OLA BUILDING AWARD2012LIBRARY ARCHITECTURAL ANDDESIGN TRANSFORMATIONAWARDPROJECT: THORNHILLC0MMUNITY CENTRE LIBRARYSubmitted by Markham Public LibraryApril 29, 2012
Table of Contents2 SLID SLID E E 4 Section: Plans & Drawings 15 Interior View Circulation Desk Before 5 Site Plan 16 Interior View Circulation Desk After 6 Ground Floor Plan 17 Interior View Information Desk Before 7 Second Floor Plan 18 Interior View Information Desk After 8 Elevation – Section 1 19 Typical User Area Before 9 Elevation – Sections 2 and 3 20 Typical User Area After 10 Furniture Plan – Ground Floor 21 Lighting Public Space #1 11 Furniture Plan – Second Floor 22 Lighting Public Space #2 12 Section: Photographs 23 Lighting Interior Night View 13 Interior View from Entrance Before 24 Interior View Workroom Before
Table of Contents (cont.)3 SLID SLID E E 26 The Children’s Forest 33 New Program Rooms Before & After 27 Families Gather in the Forest 34 More Space for Civic Events 28 Entrance to Forest Before & After 35 Exterior View from Northwest 29 Learning is fun in the Forest 36 Exterior View from Southwest 30 Picture Books Before & After 37 Exterior Entrance 31 New Study Space 38 FAQs 32 More Accessible Collections
4 Plans and Drawings Thornhill Community Centre Library
Interior view: a major staff function in a nonpublic area - Workroom24 BEFORE
Interior view: a major staff function in a nonpublic area - Workroom25 AFTER
The Children’s Forest26 The revitalized Children’s Area features an enchanting mural created by local artist Pat Wheeler, and funded by a generous legacy from the estate of Leonard Wilson Black. The artwork was inspired by the local eco-history of the adjacent Don Valley watershed, designed to instill an appreciation of nature and wildlife from an early age. Themed programs in the “Forest” include a Woodland Scavenger Hunt, Owl Craft, and lots of animal stories.
Families gather in the Forest27 There’s even an outhouse – the children’s washroom!
Entrance to the Children’s28 Forest – BEFORE and AFTER Partition walls were demolished to open up and brighten this lower level space.
New Study Space31 Four group study rooms were created through the partitioning of existing space. A new large and bright Study Hall was created on the upper level of the previous theatre space.
More Accessible Collections32 Collections are now more accessible through merchandising, power walls and C3, Markham’s award-winning customer-friendly classification system
New Space – Program Rooms33 BEFORE and AFTER New program rooms were created through the demolition of raked theatre-style seating and the insertion of a new floor (the ceiling in this view) dividing a double-height space into two levels.
More space for civic and cultural34 events Mobile stacks and furniture on wheels makes it easy to create space for civic and cultural events.
Exterior View – from northwest35 1988 construction The exterior was not significantly changed (apart from a new window and emergency exit staircase for the new Study Hall).
Exterior View – from southwest36 1988 construction – not changed by renovation project.
Exterior Entrance37 1974 construction – not changed by renovation project.
FAQs: Thornhill Community Library38 Renovation & Expansion Completed 2011 Architect: WK Lim Architect inc. Contractor: Charterhouse Projects Inc. Corporate Project Managers: SMA-METTKO Ltd. Millwork: Shaw Woodworks Inc. Size (post-renovation): 26,053 sq. ft.