Project Update – Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Library

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PROGRESS OF CONSTRUCTION WORKBACKGROUND

Construction continues at Vaughan Metropolitan Centre and Storefront Library. Staff had an opportunity to visit the site and observe progress made to date.  Plumbing, electrical and mechanical activities are all underway. Landscaping work around the building has been completed and construction fit-out phase continues. The anticipated substantial completion is targeted for Summer 2020, with the opening of the facility to follow about a month later.

North-west view of PwC tower

Main entrance to the tower located steps away from the bus terminal.

East-west promenade  shared space between project partners.

View into the community kitchen space to be operated by VPL.

View into the second story library from what will be the entrance to the Library.

Gold band along the south façade of the Library’s Marketplace area.

West view from the Marketplace into the Children’s area.

View into staff workroom

View into quite study space

New Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital Library Renderings and Floor Plan

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Exciting news for Vaughan citizens about the New Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital Library. Renderings and floor plan of the beautiful new 4000 sq ft library coming to your neighbourhood are now available for your viewing!

View from Children’s Area facing east towards main entrance lobby

South view from main corridor towards library

Main entrance of library facing south towards Major Mackenzie Dr.

Reading Lounge facing north towards main corridor

Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital Library Floor Plan

Vellore Village Library Recognized in American Libraries’ 2019 Library Design Showcase

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Once again, one of Vaughan Public Libraries’ locations was recognized for its exceptional and innovative architecture! Vellore Village Library, our tenth and newest branch, was featured in the American Libraries’ 2019 Library Design Showcase as one of 13 top libraries in the United States and Canada. The library was recognized for its visionary and interesting infrastructure that provides exciting spaces to address library user needs for community learning, gathering and creating.
A mix of public, academic, school and special libraries that were completed between May 1, 2018 and April 30, 2019 were recognized for the 2019 Library Designs. The highlighted projects are available to view in the American Libraries September/October magazine’s issue.

Vellore Village Library Exterior

Vellore Village Library beautiful interior architect

 

Vellore Village Library outdoor sitting patio

 

Reading spaces filled with abundant natural light with various seating options

 

 

Civic Centre Resource Library Recognized for the Association of Municipalities of Ontario Award

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Commitment to build an exceptional and lively city and providing exciting spaces for the future are just a few notable features of the recipients of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) Federal Gas Tax Fund distinguished awardAMO award is presented annually to municipal governments that showcase excellence in the use of the Federal Gas Tax Fund. Tim Simmonds, Vaughan’s Interim City Manager, received the award at the annual AMO Conference in Ottawa on August 20 for Vaughan Public Libraries’ Civic Centre Resource Library (CCRL).  

CCRL, an award-winning and LEED Silver Certified library, successfully “offers programs and resources in a modern public space, all while using less energy than traditional building models” Jamie McGarvey, AMO President. CCRL encompasses energy-efficient features including LED and motion sensor lighting, efficient mechanical and electrical systems, high-performance insulation and windows, drought tolerant landscaping, low-flow plumbing, roofing that reduces heat loss, refillable water stations, three-stream recycling services, low volatile organic compound sealants, adhesives, paints, and coatings and more! It is indeed an accomplishment when one infrastructure can make a difference in our community by addressing local needs, creating economic growth and achieving environmental outcomes.

We invite you to stop by CCRL to see this exceptional project that has redefined traditional expectations of libraries all while enjoying the variety of programs and resources we offer.

Library Forthcoming in the New Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital

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Early in 2017, Mackenzie Health (MH) and Vaughan Public Libraries (VPL) began an innovative collaboration of a proposed shared facility rooted in a shared vision of library space and services at the new Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital (MVH).

This shared vision was to:

  • Co-design an exceptional public library at MVH that will serve as a welcoming destination for hospital patients, families, staff, physicians, volunteers and the greater Vaughan community.
  • Offer public library services at MVH that will connect and inspire all.

Guided by this vision and design work, the project with our partners began. The project is well underway with an anticipated opening of the new 4000 sq ft. Hospital Library in December 2020.

