by Kim Adams – Marketing Director, Brambleton Group
The official ground breaking for the Brambleton Library took place on Friday, February 24, 2017.
This state-of-the-art building will be home to Loudoun’s newest library enabled by next generation technologies. The Brambleton library will be located on the 1st and 2nd level with a shared entrance leading from the parking garage.
Bill Fox, Chief Operating Officer for Brambleton commented, “We wanted to make this commitment to the county and the community; I want to make it very special and the most advanced library in the country.”
The Brambleton Library will be a hub for community gatherings, collaborating with friends, and hands on learning. A café/restaurant has been designed across from the library and will front Willow Creek Drive. The restaurant space has been designed to accommodate a large outdoor dining area. The 3rd and 4th floors will be re- served for office tenants.
Brambleton Group will spend approximately $22 Million on the construction of this new office building. The library will house much more than books on a shelf – it will be a part of the core of the community centered on education and hands on learning experiences. Within 40,000 square feet of space, the library will include a large Maker Space, gaming rooms, community meeting spaces, and a re- cording/mixing studio. Children will be able to walk along the discovery wall and interact with technology
The Brambleton Group is collaborating with national leaders in technology innovation – The Broadband Group and US Ignite – as well as with Chang Liu of the Loudoun County Library to explore a variety of grants that will allow the library to be- come one of the first libraries in the country to feature Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) technology to enhance learning. As noted by Tom Reiman, President of the Broad- band Group, “From its inception, Brambleton has embraced next-generation technologies to enhance residents’ quality of life and employment opportunities. The library rep- resents an important next step in this evolution.” Bill Wallace, Executive Director of US Ignite has said, “When our youth become truly immersed in learning – seeing and feeling information as well as reading about it – they are more likely to grasp and retain the information. We look forward to seeing how well Brambleton children learn when they experience walking on the moon virtually with Apollo 11 astronauts, climbing Mount Everest, peering inside the brain to see how it functions, or gaming with Steve Jobs, and learning about Thomas Edison and others of history’s brightest innovators.” Virtual Learning opens up a multitude of opportunities for learning, and with 3 elementary schools, 2 high schools, and a middle school in the Brambleton community, we expect this library to be very popular among students and teachers!
We look forward to the library opening in July 2018!