Galiano, BC- On August 8, the Capital Regional District (CRD) Board approved the recommendation to award a construction contract in the amount of $814,128 to Lake Construction Ltd. from Vancouver Island for the construction of a new Galiano Library and Community Building. In addition to extensive experience with residential and commercial projects, Lake has constructed community facilities for the Penelakut Band and the Cowichan School District.
The project is the result of a three way partnership between the CRD who will construct and own the building, the Gulf Island School District #64 which has provided the land and the Galiano Library Society that, as a CRD service, will operate the library on a voluntary basis.
“I am delighted to see this project move forward,” said Southern Gulf Islands Director Dave Howe. “We know that community amenities like libraries help to attract residents to the islands, especially families with children.”
The new 2600 square foot library will replace the current storefront location and accommodate hundreds of books now in storage. Designed as a multi-use community space, the library will feature a dedicated children’s area, gallery wall for art displays, public access Skype room, high speed wireless work stations and a meeting room for use by community groups.
A list of Galiano subcontractors interested in working on the project has been developed and there will be opportunities for community involvement. A crew of volunteers has already debarked logs from the site for use as non-structural posts in the new building, and will be bucking firewood to be auctioned for fundraising.
The building will be funded by: $150,000 raised by the Galiano Library Society, a Towns for Tomorrow grant of $400,000 that the CRD has obtained from the Province, and, as a result of the successful referendum in November 2011, the balance of funds required will be borrowed by the CRD.
Major construction is expected to be completed by March 2013, with a grand opening in May next year.
Galiano Library volunteers look forward to a new building in 2013. PHOTO: Henny Schnare
For more information, contact:
CRD Corporate Communications
Chair, Galiano Library Society