March 1st, 2019
Locke Street Library
We celebrated the grand reopening of the newly renovated Hamilton Public Library Locke Street branch on Saturday 2nd March. The party kicked off at 10am with Ward 1 Councillor, Maureen Wilson, followed by a cake-cutting ceremony at 10:15 am and lots of programming throughout the day.
We were there to discuss the importance of this project and how vital collaboration was when creating an accessible space to fulfill staff and user needs.
Further project details:
In early 2019 we completed renovations at Locke Street Library. Well-loved in the Hamilton community, the branch is the oldest in the Hamilton Public Library system opening on February 2, 1925.
The scope of work at the historic site included an enclosed vestibule addition and interior renovation, with the goal of improved accessibility and stakeholder experience within the facility. The conditioned vestibule entrance, constructed of striking coloured glass, lights up Locke Street at night and provides new accessible access through sliding doors. A new flexible checkout desk with accessible counter heights delivers a more personal engagement experience with users. Barrier-free upgrades, ramped access, universal washrooms and central stroller storage were also implemented, transforming the space. Externally, a sheltered outdoor reading area has been incorporated into the landscaping.
Pete VandenArend, Designer at mcCallumSather says: “It has been an honor to work with the Locke Street Library branch staff. It is a great example of design professionals and building occupants collaborating together. When the Architect and Design team create a concept that the owner really associates with, the result is a visually impactful facility that meets staff and user needs. Design concept can guide decisions through construction and gives a building a healthy sense of ownership.”