The City of Cambridge and Idea Exchange have revealed the vision for new digital library. Watch the video below for the inside scoop on what the new library will be like.
The City of Cambridge's Old Post Office project received international recognition in the "Old and New" category of the 2016 Architectural Review MIPIM Future Projects Awards in Cannes, France. View our news release to learn more.
On July 10, 2014, the City held a public open house to discuss the design of the Old Post Office project. The project aims to repurpose the Old Post Office into a new community space and restaurant.
Features of the new design include:
- A teen space in the basement
- A reading area
- An outdoor terrace overlooking the Grand River
- A restaurant on the main floor
- A family discovery centre
- An outdoor terrace on the second floor
- Digital learning labs on the third floor
Project staff presented the final design to Council on July 14, 2014, who gave their final approval. Construction of the Old Post Office project started in November 2015.
Other documents related to the planning of this project include:
- City of Cambridge News Release, December 18, 2013
- City of Cambridge News Release, March 24, 2014
- City of Cambridge News Release, July 11, 2014
- Steering Committee Meeting Agenda, December 8, 2014
Using the standards for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada, the project design includes conservation, restoration and preservation of the building's heritage features.
The Municipal Heritage Advisory Committee (MHAC) developed a Cultural Heritage Impact Assessment to address heritage matters related to the Old Post Office project. ERA Architects Inc. completed a Peer Review of the Heritage Impact Assessment. The company then created a Heritage Conservation Master Plan for the City's Old Post Office Building project.
Other documents related to heritage planning of this project include:
- City of Cambridge New Release, June 3, 2014
- Letter from ERA Architects Inc. regarding the Old Galt Post Office, September 12, 2014
- MHAC Recommendations
- Addenda to the Conservation Master Plan
Learn more about Cambridge's heritage.
The Restoration of the Post Office Committee includes the following members:
- Hardy Bromberg, Deputy City Manager, Development and Infrastructure
- Mayor Doug Craig, City of Cambridge
- Nicholas Ermeta, Councillor, City of Cambridge
- Jan Liggett, Councillor, City of Cambridge
- Pam Wolf, Councillor, City of Cambridge
- Helen Kelly, CEO, Idea Exchange
- Amanda Maxwell, Chair, Cambridge Public Library Board
- Terry Kratz, Board Member, Cambridge Public Library Board
- John Oldfield, Chair, MHAC
- Steven Fairweather, Deputy City Manager/Chief Financial Officer, City of Cambridge
- Bob Paul, Director of Sustainable Design and Development, City of Cambridge
- Brad Paddock, Community at Large