Contract Awarded for New Chemainus Library

February 6, 2019


Chemainus, BC – The new Chemainus library has taken an important step towards construction. CCM Construction Ltd (CCM), a Vancouver Island-based construction firm, was awarded the contract to build the state-of-the-art new library for the community of Chemainus.

“This is an exciting development that I know has been a long time coming for library lovers in Chemainus,” says VIRL’s Executive Director, Rosemary Bonanno. “With the contract now awarded, we can take the final step towards shovels in the ground. I would like to thank everyone in the community for their patience and understanding throughout this process.”

The tender process (extended from the original October 31 deadline to ensure all questions from prospective bidders were answered) closed on November 21. The bid evaluations and final negotiations with CCM wrapped last week and we expect to have the contract signed this week.

A construction timeline will be made publicly available once VIRL receives it from CCM.

The plan for the new library encompasses all aspects of the project, including construction, furniture, IT infrastructure, and more.

Once built, Chemainus will have a state-of-the-art library with the following features and amenities:

  • 5,000 square feet of floor space
  • Increased staffing levels
  • Expanded hours of operation
  • A larger opening day collection with many new materials
  • An expanded program schedule
  • More public computers
  • A vibrant children’s area
  • A lounging area with fireplace
  • A laptop bar
  • Study space
  • A bookable multipurpose room

Renderings of the new library are available on the Chemainus page.

More information will be provided as it becomes available.


For more information
David Carson, Director, Corporate Communications and Strategic Initiatives
Direct: 250.753.1154 ex 248
Cell: 250.327.3651