Renovation Updates

The Main Branch of the New Westminster Public Library is currently undergoing a renovation project which is expected to be completed by September 2018.

Service disruptions will be kept to a minimum as the library will remain open during the majority of the construction phase.

We will provide updates for the public on this page as well as on social media. Please follow @NWPLibrary on Twitter and watch the hashtag #NWPLreno for the latest time-sensitive news.

Current Stage Duration Completion Date
1. Design Stage 6 months Jun 30, 2017

 

 

  • The current uptown library is comprised of the original 1958 building and the 1978 west side extension. The only significant improvement to the building interior was a $400,000 design change to the public areas on the second floor in 2005. Use of the building has increased significantly since 1978, both in the volume and type of use. As a result, interior infrastructure unchanged since that time is now clearly in need of replacement or upgrading.

    • Community Survey identifies the outdated Uptown Library as a source of dissatisfaction for many library users
    • NWPL Board highlights the need to improve the Uptown Library in their 2015-2018 Strategic Plan
    • Library staff identify critical areas of improvement and renewal
    • Mayor Cote and City Council approve the Library Renovation Project as one of their Strategic Priorities in November of 2015
    • Pre-Design work and costing are finished in February of 2016
    • New Westminster City Council approves budget for Renovation Project in October of 2016
  • Enhancements

    Infrastructure Changes

    Main Floor

    • Dedicated Teen Space
    • More efficient public service desks
    • Workspace changes that will enhance workflow and improve service
    • New ends on shelving

    Second Floor

    • Additional Study Room
    • Technology Learning Centre

    Meeting Rooms

    • Built-in technology in Plaskett Room
    • Built-in technology and kitchen upgrade in Auditorium

    All Floors

    • Accessibility upgrades and refurbished public washrooms
    • Upgrades to older public area lighting
    • New lighting on the exterior of the building
    • Increased building efficiency through improved lighting and replacement of windows
    • Replacement of most ceilings and HVAC ducting
    • Improved electrical configuration and new electrical transformer
    • Painting throughout the  building

     

  • PROJECT COST COMPONENT

    Budget

    Renewal Costs

    $4,179,900

    Enhancement Costs

         374,800

    Exterior Landscape Work

        128,500

    Total Project Cost

    $4,683,200.00

     

  • Stage

    Complete

    Length*

    Need to Know Information

    1.Design Stage

    Jan 9 – Jun 30

    Current

     

    6 Months*

     

    Successful applicants for Design Phase of project:

    Architectural Services

    David Norman Architect Inc.

    Contact Person: Dave Norman

    Electrical Engineering

    Acumen Engineering LTD

    Contact Person: Maciej Lewandowski

    Mechanical Engineering

    Jade West Engineering Co LTD               

    Contact Person: John Makepeace


    The construction tenders will be done when the design phase is complete.

    2.Costing Stage

    July 2017

    1 Month*

    TBA

    3.Construction Tender

    Aug 2017 – Sept 2017 

    2 Months*

     

    TBA

    4.Construction Phase

    Oct 2017 – Sep 2018

     12 Months*

     

     

    TBA


    * please note that these dates are approximate

  • Julie Spurrell, Chief Librarian

    Phone: 604-527-4675  |  Email: jspurrell@nwpl.ca

    Susan Buss, Deputy Chief Librarian

    Phone: 604-527-4669  |  Email: sbuss@nwpl.ca

    Erin Watkins, Manager of Programs & Community Development

    Phone: 604-527-4678  |  Email: ewatkins@nwpl.ca

  • Please contact these organizations for further details about their meeting and event space.

     

    Anvil Centre

    777 Columbia Street

    Tel: 604-515-3830

    https://anvilcentre.com/plan/capacities/

     

    Centennial Lodge

    Queen's Park

    1st Street & 3rd Avenue

    Tel: 604-777-5111

    https://www.newwestcity.ca/parks-and-recreation/book-facilities-fields-and-parks/articles/5541.php

     

    Centennial Community Centre

    65 East 6th Ave

    Tel: 604-777-5100

    https://www.newwestcity.ca/parks-and-recreation/facilities/centennial-community-centre

     

    Century House

    620 8th Street

    Tel: 604-519-1066

    https://www.newwestcity.ca/parks-and-recreation/facilities/century-house

     

    Douglas College

    700 Royal Avenue

    Tel: 604-527-5613

    http://www.douglascollege.ca/about-douglas/campus-facilities/room-event-booking

     

    Inn and the Quay

    900 Quayside Drive

    Tel: 604-520-1776

    Toll: 1-800-663-2001

    http://www.innatwestminsterquay.com/banquets.html

     

    Queensborough Community Centre

    920 Ewen Avenue

    Tel: 604-525-7388

    https://www.newwestcity.ca/parks-and-recreation/book-facilities-fields-and-parks/articles/5382.php

     

    River Market

    810 Quayside Drive

    Tel: 604-520-3881

    http://rivermarket.ca/visitorinfo/facility-rental

     

    Buy-Low Foods Meeting Room

    555 6th Street

    Tel:604-524-0654

     

    Waves Coffee table reservation

    599 6th Street

    Tel: 604-553-3953

    https://wavescoffee.com/our-stores/columbia

     

    Waves Coffee Meeting Room

    715 Columbia Street

    Tel: 604-529-9283

    https://wavescoffee.com/our-stores/6th-6th

     

    TMFOX Café

    1190 8th Ave

    Tel: 604-549-8788

    info@tmfox.com

    http://van.tmfox.com