Much Anticipated State of the Art Library Set to Open Soon in Brampton

Brampton's brand new Springdale Library has been in the works for some time now, and its opening has been delayed a few times. Now, the city has confirmed that the project is working towards an opening that's coming up quickly.

The Springdale Library and Neighbourhood Park was promised a few years ago, and after some delay, another rough timeline has been announced. The project is barreling towards a soft opening in December 2017, an official opening in January 2018, and an official park opening in spring 2018.

The project was initially set for completion prior to summer 2016. Clearly, there has been some delay!

"The City of Brampton recognizes the importance of this facility to the community, and it is our priority to finish construction as soon as possible and provide residents with a high quality facility that will function efficiently for many years," the city told inbrampton.com in a statement.

Springdale Library and Neighbourhood Park will be located at the northeast corner of Bramalea Road and Dewside Drive, and Urban Toronto reports that the site has been partly paid for by a developer “to build townhouses instead of the zoned commercial (there still is a commercial big box development directly south of this site).”

The state of the art library and community centre is set to have 20,000 square feet of library program space and a 5,000 square foot community multi-purpose room. What's more - the library will boast a splash pad, children's play equipment, parking, and a "contemplative garden."

Other library features are geothermal heating and cooling, LED lighting strategies, a reflective white roof and more.

"Presently we are working on completing all interior finishes and interior glass installation and preparing for the commissioning phase as well as final landscaping of the park," said the city.

The library should boast some pretty top of the line architectural touches that you can learn a little more about from Urban Toronto here.

The overall geometry of the building is described by the city as triangular, yet undulating and amorphous, in order to control its shape, but maintain a relationship to the "organic nature" of the site.

In terms of cost, at the beginning of 2017, the city said that “the largest pressure facing the city of Brampton for 2017 is new and enhanced facilities and services.” The 2017 operating budget included an increase of $8.5 million for a host of services, including the Springdale Library & Library Media Support. Details on how much exactly this project is costing the city remain to be seen.

RDH Architects actually won an award of excellence from Canadian Architect for the design, which you can see in more detail here.

According to the Canadian Architect document, the site is intended to function as both a new branch library and a community park for the surrounding neighbourhood.

Here's to hoping we'll have a new community space before year's end.

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