Sooke library construction underway

Monday, October 26, 2020

Construction of a state-of-the-art new library for the District of Sooke is underway. When complete in 2022, the community will have access to more than 13,000 square feet of space to browse materials, conduct meetings and access technology.

The iconic circular design is by architectural firm HDR, and the general contractor is Nanaimo-based Island West Coast Developments. Initial work includes preparing site surveys, clearing trees and brush, cutting in an access road, and mobilizing construction sites.

“I expect the people of Sooke will watch with interest and excitement as this important capital project takes shape. In a year like no other, it is especially heartening to move forward with such a well needed and long-awaited community amenity,” says Brenda Leigh, chair of the Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) board of trustees.

The plan for the new $7.5 million two-storey library encompasses all aspects of the project, including construction, furniture, IT infrastructure, and more. The library will be built on one-acre of a five-acre lot, along Wadams Way, owned by the district.

“We have a clear vision for the future development and growth of our community,” says Sooke Mayor, Maja Tait. “A vibrant and modern library was an important piece in our plans — I have full confidence that with this library, we are setting the wheels in motion for ongoing and sustainable development of Lot A, the Wadams Way corridor, and surrounding area.”

Once built, Sooke will have a state-of-the-art library with the following features and amenities:

  • 13,412 square feet will offer a diverse collection, multiuse spaces, and more;
  • Increased staffing;
  • Expanded hours of operation;
  • Expanded program schedule;
  • Vibrant children’s area, fireplace lounge area;
  • Laptop bar, study space, bookable rooms.

“This new library will evolve and complement Sooke’s ongoing transition into a destination of choice for people living and visiting south of the Malahat,” says Rosemary Bonanno, VIRL’s executive director.

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