Ensuring a strong foundation for Vellore Village South Library

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Construction continues on the building foundation work with back-filling to support the new library.

View looking north at foundation walls

View looking north at foundation walls (both images).

View looking south-east

View looking south-east at foundation work.

View looking north at foundation walls

View looking at foundation wall on west side of basement mechanical room.

Digging down to build up!

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Progress continues on the new Vellore Village South Library!

Excavation has been ongoing in preparation for the formwork of the foundation wall along the eastern side of the Vellore Village Community Centre facing the Skate Park.

View looking at the excavation area

View looking at the excavation area.

View looking East along exiting building. The stairs are now completely demolished.

View looking east along the exiting building. The stairs are now completely demolished.

View looking North East showing soil from excavation.

View looking northeast showing the soil from the excavation.

View looking North adjacent to hoarding near site trailer.

View looking north adjacent to the hoarding fence near the site trailer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet our Vellore Village South Library Construction Project Team

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Construction steadily continues on the new Vellore Village South Library. Staff from Vaughan Public Libraries (VPL), City of Vaughan and ZAS Architects meet on a regular basis to ensure all actions are staying on the appropriate timeline.

Meet our project team:

Vellore Village South Library project team

VVSL Project Team: Margie Singleton (CEO, VPL), Paul Marcoccia (Project Manager Design & Construction – City of Vaughan), Aleksandra Dowiat Vine, VPL Director of Growth & Communication, Del Cordeiro (ZAS + Architects)

 

Inside hoarded area

View from inside hoarded site next to temporary entrance.

 

Site view facing north after excavation began

Site view facing north after excavation has begun

Excavation of stairs to skating park completed

Excavation of stairs to skating park completed.

The hoarding fence is up and demolition is underway!

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Hoarding fence, for your safety, has been erected on three sides of the Vellore Village South Library construction site and demolition of the north-facing stairs has begun. The excitement is “building“!

West side of construction site

The hoarding fence on the west side of the construction site near the Community Centre’s temporary entrance.

Hoarding fence on north and east sides

The amber-coloured hoarding fence on the north and east sides of the construction site.

Demolition of the north facing stairs

Demolition on the north-facing stairs of the Community Centre.

Temporary entrance during construction

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On the north side of Vellore Village Community Centre, a new sign is up to show the temporary entrance during the construction of the Vellore Village South Library.

Temporary Entrance sign

 

 

Vellore Village South Library construction has begun!

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Construction on the new Vellore Village South Library has now begun.

Future site of VPL sign

 

Vellore Village South Library construction has begun

We look forward to sharing more details with you!

Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Vellore Village Library

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Jasper Construction Corporation has been selected to build Vaughan Public Libraries’ tenth library. The 8,300 square foot library will be located at 1 Villa Royale Avenue connected to the Vellore Village Community Centre. The Vaughan Public Library Board, Mayor and Members of Council attended a November 12 groundbreaking ceremony for the new library which is designed by ZAS Architects and anticipated to open in late 2017.

“This is another great moment for Vaughan Public Libraries and the residents of Vaughan. We are very pleased Jasper Construction Corporation will help us make this new library a reality.” said Devender Sandhu, Chair of Vaughan Public Library Board. “Like VPL’s other nine branches, Vellore Village South Library will positively enrich, inspire and transform our community.”

“When designing the new library, we made sure to minimize its physical impact on the existing building and amenities, including the skate park.” said Margie Singleton, CEO, Vaughan Public Libraries. “We again adopted a collaborative design approach by incorporating suggestions from the public gathered from surveys and focus groups to ensure the library meets the needs of our community.”

The site will house an inspiring facility that will respond to VPL’s mission of offering a welcoming destination that educates, excites and empowers the Vaughan community. The new library will be attached to the existing community centre and will be approximately 8,300 sq. ft. in size being visually distinctive, yet complementary and a modern addition to a much larger building development.

Other highlights of the building are:

  • High performance envelope and white roof to reduce environmental heat gain and heat loss
  • Use of predominantly local materials to reduce carbon footprint
  • Natural ventilation strategy and daylight harvesting to reduce the hvac and lighting energy load
  • Large east-facing reading balcony that overlooks the skate park

Proposed services & collections that will be offered at the new library include:

  • Full suite of programs including storytimes, book clubs, technology training
  • Materials for adults, youth and children on a wide variety of subjects, including popular and  high demand materials and support for the school curriculum
  • Technology such as word processing and presentation software
  • Collaboration spaces for group study
  • Storytime area that is part of the children’s area and invites participation

In addition, the library is designed to be a green building which complies with the City of Vaughan’s Green Building Policy. It will also be an accessible facility that offers accessible shelving and technologies to accommodate individuals with special needs. 

