West district library presentation

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A presentation of three design options for the proposed West District branch of Ottawa Public Library.

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  • require an innovative architectural design to integrate the two fundamental frameworks for library service: state of art technology while maintaining the friendly, customer-focused accessible environment that has always typified public libraries contain design elements and dedicated spaces that may not traditionally have been part of an Ottawa Public Library branch
  • West district library presentation

    1. 1. West District Library Kanata North Ward Council February 28, 2011
    2. 2. Tonight’s Meeting <ul><li>Brief outline of West District Project </li></ul><ul><li>Explanation of a “District Library”? </li></ul><ul><li>Preliminary Project Timelines </li></ul><ul><li>Community & Stakeholder Engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Overview of Site Placement Options </li></ul><ul><li>Questions & Further Input </li></ul><ul><li>View options & speak with staff </li></ul>
    3. 3. West District to Date <ul><li>2006 - Growth Planning Study confirmed need </li></ul><ul><li>- Project to be funded via development charges </li></ul><ul><li>- Site Location Report approved by OPL Board (Sept 10) directing </li></ul><ul><li> OPL participation in City’s P3 Kanata Town Centre (KTC) project </li></ul><ul><li>2009 - $10 Million capital budget approved by Council </li></ul><ul><li>2010 - Detailed Functional Building program started </li></ul><ul><li>- Significant issues identified with KTC </li></ul><ul><li>- Alternate sites evaluated; Beaverbrook scores highest </li></ul><ul><li>- Beaverbrook Feasibility Study undertaken </li></ul><ul><li>2010 - November 15 Board approved Beaverbrook site as preferred location for West District </li></ul>
    4. 4. What is a District Library? <ul><ul><li>OPL Service Delivery Model </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Currently OPL has 3 district libraries: Cumberland, Greenboro and Nepean Centrepointe </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A resource for the residents of Kanata, West Carleton and Goulbourn </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A community branch </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. District Library cont’d <ul><ul><ul><li>General Features: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>25,000 to 30,000 sq ft </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A combination of state of the art technology with friendly customer-focussed service </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A civic gathering place </li></ul></ul></ul>
    6. 6. District Library cont’d <ul><li>Specific features: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Programming and outreach </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Collections </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Types of spaces: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Teens </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Seniors </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Business </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Meeting and gathering space </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Technology (wired and wireless) </li></ul></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Preliminary Project Timelines <ul><li>2010 - Board approved New West District Library Site </li></ul><ul><li>2011 - Project Planning; Community Consultation; and Stakeholder Engagement </li></ul><ul><li>- Detailed Functional Building Program </li></ul><ul><li>- Selection of Architect </li></ul><ul><li>- Design Building & Selection; Construction Documents </li></ul><ul><li>2012 - Final Design Presentation </li></ul><ul><li>- Construction Tender Award - approval by Board </li></ul><ul><li>- Construction commences </li></ul><ul><li>2013 - Library Opening </li></ul>
    8. 8. Community & Stakeholder Engagement <ul><li>A number of ways to provide and share information: </li></ul><ul><li>OPL Website </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/main/about/library/west </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Email: [email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Public consultation and information sessions </li></ul><ul><li>Engagement with stakeholders: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>OPL will work with Councillors, City, School Board and community groups to provide project information and gather input </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Board meetings </li></ul><ul><ul><li>open to the public </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Staff reports available on website </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Where We Are Now <ul><li>Feasibility Study – September 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>GRC Architects completed Feasibility Study of Beaverbrook site for new West District Library </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple options </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Free standing building </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vertical expansion & renovation of existing structure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Two storey addition to current branch </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. Option A Free standing building <ul><li>Demolish existing branch </li></ul><ul><li>Existing road entrance to be reconfigured </li></ul><ul><li>Main entrance of library to face parking area </li></ul><ul><li>New building allows for optimal 9m x 9m column grid design preferred for libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Existing services to be relocated </li></ul><ul><li>Existing storm drainage impacted </li></ul><ul><li>Net increase in parking: 27 spaces </li></ul><ul><li>New Mlacak Centre entrance would need to be designed and constructed </li></ul>
