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Oak Ridges Project

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Community Visioning Sessions
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December 8, 2014

On December 8, 2014 the architectural team of Perkins + Will conducted a public visioning session of the Oak Ridges Library to define the main priorities of the community regarding a new library.

The public's vision was clear:

  • Create more than a traditional library
  • Provide inviting and demographically specific work spaces within the library
  • The library should be a civic landmark that reflects the unique natural environment and cultivates the local history of the area
  • Feature natural materials
  • Provide access to the latest methods of digital experimentation and equipment to promote technological creativity
  • Create a showcase and incubator of ideas

December 10, 2013

The first community consultation for the new Oak Ridges Library was carried out by Monteith Brown Planning Consultants on December 10, 2013.

Key design elements as established from the community session were:

  • Flexible, separate and shared spaces to meet the changing needs of different user groups.
  • Incorporate new technologies - update the technology available in the library.
  • Expand services and collections - extend open hours, provide self-serve services, expand the multilingual, ESL collections
  • Design attributes should include the natural and cultural heritage of the area, sustainable features, natural lighting, and outdoor spaces.