Beginning in April 2013, Fort Vancouver Regional Library District set out to answer the question, "What are the best ways for a public library district to provide access to services and collections for 447,885 people spread out across 4,200 square miles and four counties?" The district announced that it had embarked on an ambitious facilities planning study, for which it retained Vancouver planning consultants BergerABAM to lead the effort. By March 2014, data and stakeholder feedback had been collected and analyzed, the study is complete, and the district is sharing the information gleaned with stakeholders through a series of follow-up meetings and community conversations.
New or enlarged libraries for Washougal, Woodland, and Ridgefield
Following up on the 2013 Facilities Study (see above), we proceeded with a pre-design program for new or enlarged facilities for the three locations identified by the study as the district's highest priorities.
Following up on the need for new facilities identifed in the Berger ABAM study, FVRL contracted with FFA Architects and Interiors to conduct a Pre-Design Study, one purpose of which is to identify the elements of library service each of those communities are most in need of and recommend the size of library that would best fulfill those needs.
From June through September 2014, we welcomed the participation and input of everyone interested in the future of libraries in these three unique communities, holding meetings, inviting people to focus groups, and collecting input from community leaders.
Final Pre-Design Report by FFA Architects and Interior Design
On October 20, 2014, the Pre-Design Study for the communities of Ridgefield, Washougal, and Woodland was completed and presented to the FVRL Board of Trustees. The full 251-page Final Report and appendix are available here for download. The report includes the recommended square footage of a new library for each community, as well as a projected project cost estimate. The Appendix includes the content of the presentations FFA conducted in each community, as well as notes and comments from meetings and focus groups.
If you have questions about these projects, contact Sam Wallin at 360-906-5013 or send a message to Sam via the district's Ask a Librarian page.