Catalyst Committee to contribute to Library decisions

The Regina Public Library Board’s concept of tear-down and rebluild Central Library on the same site will be put forward to the Catalyst Committee discussions on coordinating major developments in downtown Regina in October. https://friendsofrpl.ca/central-branch-2021/catalyst-committee-and-the-library/  The recommendations of this Committee, heritage designations and public views can still have a major influence on the next steps for Central Library. In October, the Committee will be holding public consultations on major projects for Regina’s downtown.

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RPL Vote Sept. 27, 2022

On Tuesday September 27th the RPL Board voted to demolish Central Library building and build a completely new building on the same site. However, the recommendations of the City’s Catalyst Committee, heritage designations and public views can still have a major influence on the next steps for Central Library.

On the 27th, after hearing presentations from members of the public asking for a delay in the vote to give people more time to review the reports related to the future of the Central Library building, the Board still went ahead and voted in favour of a tear down and construction of a new building.

The Motions: Three motions were passed by the RPL Board on Sept. 27. Six Board members voted in favour (See list of Board members https://www.reginalibrary.ca/about/leadership )  Mayor Masters and Councillor Findura voted against all the motions. Final votes were 6 to 2 on the motions.

That the Regina Public Library Board concur in the Central Library Renewal Needs Assessment and Project Plan conclusion that “A New Build option is the preferred approach to meet project outcomes and balance functional needs with value for money” and, further, that the preferred location for a New Build is the historic location on the Library’s property at 12th Avenue and Lorne Street.

Second motion, notes from a recording of the meeting. “… that the determination of next steps be referred to the strategic plan committee” (The proper name of the RPL Committee is the Strategic Planning Committee. https://www.reginalibrary.ca/about/leadership/board-committees

Third motion: For the Board to “… receive and file the Central Library Renewal Needs Assessment and Project Plan, the Stakeholder Engagement Summary and the Polling Report.”

What’s involved with a New Build

With the New Build, something has to be done with the “old” building. The Board voted to build again on the same site, so the site would not be sold.

Description from page 57 of the Needs Assessment and Project Planning report:

Option 6 : Design & Construct New (“New Build”)

 Design and construct a purpose built space in downtown Regina to meet the functional and operational requirements of the Central Library

 Disposal of the current facility and, if required, site

 Selection of appropriate site to meet Central Library requirements

Apply for Library Board by Oct 7

Feel as if you have something to contribute to decision-making at the RPL Board? Enter to gain a chance to be on the RPL Board.
https://www.regina.ca/city-government/city-council/boards-committees-commissions/
Deadline 5 pm Friday Oct 7

Show City Council, who appoints the Library Board, that there are enthusiastic committed people that are independent thinkers and want to contribute to proactive positive decision-making, and be publicly accountable for information sharing and decision making.

Its time for a new Board!

“Learn more and apply online”
http://reginask.iqm2.com/Citizens/Board/Vacant

Regina Public Library BoardThe Board is responsible for the operations of public libraries and sets policy for the management of the Regina Public Library, as set out under The Public Libraries Act, 1996.

Term of Reference:

The Board is responsible for the general management, regulation and control of the Public Library.

The Board may establish committees which are tied to the Board’s core responsibilities and which support the work of the Board.

Responsible for the operation of the public libraries within the City of Regina.

Committees will assist the Board by preparing policy alternatives, identifying implications for Board deliberation, and monitoring performance within its defined areas of responsibility.

Composition:

The Board consists of: six or eight members, as determined by City Council, appointed by Council from among the resident electros of the City of Regina.Term Limit: 2 year Terms, unlimited number of Terms. Vacant Positions: Citizen Member 4No additional qualifications are required for this Position  Available from 01/01/2024 

Qualifications for Positions on the Board: 
* How can you contribute to the above committee?
* List your skills, experience & other qualifications relating to the Board or Committee
* Names of other boards/committees (not appointed by the City) which you sit on.

Library additions around the world

There have been many libraries that have rehabilitated and expanded their space, showing that we can also do this in Regina, preserving our heritage modernist building, while enhancing the library. These are some examples.

Moose Jaw Public Library

Winnipeg Millennium Library https://winnipegarchitecture.ca/251-donald-street/

The Patkau rehabilitation of the 1967 Winnipeg Centennial Library. https://www.patkau.ca/projects/winnipeg-millennium-library

          Completed in 2005 for $21-million, the Patkau expansion of the Winnipeg Millennium Library added 3,700 square metres (40,000 sq ft) of new space, construction of a new fourth floor, and renovations throughout the existing 10,000-square-metre (110,000 sq ft) library.

