Rosemount Revitalization

UPDATE - January 18

 

Rosemount Revitalization FAQs

 

  • What will the library look like after the revitalization?

    • Outside, the most prominent change will be a new, enlarged vestibule topped by a glass reading room. This reading room will act as a beacon inviting customers into the library. Inside, the ground floor will be redeveloped to provide two public meeting rooms and more efficient supporting spaces such as modernized washrooms and a book processing room. Upstairs, the space will be rejuvenated while respecting and enhancing the heritage character. There will be a dedicated children’s area in the back wing and spaces in the front reading room for books, computers, reading, study and a dedicated teen zone.

 

  • Will there be an addition to the building?

    • There will be a new front entrance, a glass reading room and a rear exit stairway. The property upon which the branch sits is too small to expand further.

 

  • What is it going to cost?

    • Pending Board approval in March 2019, Ottawa Public Library will be spending $2.4 million on this project, which is the largest branch revitalization budget to date.

 

  • Who is the architect?

    • +VG Architects (The Ventin Group Ltd.) of Ottawa have been selected as the architectural firm for the project following a request for proposal process. The firm has excellent library experience including the renovation of eight other Carnegie libraries in Ontario.

 

  • How can I participate in the design?

    • Public engagement took place over the fall of 2018. There were 698 respondents to an on-line survey, 107 people attended or responded to an October open house and close to 200 people were engaged during two information sessions in December. The final design will be unveiled in February 2019.

 

  • When will construction start?

    • Construction is planned for spring 2019.

 

  • How long will construction take?

    • We expect that the construction will be completed by spring 2020.

 

  • Will the branch be open during construction?

    • The Rosemount branch will operated out of a temporary storefront location at 1207 Wellington St. W. during the construction period.

 

  • How will this affect employees?

    • You will see many employees working at the temporary location. Other employees will be working at other branches during the revitalization.

 

  • Will there be programs during the revitalization?

    • Staff are investigating options for providing programs at other sites in the community.

 

  • Where can I pick up my holds during the revitalization?

    • Holds will be available at the temporary location.

 

  • I usually return my books at the branch.  Will I be able to do this at the temporary location?

    • The temporary location will accept returns during the revitalization. Returns can also be made at any of the other 32 OPL branches.

 

  • What Library services will be available at the temporary location?
  • The temporary location will offer all the same services, but in a limited space and capacity.

 

  • Is there parking at the temporary location?

    • There is 90-minute free parking on Wellington St., a pay parking lot just west of the temporary location, and metered parking on Hamilton Avenue just east of the temporary location.

 

  • Where are the closest other branches?

    • Sunnyside branch and Main branch are within 5 km of Rosemount branch.
    • Emerald Plaza branch and Carlingwood branch are within 8 km of  Rosemount branch.

 

 

UPDATE - December 12

 

Yesterday, at the meeting of the Ottawa Public Library Board, the Board directed staff to include an additional $400K in capital funding for revitalizing the busy 100-year-old Rosemount branch of the Ottawa Public Library. The extra 20 percent on the project’s $2M budget will allow the revitalization to better address input and ideas from the community and significantly enhance the customer experience.

 

The enhanced design option will include all aspects of the basic design and will add 150 square feet of additional public space, improved seating options, better showcasing of the branch’s historical character, additional sustainability features, greater natural light, public art, a glass “reading room” and a more welcoming and prominent entry to the branch. Without the additional funding, the $2M design renovation would have met operational, building code and accessibility requirements; preserved key heritage elements, incorporated some sustainability elements and modestly increased public floor space. The Board agreed that the improved customer experience provided by the enhanced design justifies the extra cost.

 

The community is invited to view the preliminary enhanced design at two Open Houses to be held at the branch, 18 Rosemount Avenue, on Thursday, December 13 from 6 to 8 pm Saturday, December 15 from noon to 2 pm. The preliminary enhanced design can also be viewed on the OPL website

 

Construction work is anticipated to start in spring 2019 for completion in late in 2019 during which Library services will be provided at a nearby temporary location.

 

UPDATE - December 4, 2018

 

There will be two Open House sessions at the Rosemount branch:

Come by the branch at 18 Rosemount Ave. to see the preliminary design and share your comments.

 

 

UPDATE – October 4, 2018

 

Thanks to everyone who attended the Open House session yesterday to provide feedback on the architectural approach to revitalizing OPL’s Rosemount branch. For those who were not able to attend, or who would like to view the presentation by +VG architects who have been hired to carry out the revitalization, including much of the public consultation, you can view the full presentation here.

