Project Specs

14,000 sq ft


March 2021


$7.3 million

Bill and Helen Norrie Library

The Bill and Helen Norrie Library is a 14,000 sf one storey new building located at the Northwest corner of the Grant Park Recreation Campus adjacent to the Pan-Am pool on the corner of Grant Avenue and Cambridge Street.

Inspired by Rooster Town History and local residential context in which typical home typologies were monoslope or Gable roof in form the new Bill and Helen Norrie Library is perceived as a ‘big house’ with gable roof to respect its dense residential community. The building layout groups building services, work areas, washrooms and staff room along Cambridge Avenue while placing large open volume spaces facing Grant Avenue and the heavily forested site beyond north of Pan Am pool. The library has two main entries, one of the public parking lot and approach from Recreation campus as well as a public entrance from Grant Avenue providing a circulation link through the public building. At the Grant Avenue entrance a large seating low feature anchors the site approach and provides a seating area for rest and waiting for public transportation. Ample bike storage is provided coupled with accessible walking paths connecting public sidewalks to library nodes and circulation beyond to Grant park recreation campus including the Pan-AM pool and recently built accessible playground to the east.