A five-year construction program culminated on September 14, 2018, with the official handover of the building to the City of Calgary and Calgary Public Library to prepare for the public grand opening on November 1.
In 2013, Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) assembled the team to lead this important civic project: Dialog (Calgary) and Snøhetta (NYC) as prime design consultants, with project management by Colliers and construction management by Stuart Olson.
“For five years, and amid the dynamics that have challenged our city for the past few years, CMLC and our project team have kept this complex $245-million project moving forward, both on schedule and under budget,” says Michael Brown, CMLC’s President & CEO. “This incredible new facility makes use of a site that sat vacant for decades because of the LRT line bisecting it, a challenge that ultimately inspired the building’s dramatic design and gives Calgarians a state-of-the-art library, and also creates a vital connection from the west boundary of downtown and City hall into East Village and the rest of east Calgary.
The New Central Library provides Calgary Public Library with nearly a quarter million square feet (240,000 sq. ft.) of space—66 percent more than the existing central library that has served the city since the early 1960s. Designed to LEED Gold standard, the new library facility has 30 meeting spaces for community use free of charge, a 2,000 sq ft café, a huge children’s and teen area, a 350-seat performance hall, and 75,000 sq. ft. of outdoor gathering and seating space, among many other features.
The library will open to the public on November 1, 2018.