Brampton’s Springdale Library Branch, one of the city’s newest and coolest buildings, just won an award.

The library branch clinched the Ontario Library Association (OLA) New Library Building Award. The award is given out every three years to encourage and showcase excellence in newly constructed library buildings throughout Ontario.

The Springdale library branch has 25,000 square feet of library space including room for programs, quiet study, activities and a children’s area with an imaginative skylight. All of it is held together by a green roof, grey water system, geothermal heating and cooling, and other attributes that combine to make the branch a candidate for LEED Gold Certification.

“Our Springdale branch is a game-changer that reinvents perceptions of public library space,” says Brampton Library CEO Rebecca Raven. “The vision to inspire connections in this well-established neighbourhood culminated in the spectacular building design. We wanted the public to see themselves here and the response has been tremendous. Over 1000 people use our Springdale Branch every day.”

The building design was helmed by Rounthwaite Dick & Hadley (RDH) Architects Inc. to give it a functional and aesthetically striking look, with windows covered in a solar-responsive ceramic frit that resemble book pages and help reduce heat glare and heat gain. RDH won a 2015 Canadian Architecture Award for design excellence for their four-acre green field site outside the library, and that was before it was even built.

The City of Brampton also recently opened up Komagata Maru Park right next to Springdale Library branch. The park was designed as a tribute to the passengers of the SS Komagata Maru ship as well as honours all immigrants and their, triumphs and contributions to the mosaic of Canada.

“We make it a priority to design and construct buildings that set a high standard for beauty, functionality and environmental responsibility,” says Mayor Patrick Brown. “Springdale Branch Library embodies these priorities and, alongside Komagata Maru Park, it has become an important community hub. We are proud to be recognized by the OLA for this outstanding facility.”