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

 

Maple Library Renovation Project

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BACKGROUND

Monteith Brown Planning Consultants were hired to conduct the Maple Library Special Area Study and re-examine the need and role of Maple Library after the opening of CCRL Civic Centre Resource Library (CCRL) opened in May, 2016. Keep reading to find out what the analysis were!

MAPLE LIBRARY SPECIAL AREA STUDY SUMMARY

The Special Area Study took into considerations many different factors affecting the use of the branch including current demographics, future projections, industry trends, library usage and community feedback. The study collected stakeholder feedback via community survey and series of library user focus groups.

Monteith Brown Planning Consultants found that despite its proximity to CCRL, Maple Library serves a special and unique purpose for the community. We heard from you how co-location to the community centre is of high priority. 66% of survey respondents also indicated no change in their use of Maple Library since the opening of CCRL. Top three things that respondents valued most about Maple Library are: location (68%), staff/service (50%), and convenience of co-location with the Maple Community Centre (48%).

Based on assessment and feedback collected, the consultant’s recommendation for Vaughan Public Libraries (VPL) was to continue to operate Maple Library.  The study recommended reducing the library’s current footprint of 13,000 sq. ft to a smaller size library of 7,500-8,500 sq. ft and to align the re-imagined library to VPL’s current facility service model. The study also suggested to improve library entrance, aesthetic  improvements, comfort, enhanced children and study areas, as well as seamless technology and integrated accessibility features.

PROCESS

ATA Architects Inc. have been contracted to oversee planning and design for Maple Library face-lift! Check out the Maple Library renovation video and design concepts below

Floor Plan Concept

Main entrance to library

Marketplace

Children’s Area

Service Desk

Study Area – view south

Study Area – view north

Quiet Study Room

Inside Quiet Study Room

View of Reading Garden from Quiet Study Room

Reading Garden Access

Reading Garden

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.