The Summerland branch of the Okanagan Reginal Library is one of 28 finalists in the Eighth Annual Southern Interior Construction Association Commercial Building Awards.

The Summerland branch of the Okanagan Reginal Library is one of 28 finalists in the Eighth Annual Southern Interior Construction Association Commercial Building Awards.

Library branch a finalist in building awards

Summerland’s library building has been named a finalist in the Southern Interior Construction Association Commercial Building Awards.

Summerland’s library building has been named a finalist in the Eighth Annual Southern Interior Construction Association Commercial Building Awards.

The library building, in downtown Summerland, was opened a year ago, on Oct. 3, 2015.

The architect/designer was Urban Arts Architecture and the general contractor was Tango.

Mark McDonald, spokesperson for the building awards, said the library’s design, including natural light through large windows and wood features, caught the attention of the judges.

“The designers have done an amazing job,” he said.”

Staff at the library say the building has been busy since its opening.

“The meeting rooms have been rented for activities and groups that we would generally not have seen in the past. For example, we had the room rented out for a birthday party and it was a big success. They had music, food and a clown for entertainment, even a piñata,” said community librarian Caroline McKay.

“One of our members summed it up best by saying ‘This is the best investment that’s ever been made in our city!’”

More than 75,000 people came to the library during the first year of the new branch’s operations, up from 66,904 in the previous year.

The library also has meeting spaces, which were lacking in the former location.

Visits to the branch are up by 14 per cent compared with the previous 12 months, and services for adults saw a 466 per cent increase.

The Southern Interior Construction Association Commercial Building Awards will be presented Oct. 27 at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in Kelowna.

The projects must have been completed between July 31, 2015 and July 31, 2016.

Each submission is being judged by a team of independent judges.

 

 

 

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