The City of Brampton and Brampton Library were excited to receive the Ontario Library Association (OLA) New Library Building Award at the Annual Institute on the Library as Place conference in Ottawa
Springdale Branch Library boasts 25,000 square feet of library space, including room for programs, quiet study, engaging activities and a stunning children’s area with an imaginative skylight, all capped by a green roof, greywater system, geothermal heating and cooling, and other attributes that combine to make this branch a candidate for LEED Gold certification.
“Our Springdale branch is a game-changer that reinvents perceptions of public library space,” said Brampton Library CEO Rebecca Raven. “The vision to inspire connections in this well-established neighbourhood culminated in the spectacular building design. We wanted the public to see themselves here and the response has been tremendous. Over 1000 people use our Springdale Branch every day.”
The design by Rounthwaite Dick & Hadley (RDH) Architects Inc. is both functional and aesthetically striking. The windows are covered in a solar-responsive ceramic frit that resembles the pages of a book and helps to reduce glare and heat gain. RDH also designed the four-acre greenfield site outside of the library, which won the firm a 2015 Canadian Architecture award for design excellence.