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“!
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.
We hope everyone enjoyed the renderings of the new Vellore Village Library last week. Here are a few more for your viewing pleasure. Stay tuned for more updates.
Exciting news for Vaughan citizens living in the Vellore Village community. Renderings of the beautiful new library coming to your neighbourhood are now available for your viewing pleasure. Check them out!
Vaughan Public Libraries (VPL) is currently planning a new library location in the Vellore Village Community Centre. The new library will be attached to the existing community centre and will be approximately 8,000sq ft. in size. The library is projected to open in the summer of 2017.
In an effort to solicit feedback from the community to help with the design process, VPL held several focus groups with the community and children from local schools. Highlights and desired elements for the new library mentioned by the focus group participants included:
- Abundance of natural light
- Lots of comfortable seating
- Incorporate elements of nature
- A library that is bright, colourful and unique
- Designated areas for children, teens and adults
- Sufficient study space
- Art wall/Display area
- Café/refreshment/snack area
- Collections in various formats and languages
- Programming for all age groups
- Volunteer opportunities for teens and adults
Unique ideas suggested by local students included:
- Movie theatre
- Skating rink/slides/indoor park
- A Helping Hand to get the books you want off of the shelf
- A magic book that comes alive when you open it
- Library pet
Check out the photos below from the focus group conducted with grade three students at St. Veronica Catholic Elementary School.