          Awards: General’s Medal in Architecture (2008); Lieutenant-Governor’s Medal in Architecture (2007); Prairie Design Award (2006); and the Canadian Architect Award of Excellence (2004).

Edmonton Library https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/edmonton-public-library-reopening-1.5724880 and video https://www.epl.ca/milner-library/   $85 million.

Renos and refurbishments in Toronto libraries https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/renovations/

Runnymede $3.3 million expansion. 2006.Design Excellence Award  (2007)Ontario Association of Architects   https://www.strattonarchitects.com/runnymede-public-library

Bloor/Gladstone District Library https://www.rdharch.com/bloor-gladstone-library-1 and https://www.archdaily.com/133796/the-bloorgladstone-library-rdh-architects

           “The Bloor/Gladstone Branch library project is a renovation and addition to a listed heritage library in downtown Toronto. The architects were commissioned to design for an additional 12,000 sqf, bringing the collection and facilities to a level consistent with that of a Toronto District Library. The final design includes major renovations to the existing building as well as the construction of an addition.” 2009.

Robarts Library, University of Toronto https://dsai.ca/projects/robarts-common/ and https://dailyhive.com/toronto/u-of-t-robarts-library-expansion-renderings ( add 50,000 sq ft.)

          “With ample natural light, room for 1,200 students to study in quiet or socialize in soundproofed rooms, and accessible spaces for the entire U of T community, Robarts Common is a human-centred, collaborative area. Opening in advance of the 50th anniversary of Robarts Library, Robarts Common is part of a wider revitalization of the iconic building in the heart of U of T’s downtown campus.”     https://defygravitycampaign.utoronto.ca/news-and-stories/official-opening-of-robarts-common/

OCAD University (Ontario College of Art and Design), Toronto https://all.design/willalsop/ocad

          Another possibility would be to build up on the west lot and partially over the current building. The addition by architect Will Alsop to the Ontario College of Art is a striking example of what could be done. Described as a flying box-on-legs” it definitely has a “buzzy vibe” (link to site -Will Alsop on 10 Years of OCAD U’s Sharp Centre for Design) https://www.designlinesmagazine.com/will-alsop-10-years/ .

Hamilton Central Library https://www.rdharch.com/hamilton-central-library-and-farmers-market-1.

          “This major renovation in downtown Hamilton rejuvenates the existing facility through the reorganisation of both program elements: the first two stories are re-clad in glazed curtain wall while an addition is placed at the northwest corner to reconfigure the main entry. The resulting transparent, glowing, horizontal slab reconnects the library to the market and to the new street edge, projecting the life and vitality of the library and market the city and its inhabitants. “

          Awards: 2014 Chicago Athenaeum International Award of Excellence, 2012 Ontario Library Association Award of Excellence, 2012 Canadian Interiors Best of Canada Award2011 OAA Award for Design Excellence, 2011 Design Exchange National Bronze Medal,2009 Canadian Architect Awards of Excellence Notable Mention.

The Morgan Library and Museum, New York https://www.themorgan.org/architecture/renzo-piano/expansion

Boston Library https://rawnarch.com/projects/bpl-boylston.html

Beyazit State Library, Istanbul, Turkey https://www.archdaily.com/791885/beyazit-state-library-tabanlioglu-architects

OTHER BUILDING ADDITIONS

Watari Museum of Art, built on a 600 square meter site (about the same size as the Central Library west lot) with 6 floors giving 3600 sq. meters of space. http://www.watarium.co.jp/en/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watari_Museum_of_Contemporary_Art

Statements to Library Board – citizens speak

The following have been submitted to the Regina Public Library Board for their September 27, 2022 meeting, where they propose to vote to demolish Central Library and rebuild.

Friends of the Regina Public Library FRPL to RPL Board Sept 20, 2022 – final to RPL

Florence Stratton Library Board, Central Library

Jeannie Mah RPL Board Central Library Renewal Sept 27 2022

Jim Elliott Letter to RPL Board – September 27, 2022

Jim Holmes Jim Holmes to RPL Board Sept 27, 2022

John Bishop John Bishop – Outreach Room – Sept. 20, 2022 – to RPL Board – rev

Lorne Beug Lorne Beug for RPL Board meeting on 27th Sept 2022

Mark Wihak MW RPL Board letter Sept 2022 3

Robin Clark Letter _ RPL Central Branch

Shawne Arzab Shawne Arzab to RPL Board Sept 20, 2022 final

Reports on Central Library now available

The reports on the future of Central Library are available on the Regina Public Library website.

