Cultural/Civic

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Project Specs
Completion date:

2013

Size:

21,845 sq ft

Budget:

$6.7 million

The Gaynor Family Regional Library

The Gaynor Family Regional Library is a 21,845 s.f. multi-use facility envisioned as a new collective of information technology which will vastly improve the quality of library services for the regions of Selkirk, St. Andrews and St. Clements. The facility saw see two regional entities come together, with the new 15,000 s.f. Library and the offices for the Selkirk & District Planning Area Board housed under the same roof. Intended as a public commons, a place of social and cultural intersection, the project is a manifestation of the desire to create a ‘neighbourhood hub’ for the surrounding region.

The architectural design is intended to both optimize the visibility of the Library in the community and act as a site of reflection and repose within the landscape, framing and drawing focus to specific prairie vistas. By introducing large expanses of glass, the library’s activity is highly visible, employing a strategy that also allows natural daylight to reflect deep into the building.

Beyond the design of the building, the project employs a number of innovative sustainable design strategies with a specific focus on enhanced energy performance, including but not limited to; a complete geothermal heating & cooling system, overall interactive systems control, locally sourced material selection and a naturalized site drainage design. Provisions for future growth have also been considered, with the anticipation that this public amenity will grow along with its’ community.