    11. 11. Option A - Free standing building <ul><li>Pros </li></ul><ul><li>Existing Branch could remain operational during construction </li></ul><ul><li>An entirely new branch unencumbered by existing limitations </li></ul><ul><li>High profile site from roadway </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunities for views into abutting woods </li></ul><ul><li>Cons </li></ul><ul><li>Building not linked to Mlacak Centre </li></ul><ul><li>Need to build separate entrance to Mlacak would be an additional project cost </li></ul><ul><li>Service realignment for new site would entail additional project costs </li></ul><ul><li>Limited parking in close proximity to library </li></ul><ul><li>Green space removed from site </li></ul><ul><li>Existing building demolished to meet parking requirements </li></ul>
    12. 12. Option B - Vertical Expansion & Renovation of Existing Branch <ul><li>Vertical expansion with almost identical building massing on both floors </li></ul><ul><li>May include some ground floor expansion </li></ul><ul><li>Renovation and reuse of existing structure and foundations </li></ul><ul><li>Feasibility of reuse to be confirmed by engineering review. </li></ul><ul><li>Existing structure would require upgrades to meet new building code requirements </li></ul><ul><li>No major impact on existing servicing to building </li></ul><ul><li>Net increase in parking: 27 spaces – includes new 22 space lot at south end of site </li></ul>
    13. 13. Option B - Vertical Expansion & Renovation of Existing Branch <ul><li>Pros </li></ul><ul><li>Building linked to Mlacak Centre </li></ul><ul><li>An entirely new branch unencumbered by existing limitations </li></ul><ul><li>Minimal service infrastructure realignment costs </li></ul><ul><li>Reuse of existing structure and materials as much as possible </li></ul><ul><li>Two storey building would provide enhanced visibility from road entrance </li></ul><ul><li>Cons </li></ul><ul><li>Cost of salvage and re-use may exceed cost to build new </li></ul><ul><li>Beaverbrook closure requires alternative service option during construction </li></ul><ul><li>Retains overall long and narrow design of original branch </li></ul><ul><li>Site difficult for optimal 9m x 9m column grid design </li></ul><ul><li>Green space removed from site for parking </li></ul>
    14. 14. Option C – Two Storey Addition to Current Branch <ul><li>Renovation and reuse of existing structure minimizing structural impacts </li></ul><ul><li>Current east side of building is opened up and connected to a two storey addition </li></ul><ul><li>Feasibility of reuse and impacts on existing structure to be confirmed by engineering review. </li></ul><ul><li>Existing structure would require upgrades to meet new building code requirements </li></ul><ul><li>No major impact on existing servicing to building </li></ul><ul><li>Parking: 50 spaces removed for addition, and 32 new spaces required </li></ul><ul><li>New Parking lot at south end of site would hold 63 spaces. Additional parking lot with 19 spaces to be determined </li></ul>
    15. 15. Option C – Two Storey Addition to Current Branch <ul><li>Pros </li></ul><ul><li>Building linked to Mlacak Centre </li></ul><ul><li>An entirely new addition unencumbered by some existing limitations </li></ul><ul><li>Beaverbrook closure could be shortened to a later phase of construction and shorten the time period needed to provide alternative service option </li></ul><ul><li>Minimal service infrastructure realignment costs </li></ul><ul><li>Reuse of existing structure and materials as much as possible </li></ul><ul><li>Two storey building would provide enhanced visibility from road entrance </li></ul><ul><li>Addition conforms to preferred 9m x 9m column grid design </li></ul><ul><li>Cons </li></ul><ul><li>Cost of renovation and upgrade to existing structure may exceed cost to rebuild that portion new </li></ul><ul><li>Addition to employ 9m x 9m column grid design but in long & narrow configuration </li></ul><ul><li>Green space removed from site for parking </li></ul><ul><li>Need to identify an additional parking lot expansion with 19 more spaces </li></ul>
    16. 16. Questions/Input <ul><li>For information on West District </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Email: WestDistrict@biblioottawalibrary.ca </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/main/about/library/west   </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contact: Linda Standing, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Linda Standing </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Public Service Manager, 613-592-2712 x26 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Thank you for your interest and participation! </li></ul></ul>

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