Central Library Renewal overview https://www.reginalibrary.ca/about/major-projects

Central Library Renewal recent developments and reports https://cld.reginalibrary.ca/

Central Library Reports dating back to 2009 https://cld.reginalibrary.ca/?q=node/18

Note that in August of 2022, 5 reports from 2010 to 2015 were listed, including the “RPL P3 Canada Fund: Round Three Application” of 2011. On September 16, 2022 sixteen reports were listed, minus the P3 Fund application. Twelve reports were made available for the first time. These reports dated back as far as 2009.

It is good to have these reports now.

But why were these reports not made available to the public earlier on?

Mayor supports more time to review Central Library’s future

On CBC Morning Edition this morning Mayor Masters agreed that 4 days is not enough time for the public to consider the RPL decision pending on Sept. 27 to demolish the Central Library and rebuild, and at the upcoming Board meeting she would suggest more time for public review.

Please make a submission to the RPL Board by Sept. 20 for their Sept. 27th meeting to voice your views on the future of the building and the need for more time for the public to review RPL report recommendations, available on Sept. 16.

See details on how to respond in the post below.

Central teardown decision and ways to respond

The RPL presented an update about the future of Central Library to the City of Regina Executive Committee at 9 am on Wed Sept 7th. The RPL Board had looked at 7 options, but they were not shared with the public. Without obtaining public views on the options, the RPL Board decided to tear down the current Central Library and build a new one. But the RPL’s vote will not be made until their Sept. 27 Board meeting.

People can view the RPL reports about Central Library at the RPL website on Friday Sept. 16 sometime after 12 noon. https://www.reginalibrary.ca/about/leadership/board-meetings-2022

A request to make a presentation and written submissions must be in to the RPL by 12 Noon on Tuesday Sept. 20. (Please follow instructions exactly, phone the RPL if you have any doubts or questions. They are extremely strict about their rules.) https://www.reginalibrary.ca/about/leadership/presenting-to-the-board Specify that you want your submission to go to all of the Board members. And specifically state that you want to make a presentation on Sept. 27th.

Presentations and letters about Central’s future

The following letters were submitted to the City of Regina Executive Committee’s meeting on September 7, 2022, where the RPL made their proposal to tear down the current Central Library building and build a new building.

FRPL news release FRPL News Release – Sept 6, 2022 final

FRPL (letter sent in, presentation made) FRPL to Regina Exec Ctte Sept 1, 2022 – final

Florence Stratton (letter sent in, presentation made) EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE CENTRAL LIBRARY

Jeannie Mah  (letter sent in, presentation made) RPL + Central Library_ Sept 7, 2022

Jim Elliott  (letter sent in, presentation made) EX22-82 Jim Elliott

Shawne Arzab (letter sent in)Shawne Arzab to Regina Exec Ctte Sept 1, 2022 final

Central Library Proposal Sept 7 at City Executive Committee

The Regina Public Library Board will present its proposal about the future of Central Library at 9 am on Wed Sept 7th

Direct link to Agenda http://reginask.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=14&ID=4610&Inline=True

Direct link to the PDF that contains the RPL proposal and citizen presentations    http://reginask.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=1&ID=4610&Inline=True

First the RPL will make its presentation, then the citizens will make their presentations. RPL presentation (pages 189 to 208).

Delegations – EX22-82 (presentations) 

• Joanne Havelock, Friends of the Regina Public Library

• Jim Elliott

• Barbara McNeil

• Florence Stratton

• Jeannie Mah

Communications
– Letters were sent in by:

  • Joanne Havelock, Friends of the Regina Public Library (pages 17 to 19),
  • Jim Elliott (page 20) plus RPL Building Assessment Report (pages 21 to 185 including RPL Modernization, Order of Magnitude Cost Estimate pages 155 to 185).
  • Shawne Arzab (pages 186-187)
  • Florence Stratton (but not included in this agenda)

You can attend the meeting in person. Or, the meeting will be broadcast through the City of Regina’s meeting portal and through Access Communications  See details on this page  http://reginask.iqm2.com/Citizens/default.aspx  (City Council meetings are usually broadcast on Access channel 7 TV, but Committee meetings are not usually broadcast on TV, so watch online or attend in person.)

In future, if you go to the City website, the link  http://reginask.iqm2.com/Citizens/default.aspx is to the meeting portal of the City of Regina. Scroll down, identify the meeting, and select Agenda, Agenda Packet, live video of the meeting, minutes, recorded video of meeting.

Also, at any time you can send in letters to the City Clerks clerks@regina.ca to pass on to the Councillors, and email or phone City Councillors directly.