 

 

UPDATE – September 13, 2018

Rosemount branch is undergoing revitalization and community input will be key to the success of the project.

There will be three main opportunities for the public to share their thoughts:

1.         Complete a preliminary online survey
2.         Join us at the Rosemount Revitalization Open House – or provide feedback online further to the information presented

3.         Provide input on the design concept (to be released in December; more information to follow).

 

Preliminary Online Survey

We know that the Rosemount branch plays an important role in its community.  This survey will help us understand more about typical customer visits to the branch, and public opinions regarding heritage, architecture, layout, accessibility, technology, and the overall use and function of the building. 

This bilingual survey should take no more than seven minutes to complete, and is available here.

 

Rosemount Revitalization Open House – October 3, 2018 6 pm to 8 pm

OPL will be hosting a Rosemount Revitalization Open House on October 3, 2018 between 6 p.m. and 8 pm.  The public can meet with the architectural team (+VG) leading the revitalization to learn more about the project scope and potential options for the building layout and design. Members of the public can share their thoughts and wants as we work together to revitalize this important community branch. The Open House is a drop-in format.

 

For anyone who cannot make it to the Open House, a version of the presented materials as well as options to provide feedback will be available online. Please check back here on October 4, 2018!

 

Design Concept

In December, the architectural team will return to the OPL Board with the design concept. Following this release, the public will have an opportunity to review the design in the community.  More information to follow in November.

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Ottawa Public Library has engaged +VG Architects to design the revitalization of the Rosemount branch. This project will extensively renovate and refresh the branch, address building condition and accessibility issues, improve efficiencies, and modestly increase public floor space.

+VG Architects is an award-winning architectural firm known for innovative approaches to their design. Carnegie Library upgrade projects represent a core competency of their experience; having completed projects at eight of Ontario’s remaining Carnegie Libraries (more than 10%).

Overall Design Objectives:

  • Provide functional, flexible library spaces by creating multi-use areas with open sightlines;
  • Rehabilitate building elements, while retaining and complementing the building’s historic character;
  • Address accessibility requirements;
  • Address sustainability requirements;
  • Address building code requirements;
  • and Incorporate Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles.

Public input is a key to the success of the Rosemount Revitalization, and is set to begin in early Fall 2018. More information and specific dates to follow in September 2018. Construction is tentatively set to begin in April 2019, at which time the branch will be closed for revitalization. Service to the community will continue at a temporary site at 1207 Wellington Street West.

Rosemount Revitalization FAQs

  • What will the library look like after the revitalization?

    • The design solution will depend on the feedback received through the public engagement process. We expect that the building will have a new entrance that will be more in keeping with the heritage architecture. Inside, we are looking forward to more light, new furniture, and flexible, functional spaces.
  • Will there be an addition to the building?

    • There will be a new front entrance and a rear stairway. The property upon which the branch sits is too small to expand further.
  • What is it going to cost?

    • Ottawa Public Library will be spending $2 million on this project, which is the largest branch revitalization budget to date.
  • Who is the architect?

    • +VG Architects (The Ventin Group Ltd.) of Ottawa have been selected as the architectural firm for the project following a request for proposal process. The firm has excellent library experience including the renovation of eight other Carnegie libraries in Ontario.
  • How can I participate in the design?

    • Public engagement will begin in early fall. More information and specific dates will be available in September.
  • When will construction start?

    • Construction is planned for spring 2019.
  • How long will construction take?

    • We expect that the construction will be completed by spring 2020.
  • Will the branch be open during construction?

    • The Rosemount branch will operated out of a temporary storefront location at 1207 Wellington St. W. during the construction period.
  • How will this affect employees?

    • You will see many employees working at the temporary location. Other employees will be working at other branches during the revitalization.
  • Will there be programs during the revitalization?

    • Staff are investigating options for providing programs at other sites in the community.
  • Where can I pick up my holds during the revitalization?

    • Holds will be available at the temporary location.
  • I usually return my books at the branch. Will I be able to do this at the temporary location?

    • The temporary location will accept returns during the revitalization. Returns can also be made at any of the other 32 OPL branches.
  • Is there parking at the temporary location?

    • There is 90 minute free parking on Wellington St., a pay parking lot just west of the temporary location, and metered parking on Hamilton Avenue just east of the temporary location.
  • Where are the closest other branches?

    • Sunnyside branch and Main branch are within 5 km of Rosemount branch.
    • Emerald Plaza branch and Carlingwood branch are within 8km of Rosemount branch.