Margie Singleton (CEO) and Aleksandra Dowiat-Vine (Director of Growth & Communications) visit Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital Library, which will be located at the main entrance of Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital on Major Mackenzie Road

Future Service Desk area

 

Library view from Hospital Lobby on main level

View into library marketplace and sitting area from library’s main entrance

View inside library’s stacks area

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Project Update – Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Library

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PROGRESS OF CONSTRUCTION WORK

The Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Library (VMC) and Storefront Library construction fit-out phase continues with great progress in the Price Waterhouse Cooper (PwC) office building. Wall studs and rough in work for plumbing is ongoing throughout both library spaces, and electrical work is also scheduled concurrently. Graphics and signage processes have started and architects are working with a lighting consultant investigating options for the colour changing light strip for the second-floor library. Landscaping work is well underway throughout the site with a substantial completion targeted for Summer 2020 followed by the opening of the full facility.

View from south, next to transit terminal, showcasing the gold band around library

Landscaping work ongoing

Landscaping progress

 

 

 

 

 

Interior fit-out work progress

Framing of staff workroom

Framing of quiet study room

 

Civic Centre Resource Library Wins the 2019 OLA New Library Building Award

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Stunning architecture, environmental stewardship, connections with local histories, and serving growing communities by providing exciting spaces are just a few notable aspects of the recipients of the 2019 Ontario Library Association (OLA) New Library Building Award.

Vaughan Public Libraries’ (VPL) Civic Centre Resource Library is one of the four recipients of the distinguished award, including Brampton Library, Hamilton Public Library, and Toronto Public Library- Albion Branch.

The OLA Library Building Award encourages and showcases excellence in the architectural design and planning of libraries in Ontario. The award is divided into two alternating categories (Library Architectural and Design Transformation, and New Library Buildings) and runs every third year to allow a critical number of projects in all types of libraries to accumulate.

“Newly-built libraries today reflect the strong desire for public places that instill a sense of community pride and are, at the same time, highly flexible and functional spaces,” comments Shelagh Paterson, executive director, OLA.

Civic Centre Resource Library, ZAS Architects + Interiors

From the jury: “An amazing architectural and geometric engineering achievement! A visually stunning  façade that appears to change from transparent to solid as the daylight changes throughout the day. The library is built as a visionary makerspace that provides a much needed centre for community learning, gathering, creating and celebration. Through the innovative design process, ZAS Architects created impressively wide-open spaces that allow flexibility for library programming and that can be easily redefined without limitations. The result is a cultural destination that inspires creativity, provides a welcoming place to gather and interact, and that has attracted new users enriching community life in the rapidly growing City of Vaughan”. 

Margie Singleton (Chief Executive Officer, Vaughan Public Libraries) and Paul Stevens (Senior Principal, ZAS Architects + Interiors) receive the OLA Building Award for the Civic Centre Resource Library, at OLA’s Annual Institute on the Library as Place event on July 10, 2019.

 

 

 

Vaughan Metropolitan Centre 360 Degree Virtual Tour

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Explore Vaughan’s vibrant, modern urban centre for residents and businesses through this interactive 360 Degree Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC) video tour. You will catch a glimpse of the building’s inspiring multi-use office towers, upcoming VMC Library and Storefront Library, subway access, open green space, urban squares, pedestrian shopping areas and restaurants, and walking and cycling paths.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmOdyAfL2pk&t=28s

Watch VMC’s interactive virtual 360 tour, an emerging downtown poised to be the financial, innovation and cultural centre of Vaughan.

We Have Espresso Bars!

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For our coffee lovers, nothing beats that rush of caffeine to the brain. Get excited, Vaughan Public Libraries (VPL) recently rolled out coffee vending machines at the Civic Centre and Bathurst Clark  Resource Libraries (coming soon to Pierre Berton Resource Library)! Get a cup of premium coffee, cappuccino, mocha or even a tea latte, whatever you like!

Have Facebook? Watch a demonstration on how you can get your cuppa at VPL’s Espresso Bar.

Try the Civic Centre Resource Library’s Espresso bar and vending machines near the library entrance

Espresso Bar Menu

Enjoy the Espresso Bar along with other vending machines in the library at Bathurst Clark Resource Library

Update on the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Library

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PROGRESS ON CONSTRUCTION WORK

The Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Library (VMC) and Storefront Library construction fit-out phase continues with great progress. This includes installation of many internal walls and partitions. Vaughan Public Libraries’ staff continue to meet regularly with project architects and discussions regarding signage, wayfinding and graphic design  are ongoing. Substantial completion continues to be targeted for mid 2020 followed by the opening of the full facility.

View from west into children’s area

View from south into Storefront Library

Inside Storefront Library.

Book return installed!

Library entrance area. Elevators and staff workroom situated behind walls.

Quiet study area overlooking lobby.

Library view west towards children’s area.