Hamilton, ON

Valley Park Library

The Valley Park Recreation Centre and Library, one of the most active and growing community spaces in Hamilton, is undergoing a transformation. Once complete, it will provide nearby residents with a vibrant, sustainable and engaging community hub. In 2018, mcCallumSather began working with the City on the addition and renovation of two important spaces within the centre.

Split into a Library and Recreational Centre, this 26,500SF, $9.5M project represents an understanding of the space’s evolving needs, incorporating future-ready design that reflects the exciting evolution of libraries and prepares for further growth within the surrounding population. With LEED Gold Targets, the buildings will incorporate green technologies and natural materials while serving as a community centered meeting space.

The new addition and renovation will mean the new space will be approximately four times the size of the current library. With limestone and copper accents, high ceilings, featured wood accents and photovoltaic panels, our team is updating the façade of the existing building, connecting it to the surrounding landscape. Inside, we are developing a flexible design that will easily adapt to the library’s collections and allows the seating space to move and adapt. The addition of two, 60-person multi-purpose rooms allows the community to host a new range of events, a section of the project funded by the Heritage Green Community Trust.

Connecting the library and recreation centre will be an exterior plaza with shading, seating and engaging landscape plan. In the process, we created a new drop-off area that will be shared between the library and recreation centre, closer to the entrances of both.

The renovation of the recreation centre will feature a new entry, lightening up the space with a reflective and smooth silver finish rather than the dark metal that previously existed. The updated recreation centre includes a new dance studio, more multi-purpose rooms, an aquatic centre and daycare.

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Architecture, Energy Modelling, Interior Design, LEED Facilitation, Mechanical Engineering



Team Leaders

Christina Karney
Mary Georgious
Drew Hauser

Partners & sub consultants

WSP - Structural, Electrical, and Energy Consultants
IBI - Civil and Landscape Consultants


26,500 SQ. FT.