Richmond City Council breaks ground on new Steveston Community Centre and Branch Library

04 Oct 2022

The journey to the new Steveston Community Centre and Branch Library is one step closer today (October 4) as shovels were put into the ground to mark the official start of construction for the new building.

“This new facility has been a Council priority that reflects the City’s commitment to building strong communities and the unique cultural and historical identity of Steveston,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “Richmond was recently named BC’s most active community, and through projects like this we can continue to bring people together in modern, environmentally-friendly facilities that support healthy lifestyles and active learning.”

Among the features of the new three-storey 5,607 square metre (60,350 square feet) facility will be:

  • A community centre with a double gymnasium, fitness centre, active studio, and multipurpose and meeting rooms;
  • Gathering spaces and a shared community living room; and
  • A library with enhanced collections, children’s and youth spaces, educational program rooms and space for silent study

The design will be innovative, sustainable, inclusive and a model of wellness, and be based on the guiding principles established for the project, including Richmond’s Enhanced Accessibility Design Guidelines, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification, and the City’s Circular Economy Principles and Criteria.

The $90 million Steveston Community Centre and Branch Library has been a City Council priority as a major facility project, with site preparation expected to begin at the end of the month. The project is anticipated to be complete by 2026.

For more information, visit the Major Facilities Projects page.