VVSL Groundbreaking Ceremony November 12

Front row (L to R): VPL Board Trustees Manjit Kaur, Rose Savage (Vice-Chair) and Devender Sandhu (Chair); Daniel Kostopoulos, Vaughan City Manager; Michael Di Biase, Deputy Mayor & Regional Councillor; Loreta Pavese, VPL Board Trustee; Sandra Yeung Racco, Ward 4 Councillor & VPL Board Trustee; Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua; Rosanna DeFrancesca, Ward 3 Councillor & VPL Board Trustee; Marilyn Iafrate, Ward 1 Councillor & VPL Board Trustee; Mario Ferri, Regional Councillor & VPL Board Trustee; Gino Rosati, Regional Councillor; VPL Board Trustees Maya Goldenberg and Cristina Rizzuto. Back row (left to right): John Appugliesi, President & CEO of Jasper Construction; VPL Board Trustees Jane Kelly, Palma Pallante, and Ugo Di Federico; Margie Singleton (VPL CEO); Steve Kerwin, VPL Board Trustee, and Paul Stevens, Senior Principal at ZAS Architects + Interiors

 

Councillor DeFrancesca and Mayor Bevilacqua

Ward 3 Councillor & VPL Board Trustee, Rosanna DeFrancesca and Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua

 

Vellore Village South Library Groundbreaking with Speakers

Left to right: John Appugliesi, President & CEO of Jasper Construction; Devender Sandhu, VPL Library Board Chair; Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua, City of Vaughan; Margie Singleton, VPL CEO; Rosanna DeFrancesca, Ward 3 Councillor and Library Board Trustee; Paul Stevens, Senior Principal of ZAS Architects + Interiors

 

VVSL group

L to R: John Appugliesi and Joseph Zinni of Jasper Construction; Ella Mamiche, ZAS Architects + Interiors; Paul Marcoccia and Wei Chiao from the City of Vaughan; Margie Singleton, VPL CEO; Aleksandra Dowiat Vine (VPL); Del Cordeiro and Paul Stevens of ZAS Architects + Interiors

 

VPL Executive Management team

VPL Executive Management Team (left to right): Aleksandra Dowiat Vine, Sandy Vander Werff, Margie Singleton, VPL CEO; Marilyn Guy and Lisa McDonough

 

Kleinburg Library celebrates 50 years with RetroFest!

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Vaughan Public Libraries celebrated Kleinburg Library‘s 50th birthday on Saturday, November 5 with the Kleinburg RetroFest, a 60s-inspired afternoon complete with music, festive fall food & drink, hula hoops, karaoke, retro contests and more!

From left to right: Deb Schulte, MP for King-Vaughan; Sougata Mallik (VPL); Regional Councillor & Library Board Trustee, Mario Ferri; Library Board Trustee, Steve Kerwin; VPL CEO, Margie Singleton; Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua, City of Vaughan; Aleksandra Dowiat Vine (VPL); Vaughan Public Library Board Chair, Devender Sandhu; Ruthanne Price (VPL); Lisa McDonough (VPL); Sandy VanderWerff (VPL); Jennifer Stephen (VPL); Vincent Sacchetti (VPL); Rosa Convertini (VPL); Frances Richardson (VPL) and Andrea Wesson (VPL).

Thanks to everyone who joined us!

 

Signage for Pleasant Ridge Library has been added

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Lighted signage has been placed at Pleasant Ridge Library so you can conveniently find us day or night.

Pleasant Ridge Library signageCheck out the new sign and our previously mentioned benches–visit us today!

Benches and Bike Racks, oh my!

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Four benches and a bike rack have been added to the exterior of Pleasant Ridge Library.

Benches at Pleasant Ridge Library

Pleasant Ridge Library bike rack

Benches at Pleasant Ridge full viewEnjoy the lovely autumn weather–ride your bike to Pleasant Ridge Library and have a seat on our new benches. You will love them!