Project Update – VMC Library & VMC Express

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PROGRESS UPDATE

Work at the VMC Library and VMC Express is progressing well as contractors continue to work in accordance with the capacity limits. Construction timeline is on track per revised post-Covid schedule, with the exception of glass related items that include glazed partitions and glass doors. This is due to an industry-wide delay currently being experienced by most glass manufactures. We are anticipating a substantial completion target for January 2021.

VMC Express

VMC Express

Staircase view from the Marketplace in the VMC Library

Wood ceiling installation began in the Children’s Area

View from individual study area over the open area of Balzac’s Coffe

Stunning view into the Balzac’s Coffe from Library

Main floor lobby finishes include completed terrazzo flooring, finished walls

Main floor lobby wood panel installation currently still in progress

Maple Library Renovation Project

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Maple Library renovation continues. Check out images below to catch a glimpse of some of the work that is being done.

Decorative and interactive wall near the library’s main entrance

Bench seating removed away from glass wall allows for additional seating and safety of young children

 

External Signage Installed at CCRL

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If you haven’t driven by Civic Centre Resource Library recently, you may have not seen the new additions to the library exterior. Checkout photos (day and night time) of the new external signage outside the library. Now no one can miss spotting the library on Major Mackenzie and Keele St.


Updates on Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital Library

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Construction at Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital Library has been ongoing. Here are a few pictures of the beautiful 4000 sq ft library coming to you very soon!

View of Children’s and Adult Areas

View from Library’s Marketplace

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

 

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.”

VMC Project Temporary Construction Suspension

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As per the Province’s latest list of Essential Services, construction of the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Project has been temporarily suspended. The property development team are working to ensure the site is clean, safe and secure until construction can resume. Continue to follow our blog for future building updates.