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County of Brant Public Library hires Hamilton architectural firm to design new main branch library

County of BrantCounty of Brant Public Library hires Hamilton architectural firm to design new main branch library

County of Brant Public Library has hired DPAI Architecture Inc. (DPAI), in partnership with Shoalts & Zaback Architects Ltd, to design the new Main Branch Library, currently the Bawcutt Centre and former Paris Old Town Hall.

Located in Hamilton, Ontario, DPAI is a multiple award-winning firm specializing in architecture, interiors, and urban design. DPAI is recognized for their design of the Hamilton Public Library and Farmer’s Market. They are currently acting as Library Design Specialists on the new Central Branch of the Greater Sudbury Public Library with WZMH Architects. 

“We are eager to work with DPAI to restore and elevate this National Historic Site and create a community-focused, modern library space for the residents of Brant County,” said Fred Gladding, Library Board Chair. “DPAI’s holistic, people-first approach aligns with the library’s vision and values and prioritizes the needs of the community.”

A group of event-goers gather outside the Bawcutt Centre for a historical walking tour. Photo courtesy County of Brant Public Library.

DPAI and their team are set to develop designs for the new Main Branch Library, in addition to overseeing a full restoration of the building’s Gothic Revival-style elements and Opera Hall. 

“Our core team includes architects, heritage restoration specialists, Indigenous relations experts, and interior designers,” said David Premi, Principal and CEO of DPAI “Esteemed Heritage Architect, Phil Goldsmith, will oversee the successful restoration of irreplaceable heritage features, while Indigenous Design Advisor, Linda Makins, will ensure the distinct vision of the project is maintained with reconciliation as a fundamental overarching goal.”

DPAI Architecture Inc. will oversee a full restoration of the Opera Hall and performance theatre space. Photo courtesy County of Brant Public Library.

Project updates will be posted to brantlibrary.ca/newmainbranch.  In late 2022, the public will be invited to share feedback on proposed designs. Subscribe to brantlibrary.ca/news for upcoming news and information.

The project is guided by a Steering Group composed of Library Board members and the Bawcutt Centre Advisory Committee.  Pending Council approval of the final project design and budget, construction is expected to begin in 2023.

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