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Ville de Gatineau
Online workshop – Contribute to the new Place des Pionniers construction project
Gatineau, April 22, 2020. – Gatineau is consulting residents about the new Place des Pionniers construction project. The new building will house the Lucy-Faris Library. Residents are invited to share their views about the building's design and integration, as well as about the future building's functions and character.
The consultation will proceed as an online workshop starting at 6:30 p.m., on May 6. This approach will help avoid any negative impact on the project timeline and budget. As you know, the public consultation scheduled for March 21 had to be cancelled due to the pandemic.
An online workshop will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6, 2020.
The online workshop will include a live presentation, a question period and discussions in sub-groups. The discussions will cover three themes: - the new building's design; - the building's integration into its surroundings; and - the future library's functions and character.
Residents can also submit comments through the online form that will be accessible until May 13, 2020.
The comments received will help inform the professionals preparing for the architecture competition.
As you know, the needs of the users of the Lucy-Faris Library are growing and vastly exceed what the current building can offer.
Gatineau seized this opportunity to replace an aging building. The building that currently stands at 115 rue Principale will be demolished and replaced.
The new three-storey building will house the library (two storeys) and the Aylmer service centre.
The future Lucy-Faris Library will be able fulfill its mission as a resource library: - a more extensive collection of books, documents, videos and games, and more variety in its programs and services; - designated lounging areas for different users (children, teens and adults); - work, conference, activity and multimedia areas, as well as reading rooms and quiet areas; and - extended hours.
The next steps will proceed in consultation with residents.
Gatineau will launch an architecture competition in the fall of 2020. - The architecture competition will focus on producing a LEED certified building that will be a source of pride. - Gatineau residents will be asked to vote for their favourite design. Those votes will be counted in the final score.
A working group of residents will be set up. Its job will be to make recommendations on the layout of the spaces in the new library and on the integration of a work of art.
“The library is one of the most frequently used municipal services, and this innovative project is a superb opportunity to make a positive contribution to its design. This new phase is one more step forward in the modernization of Gatineau's libraries,” noted the chair of the Commission des arts, de la culture, des lettres et du patrimoine, Isabelle N. Miron.