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Library Renovation I


We were hired to complete two small library renovations in the greater Toronto area. The client's primary aim was to update the existing spaces to meet the evolving needs of their patrons while providing an improved workspace for their employees. Central to this exercise was accessability: the new AODA (Accessibility for Ontarioians with Disabilities Act) standards were to be met, and the functionality of the spaces were to be improved for both staff and patrons. Under the guidance of architect Luc Bouliane, I was given the opportunity to lead the project and produce the tender set.

For both library branches, the main circulation desk became the focus of our efforts. New technologies, security systems, accessible workstations that moved vertically, and durable materials all became important factors in the final design. The circulation desks became quite complex creatures, and detailing them was a challenge.

While both drawing sets went for tender, one of them was scrapped upon the change of local governance and budget. The other is expected to undergo a redesign in 2015.

while I produced these images, they appear courtesy of Architects Luc Bouliane