THE STRYKER CENTER PROJECT
The original Stryker Building, built in 1967, was located in City Square along with the Williamsburg Library, the Police and Fire Stations, the Municipal Building, Public Works Complex, the Williamsburg Transportation Center, Community Building and Parking Terrace.
Over the many decades, the original Stryker Building developed some significant issues including: mold, temperature, humidity, ventilation and was not ADA accessible to the second floor. In 2002, a detailed engineering survey recommended its demolition and replacement over rehabilitation. During the same time, the Williamsburg Library no longer had adequate space to accommodate meetings, programs, and classes and needed to improve technology to meet the demands of the public and their own programs.
After much consideration and public discussion, the City entered into an agreement with the Williamsburg Regional Library Foundation to construct a new Stryker Center that would house Library administration staff, provide new meeting space, and be home to new City Council Chambers.
Demolition of the old building began in the fall of 2014 and construction on the new Stryker Center began soon after. The project cost is $6.5 million (with the Williamsburg Regional Library Foundation contributing $500,000 toward construction and up to $250,000 for furnishings and equipment for the library space). The City held an opening ceremony and ribbon cutting on March 7, 2016 with the first public meeting, a scheduled City Council Work Session, that afternoon at 4:00 p.m.
STRYKER CENTER FEATURES
Newer technology – enhanced audio/visual services, government television broadcast capabilities from both Council Chambers and a Work Session meeting room, and Wi-Fi.
Energy savings/ratings - Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certified (as developed by the U.S. Green Building Council). Special building features include an underground storm water storage tank; optimized energy performance of the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system; and a reduction in the heat island effect with a highly reflective membrane roof. Indoor environmental quality is improved by use of low-emitting materials, controllable lighting, and a controllable thermal comfort system.
Exhibit space – allows for traveling art and cultural exhibits from outside organizations such as the American Library Association.
Meeting rooms – small conference room up to 20 people; medium meeting room up to 40 people; large meeting room up to 90 people; Council Chambers up to 200 people.
Stryker Center fact sheet (PDF).
PROJECT HISTORY - 2013 to present