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    IDC Tour: Regina Libraries (2 non-IDCEC hours)

    Join tour leaders Sarah Turnbull, interior designer at P3 Architecture, and Julie McKenna, deputy director of Regina public libraries, as they take you on two tours of recent library projects in Regina.  Learn about the design vision, and the challenges encountered to complete these projects.  Enjoy a presentation, along with Q+A after the tours.  Note: Attendees must register for both tours.

    3:45 to 4 p.m. Registration for both tours

    4 to 5 p.m. Tour #1: Prince of Wales Library

    This $1.6 million project was the Regina Public Library’s first newly constructed branch in over a decade. A main goal of the design team was to create a library for the 21st century. This meant redefining the library from a storage place for books into a collaborative space for the community. A flexible design incorporating multi-use opportunities was imperative. Library shelving on castors allows staff to quickly modify the space for after school programming and events. Soft furnishings are mobile to allow users to arrange the space to meet their needs.
    The design draws inspiration from nature. The concept was to bring the outside in to create an interior landscape. Large windows connect the interior to the exterior and allow for generous amounts of natural light. Bench seating takes advantage of the views and day lighting. Natural materials such as the cedar plank ceiling create natural warmth. Playful acoustic clouds define the children’s area. The exterior tyndal stone carries seamlessly into the interior, framing the book alcoves.  Above the alcoves, graphics of bird-like books soar in a cloud dotted sky. The millwork further reflects nature with splashes of graphic grass.
    The staff workroom was rethought and designed to minimize the amount of physical strain on staff. The circulation desk is both fresh and functional and invites the patron to participate and collaborate with library staff.
    The library was inspired by nature, and is considerate to nature. The branch is a new benchmark in sustainable design in the Regina Public Library system. The principles of energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality, and material selection are all clearly evident to staff and patrons.

    5:45 to 6:45 p.m. Tour #2: Regent Public Library (RPL)

    Regina Public Library hired P3A as library specialists for this new location.  The Regent Place branch moved locations to allow for more room for programming and a fresh start to accommodate the new library approach.  RPL, like the school system, is changing to reflect the 21st methodology of flexible learning.  This is another example of how the library is changing from a storage place for books into a collaborative space for the community. 
    This branch is a community hub and therefore planned to have multiple meeting spaces and a large program room. The new home takes the space of five tenant spaces in a strip mall.  It was important that when the patron walked into the library it did not look like a typical tenant improvement. The program room has a garage door that opens into the main library for flexibility and additional space. Additional windows were added into the children’s area for more light. The open space and the use of white allows for natural light to be amplified.  The library theme of nature is continued this time with a vibrant fresh take. The branch is under construction and expected to open its doors in August 2012.

    7 to 8 p.m. Reception, presentation with questions and answers

    Tour Leaders
    Julie McKenna, deputy director, Regina Public Libraries

    Julie McKenna has been the deputy library director at Regina Public Library since 2007.  Previously, she was the associate university librarian for the University of Regina Libraries.  Regina Public Library has nine facilities through which they proudly serve the information, recreation, leisure, and learning needs of citizens of all ages in the City of Regina.  As deputy library director, Julie oversees the management of all public and corporate services of the library, new initiatives and service development.  RPL is in a wonderful period of facilities renewal, which has included new branch development, renovations and a renewal of public furnishings, all under Julie’s leadership. Julie is passionate about library design and the opportunity to create spaces that meet the expectations of the diverse community that the library serves. She tortures her family with library tourism and has a photo log of libraries around the world that offer fabulous and creative design solutions.

    Sarah Turnbull, interior designer, P3 Architecture
    Sarah graduated from Ryerson University in Toronto in 2006. She has been on the design team of several libraries and schools in both Alberta and Saskatchewan. Sarah was the lead interior designer in both the new Prince of Wales branch and Regent branch. She worked closely with RPL to achieve their vision of a flexible space that would be more than just a warehouse for books.
    Sarah is passionate about creating innovative 21st century places that provide opportunities for collaboration and learning. She is currently in the joint program between San Diego State University (SDSU) and the Council of Educational Planners International (CEFPI) working on her Recognized Educational Facility Planner Certificate. She is expected to graduate December 2013.
    Ms. Turnbull is a LEED accredited professional for commercial interiors an can support the integration of a green approach to new or existing office space. She is currently serving as the vice-chair on the Environmental Advisory Committee for the city of Regina.
    In her role as interior designer at P3A, Sarah has worked on Arcola Community School, Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame, University of Regina Educational Auditorium, Knight Archer Insurance, Diefenbaker Canada Center, and Campus Regina Public.

    LocationPrince of Wales Library Branch, 445 14th Avenue, S4N 6T5 (Map)
    Date & Time

    Wednesday, May 15, 2013.

    Registration for both tours: 3:45 to 4 p.m.
    Tour #1: Prince of Wales Library: 4 to 5 p.m.
    Tour #2: Regent Library: 5:45 to 6 :45 p.m.
    Presentation with Q+A: 7 to 8 p.m.

    Attendees to meet at the Prince of Wales Library, 445 14th Avenue, Regina, SK S4N 6T5


    Time in 1368666000
    FeesProfessional Members: $60.00
    Provisional Members: $40.00
    Non-Members: $80.00
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