Sardis Library Project

Southside Library Project

Chilliwack Council selected the name ‘Sardis Library’ for the new library at the December 20, 2011 Regular Meeting. This name was recommended as the preferred option, based on input from the Fraser Valley Regional Library (FVRL) and feedback from the public at the Open House for the library on July 6, 2011.

The City of Chilliwack is pleased to announce that Titan Construction Company Limited and Craven Huston Powers Architects have been selected to design and build the new library. The completion date for the Sardis library is October 2012 and opening day is anticipated for Spring 2013.

Highlights of the plan include:

  • 10,600 square feet facility (Increase from original plan of 9,700 square foot facility at no additional cost)
  • Multi-purpose community space which can be accessed after library hours
  • Adult area with fireplace feature
  • Children’s area
  • Staff workroom space
  • Interior and exterior book drops
  • Two self -checkouts
  • 74 new parking spaces
  • Trail network maintained

Sustainable Design Features of Sardis Library

The following guiding principles for the sustainable design of the Sardis Library Project are as below:

  • Reduce annual operating costs through optimal building design and orientation, high efficiency glazing, and natural ventilation
  • Reduce future operating costs through the use of superior finishes
  • Create a high quality, indoor environment through access to daylight and views, natural ventilation, and control over occupant comfort
  • Conserve natural resources through the use of material selection and high efficiency electrical and mechanical systems.

Based on these guiding principles above, the Design-Build team then developed and committed to meet the specific objectives, performance targets and design strategies in the following categories:

1.  Energy - Building energy performance will be at least 30 % better than the ASHRAE 90.1 (2007) standard. Design components which will contribute to achieving this goal are:

  • Building orientation and window positioning to reduce solar gain
  • Shade protection for windows through the use of overhangs
  • High efficiency low E window glazing
  • Energy efficient lighting fixtures
  • Daylight sensors for light level control
  • Room occupancy sensors
  • High efficiency heat pump heating/cooling units
  • 100% outside air free cooling
  • CO2 sensors and outside air control to provide high air quality
  • DDC control of mechanical systems

2. Water Conservation – Potable water consumption will be at least 20% better than BC Building Code. Design components which will contribute to achieving this goal are:

  • Water efficient plumbing fixtures
  • Decentralized domestic hot water heating
  • Infra-red sensors
  • Ensuring plumbing fixtures are clustered in tight proximity

3. Sustainable Construction Practices – Design components and construction practices which will contribute to achieving this goal are:

  • Use of materials with recycled content
  • Use of materials with low transportation distances
  • Diversion of at least 85% of construction waste from landfill disposal

The City will be monitoring the Design-Build team during the course of the design and construction of the Project, to ensure that the preceding commitments are met.


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Chilliwack Council Considers Proposal For A New Library On The South Side Of Chilliwack June 21, 2011
Sardis Library

Chilliwack, BC – The preliminary proposal for a library on the south side of Chilliwack was presented to Council for consideration on Tuesday afternoon. The proposal is the result of months of review of community needs and available resources, by a working group composed of Chilliwack City staff and Fraser Valley Regional Library representatives.

The working group has recommended that the new library be constructed on city owned property on Tyson road, between the Twin Rinks arena and Mount Slesse Middle School. The proposed site is in a central location and is close to walking trails and other municipal facilities.

“Our mandate as a local government is to achieve the maximum return on taxpayer funds,” said Councillor and library working group member, Ken Huttema. “The location on Tyson road is the most accessible option for the majority of our residents living on the south side of the City.”

The preliminary design has open and flexible space with room to expand the building in the future as warranted.  The proposed 9700 square foot building will allow not only more library space, but multipurpose community space as well.

“While libraries are the favoured hangout for book lovers, they have something to offer every member of a community,” said Mayor Sharon Gaetz. “They are neighbourhood hubs, providing access to computer terminals and WiFi, find job-hunting resources, hold civic meetings and take advantage of programming.”

The new library proposal is intended to meet the current and future needs of the community. The City of Chilliwack and the Fraser Valley Regional Library will be hosting an open house to give residents an opportunity to view the preliminary design and provide input and feedback on the plan.

“I am very excited about the new library on the south side of Chilliwack,” said FVRL library manager, Nicole Glentworth.  “It reinforces the City’s commitment to literacy and the growing community.  I look forward to our staff offering services which are reflective of the residents’ needs.”

The Open House for the new library proposal will be held on July 6, 2011 from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm in the Fraser Room at Twin Rinks arena (5725 Tyson Road.)


Sardis Library Video Player

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