Virtually, a sneak peek at Elkridge library's coming attraction

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 03:27:33 PM. Howard County Public Library offering a virtual reality tour of its new Elkridge library.
For diehard video gamers, the basic technology isn’t new. But for Howard County library patrons of all ages, goggles that allow them to take a virtual reality tour of the new Elkridge branch library currently under construction are proving to be a big draw. When patrons visiting the Savage and Central library branches last week got the opportunity from afar to explore the 35,000-square-foot library — which will be more than double the size of the former 17,000-square-foot building when it opens in mid-March — they leapt at the chance. Two more 90-minute virtual tours are scheduled at the Glenwood and Miller branches Monday, at 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. respectively. “The technology is very cool,” said Angela Brade, the library’s chief operating officer for support services and project manager for the Elkridge branch capital project. “Some of us [on the library staff] already had the chance to try it out and it’s awesome.” Using a 3D modeling platform with a new architectural real-time rendering software component, the goggles permit users to “walk” through the new Elkridge branch – turning their heads one way to glimpse a new reading room or another way to view the new Do-It-Yourself Education Center, which will be the only amenity of its type in the county’s six-library network. “This [add-on] just became available to the architecture industry about 18 months ago, and it has opened up a new era,” said Antonio Rebelo, design director at Grimm and Parker Architects, the Prince...Read more
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