Investing in Our Community
At the very beginning of the project we held over 6 consultation sessions in both the town and county with over 200 citizens attending. These sessions included children, youth, families, seniors, library users, and non-users.
When asked what their vision was for a culture hub facility, bringing together a new public library and an upgraded deCoste Performing Arts Centre, the community put forward the following themes:
- A welcoming space for everyone – residents, newcomers, those from any and all ages, backgrounds and abilities.
- A design that encourages many experiences – cultural, educational, and active.
- The more experiences available, the more successful the place.
- A design that celebrates, sustains, and grows artistic development in all its disciplines.
- A cultural hub to support and grow the creative economy.
- A place offering opportunities for informal social interaction, organized activities/events and quiet contemplation.
- A connection between the main street (Water Street) and the waterfront with clear linkages to the surrounding area, especially the Jitney trail and the water.
- A celebration of the history and cultures of the area through the facility design and abundant public art.
- A design that is respectful and celebratory of the surrounding architecture.
- An environmentally sustainable, design incorporating natural features both inside and out, employing leading edge “green” technologies. May include the use of sustainable technologies including VRF (Variable-Refrigerant-Flow) heating and cooling system, solar electrical generation, efficient lighting systems, high degree of insulation and thermal wrapping, extensive daylighting, long-lasting durable materials, and more.
- A design that fosters a seamless, integrated experience for the visitor. A common entrance/atrium, single entry control desk and abundant shared spaces all contribute to this experience.
- A busy, active, year-round facility to encourage downtown economic growth.
- One control desk for both the deCoste and library to foster cooperative, collaborative and efficient service delivery
- Fully accessible facility achieving Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification.
- A design that features ample community meeting and gathering spaces.
- Exterior presentation and performance spaces suitable for event production with stages, tents, etc.
- Exterior seating for waterfront appreciation and interaction.
- A tutoring area for technology training, literacy tutoring, ESL training, etc.
- A community technology/science learning space with computer access, advanced software, makerspace, robotics kits, science supplies, digital imaging, wireless, and training.
- A gallery area for monthly art and artisan displays of local and national content.
- Integrated permanent public art showcased throughout facility (interior and exterior) including work by local artisans.