The site signage is up at Pleasant Ridge Library. The installation for the duct work, electric rough-in, sprinkler main are in progress. The roof top units have already been installed.
VAUGHAN, ON – Vaughan Public Libraries (VPL) announced yesterday that Aquicon Construction Co. Ltd. has been selected to build the third resource library in the City of Vaughan, which will be located at 2191 Major Mackenzie Drive. The Vaughan Public Library Board, Mayor and Members of Council attended a groundbreaking ceremony for the new library to celebrate the start of the construction phase of the building project. The library, designed by ZAS Architects is anticipated to open in 2015.
“This is another great moment for the Civic Centre Resource Library building project. We are very pleased to have Aquicon Construction on board to help us make the new resource library a reality.” said Michael McKenzie, Chair of Vaughan Public Library Board. “This new library is both a significant and valuable addition to both Vaughan Public Libraries and the City of Vaughan. Like all of VPL’s branches, it will provide a welcoming destination that educates, excites and empowers our community,” added McKenzie.
“Designing the new library is an exciting yet difficult task. To ensure the library meets the needs of our community, we adopted a collaborative design approach by incorporating suggestions from members of the community gathered from surveys, focus groups and community meetings conducted over the past few years.” said Margie Singleton, CEO, Vaughan Public Libraries. “I am delighted to say that the new library will indeed meet the many needs of our diverse community”.
The exterior of the library building is spectacular yet uniquely designed. It features a transparent look created by:
- The use of a collection of concave semi-mirrored surface
- A library façade that reflects its surroundings and patrons while suggesting a layered set of interior spaces
- Peaked roofline extending above the perimeter of “heritage landscape”
- Scalloped façades that address the scale of both driver and pedestrian with a gradient of transparent to reflective glass and metal panels
The interior of the library is futuristic yet welcoming and features the following:
- Ample natural lighting and high ceilings
- Good acoustic design
- Flexible, adaptable and easily convertible spaces
- Specific areas for teens, children, quite reading, serious studying and an collaboration
- Exciting marketplace full of inspiring and enticing library materials
- A Digital Media Lab
- An internal courtyard that is open to the elements
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.
The parameter wall structure, drywall steel installation are progressing at Pleasant Ridge Library. The roof curb material arrived for installation and drywall steel studs are being installed.
Members of the Vaughan Public Library (VPL) Board, Deputy Mayor, Members of Council and VPL staff attended a topping off ceremony for the new Pleasant Ridge Library (located at 300 Pleasant Ridge Avenue) on Friday, June 6 to celebrate the topping off of the library structure and to welcome the next phase of construction. As part of the ceremony, attendees signed one of the structure’s steel beams.
Since the construction began in February, things have progressed quickly. The steel structure of the building is almost complete and the new library is expected to open by year end.