2016 - Project passes City of Toronto Committee of Adjustments

This month, the Building Together project gained approval from the Committee of Adjustments! Next week our consultants will be meeting with representatives of the city to discuss the building permit and site plan approval. We know that we have a few minor adjustments to make to secure our building permit and site plan approval, and we anticipate that we will have dealt with those soon. Once we have received all city planning approvals we will move toward tendering.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - Building Together Information Night

The Building Together Information Session provided parents more information and an opportunity to ask questions about the project.

Monday, September 12, 2016 - Community Open House

Montcrest held an Open House to share plans for the building project with our neighbours and local community. 

Thursday, September 8, 2016 - Official Campaign Launch

On this day we shared our exciting news with all current parents, students and alumni! 

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