Richmond Hill, Canada
Town of Richmond Hill & Richmond Hill Public Library
1,925 m2 (20,700 ft2)
Structural Engineering Consultant
Targeting LEED® Silver
The growing needs of the community required a new home for the Oak Ridges Library where it could provide a wider range of community library services that could not be facilitated at the previous location. This modern library is located at the northwest corner of Yonge Street and Regatta Avenue with easy access to public transit. The goal was to create a library of the future while fostering a community hub.
The library’s design keeps flexibility and functionality in mind while providing both shared and separate study spaces, age-specific areas, meetings rooms, computer rooms, a maker space, and an urban living room to encourage casual socializing.
Challenge: The wood roof structure above the main public area was to be clean and expressive as an architectural feature while minimizing any visual distractions of the building services.
Solution: A series of 1200 mm deep exposed glulam beams designed to clear span the 11 meter tall atrium were reinforced to accommodate large openings allowing mechanical and electrical services to penetrate through the beams. Member-to-member wood connections were engineered to be hidden from view.