Project Update – VMC Library & VMC Express

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PROGRESS UPDATE

On April 3, 2020, construction came to a halt at Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC) Library and VMC Express as per the Province’s directive in the fight of COVID-19. Since May 18, 2020, construction activities have resumed and contractors are back on site working in accordance with the required guidelines. Anticipated opening of the new facility is targeted for Winter 2021.

Credits: www.myvmc.ca

Library view east towards market place

Staircase to the 3rd floor visible from the children’s area.

Children’s area facing north

Carville-Block 11 Library is in the Works

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A new library, community centre, and district park is coming to you, located between Dufferin and Bathurst streets near Major Mackenzie Drive (Carvville/Block 11). A multi-use community hub that will combine spaces for play, learning, fitness and sports.

BACKGROUND

The 2013 Active Together Master Plan (ATMP), an integrated long-term strategy that guides planning for parks, recreation, culture and library facilities, suggested a new neighbourhood size library for Block 11 residents. The 2018 Update to ATPM suggested that the new library be collocated within a new community centre and district park.

PROCESS

Perkins+Will Architects were hired in 2017 as the Functional Program Consultants for the Carrville Community Centre, Library and District Park project. The functional programming phase work to ensure that Vaughan Public Libraries’ and City of Vaughan’s requirements for the new facilities are integrated into the early design concepts and that the physical site and environmental conditions could support such requirements.

Perkins+Will Architects have been retained as the Detail Design Consultants for the Carrville Community Centre, Library and District Park project and have begun detailed design work for this new facility.

Site Plan

Exterior Perspective

Library + East Entry Porch

Library Design Drivers

Pool, Pool viewing and South Entry

 

The Electronic Message Centre at Civic Centre Resource Library is here!

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External signage for Civic Centre Resource Library has begun! The approximately ten foot high pylon with electronic message centre in front of Civic Centre Resource Library on Major Mackenzie Drive has already been installed and will be operational soon. If you are driving by, you won’t miss it!

Also, watch out for more external signage coming next.

~10 foot high pylon with electronic message centre in front of Civic Centre Resource Library on Major Mackenzie Drive.

Different view of the Electronic Message Centre

Inclusive Spaces for All- Rick Hansen Foundation Certification (GOLD)

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Attention to Accessibility has always been at the heart of what we do. We are proud to share that Civic Centre Resource and Pleasant Ridge Library have received GOLD CERTIFICATION from the Rick Hansen Foundation in recognition for accessible design and facilities.

“Vaughan Public Libraries is happy to be a contributor to the City of Vaughan’s mission to creating fully accessible communities”, said Rose Savage, Chair of the Vaughan Public Library Board. “Our library branches are a place for those of all abilities, languages, ages and skill levels. We take pride in providing inclusive resources for everyone to enjoy when they enter a Vaughan library – whether it is for learning, reading or participating in our many programs”

We are pleased to receive the following message from Brad McCannell, VP, Access and Inclusion, Rich Hansen Foundation: “Congratulations to the City of Vaughan and Vaughan Public Libraries on achieving RHF Accessibility Certified Gold for three locations. Their leadership shows other municipalities across the country the advantages of developing inclusive spaces where people of all abilities can fully participate where we live, work, learn and play.”

Announcing Names of the Two New Libraries

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The Vaughan Public Library Board is proud to announce the official names of the new upcoming libraries located in the Pricewaterhouse Coopers Tower in the city’s new downtown area.
The 9000 sq ft main library has been named VMC (Vaughan Metropolitan Centre) Library and the 400 sq ft storefront as VMC Library Express.

Watch out for more details as we approach the openings of these two new libraries!

A New Concrete Walkway At The Civic Centre Resource Library

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Have you seen the new concrete walkway at Civic Centre Resource Library? More accessible pathway into the library from the parking lot.

walk

We Asked You to Pick a Seat!

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Vaughan Public Libraries is preparing to open new Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC) Libraries in Summer 2020! Interior work is progressing well and procurement of shelving, mill work and furniture is also being coordinated simultaneously.

While some furniture will be replicated from our other libraries, including study tables, study chairs and merchandising furniture; other furniture including lounge seating will be selected through the chair survey results completed last year.

We are pleased to announce we have received 551 survey results which are being reviewed. Thank you to all customers who stopped by to test out the eight unique lounge chairs that were displayed at Civic Centre Resource Library form November 18, 2019 to December 13, 2019. We were so thrilled to see the interest and involvement Vaughan Community showed in testing out the lounge chairs. Your feedback is crucial in helping us decide what lounge chairs VMC will have. 

Some of the Lounge Chair Options for VMC Libraries

Civic Centre Resource Library Signage Project- Part 1

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Through a competitive bidding process, Vaughan Public Libraries has engaged Steel Art Signs to design external and internal signage for Civic Centre Resource Library. Internal signage installation has been completed and external signage is anticipated to be completed in 2020.

Library entrance signage.

Window graphics signage at entrance to direct customers to Library Return slot at side of building.

CREATE IT! and Teens space on first floor.

CREATE IT! space Recording Studio door.

Frosted vinyl signage on eight study rooms.

Washrooms signage.

Wayfinding signage for washrooms.

Hanging sign for Outdoor Patio on second floor.

Library Administration signage second floor.

 

 

 

Vaughan Metropolitan Centre and Storefront Library Interior Design

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BACKGROUND

Construction of the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC) and Storefront Library is progressing well. Check out sneak peak of the interior design work that the architectural firm, MJMA, will soon begin in the library spaces. 

VMC and Storefront Library Floor Plan

Storefront Library Precedent

Storefront Library Precedent

Storefront Library Precedent

Storefront Library- Concept Diagram

Storefront Library Perspective

Storefront Library- Interior Views

VMC Library – Second Floor – Plan

VMC Library Front Desk

VMC Library Colored Fins Sequence

VMC Second Floor and Storefront Library Concept Elevation/Section

VMC Library -Children Area Floor Plan

VMC Library- Children Area

While some furniture at VMC and Storefront Library will be replicated with ones from existing libraries, other furniture like the lounge seating will be selected with your feedback. Arrangements have been made to make sample of these chairs available for you from November 18 to December 13 at Civic Centre Resource Library. We hope you will try out the chairs and share your input with us! 

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