Posted on: August 3, 2021 | Return to News
On Tuesday, August 3, 2021, the Town of Conception Bay South broke ground for the new library, which will be located in Remembrance Square, next to the existing Recreation Complex. This 8,000 square foot, single story building will provide a versatile space that can accommodate evolving services and programs for the region for years to come.
Centrally located within the Town, the new library will replace the existing location at 110 Conception Bay Highway, and will provide an inclusive, accessible space for visitors. With a project budget of approximately $4 million dollars, the building will include a reading hall, multi-purpose rooms, a children’s programming space, a maker space, and an outdoor reading garden. During the design process, efficient energy options were incorporated, including the use of solar power for key pieces of equipment.
Once completed, the building will become a valued part of the Town’s infrastructure. The facility will be Town owned, and will be leased over a 25-year term by the Provincial Library Board. All building operations and maintenance will be the responsibility of the Town. The lease is accompanied by an annual payment of approximately $230,000 from the provincial government.
“Council could not be happier that development is underway for this project.” said Mayor Terry French. “A public library is a fundamental part of our Town, and this building is a great fit for our growing population. It serves as a place to learn and congregate, while promoting sustainable, green infrastructure.”
“This is a very exciting day for Newfoundland and Labrador Public Libraries” said Andrew Hunt, Executive Director, Newfoundland Labrador Public Libraries. “We are so pleased to see a modern public library being constructed for the citizens of Conception Bay South. This new building is a reflection of the importance and vitality of public libraries. We appreciate the ongoing support of the Town of Conception Bay South and look forward to working together to provide excellent library services to our communities.”
The building was designed by prime consultant SNC Lavalin Incorporated, with construction to be managed and completed by RCS Construction. Site preparation has begun, and construction will begin immediately. Residents are reminded to exercise caution in the area, and respect construction workers and equipment when travelling through construction zones.
Motorists may experience delays. The public opening of the library will be determined at a later date, following a public announcement.
Visual animation of the proposed building can be found on the Town’s website, and YouTube channel.