Conceptual Drawings For John Muir Public Library Approved

The JOHN MUIR branch will be the newest in the Windsor Public Library system when it opens in April 2018.

Plans call for the 3,800 sq. ft. branch to be housed in the renovated old Sandwich Fire Hall on Mill Street. Architect Jason Grossi of studio g+G inc. has developed conceptual drawings for the $2,5 million renovation project which balance WPL needs with the space limitations of the location. The plans recognize the need for a functional library in the 21st. century, providing space for customers, technology and the Sandwich local history collection which Mr. Muir was passionate about.

Windsor Public Library Board Chair, Dr. Peter Frise, said that the “John Muir design is a wonderful reflection of the Sandwich community and the passion John Muir had for the area and its history.”

Mr. Muir was Vice-Principal of General Brock Public School for 4 years in the 1970s and returned as principal from 1981 to 1987 and immediately became a leader in advocating for a public library in Sandwich.

The Windsor Public Library Board and staff are privileged and honoured to recognize Mr. Muir for his ongoing efforts to make the community a better place.

Mr. Muir passed away in July, 2016.

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2 Responses to "Conceptual Drawings For John Muir Public Library Approved"

  1. David Hanna says:

    1.Where are the floor plans? 2.Was there any type of community engagement at all regarding the design? 3. What environmental features are Planned? 4. What is happening with the former Carriage House in the rear of the property? 5. Is there a basement? What is the glass area on the tower? 6. Will the library be sharing any part of the building with another tenant or business? 7. Is there any thought at all on an environmentally sustainable plan for the empty property South of the building or will that be merely more excessive asphalt parking? 8. Is the ‘landscaping’ plan in the front and rear of the building going to be all concrete or asphalt, or will it entail a proper, ecologically sound, aesthetic, people orientated landscape plan? 9. Is it still planned to overload the second floor by moving the Municpal archives to this branch?

    • Windsor Public Library says:

      1. Where are the floor plans? Tentative floor plans for the John Muir Library have been developed. At the current stage of development on this project, there is still a great deal of movement that could happen before anything is finalized. If you have an interest in seeing these tentative plans, please contact Adam Craig, manager of public service.
      2. Was there any type of community engagement at all regarding the design? No.
      3. What environmental features are planned? Some clarification on what is meant specifically by ‘environmental features’ is needed, but if this is being asked with respect to the sustainability or ‘green-ness’ of the building, then rest assured that we have looked at every option for ensuring the long-term energy efficiency of this building.
      4. What is happening with the former Carriage House in the rear of the property? Our current design includes the adaptive reuse of the stable for washroom facilities (main floor) and local history (second floor)
      5. Is there a basement? What is the glass area on the tower? There is a small basement which will be used to house mechanical systems for the rest of the building.
      6. Will the library be sharing any part of the building with another tenant or business? No.
      7. Is there any thought at all on an environmentally sustainable plan for the empty property South of the building or will that be merely more excessive asphalt parking? At present there are no plans that the library is aware of for the space south of the building.
      8. Is the ‘landscaping’ plan in the front and rear of the building going to be all concrete or asphalt, or will it entail a proper, ecologically sound, aesthetic, people orientated landscape plan? All surrounding grounds will be treated appropriately, with close attention paid to functionality, accessibility and aesthetics.
      9. Is it still planned to overload the second floor by moving the Municipal archives to this branch? Some clarification on what is meant by ‘overloading the second floor’ would be appreciated, but at present, collection plans for the second floor include a young adult section, some adult fiction and a collection of local history materials that will highlight the area’s past.

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