MILESTONES

The New Central Library is a complex construction project led by CMLC and involving many teams that bring their expertise to various stages of the work. CMLC engaged Calgary firm MHPM as lead project manager, and part of that job is to manage a detailed schedule of construction milestones. Here’s what it looks like:

  • Q4, 2013

    ARCHITECT ENGAGED

    The architectural firm of Snøhetta, with local partners DIALOG, was engaged in the fall of 2013.

  • Q2, 2014

    CONCEPT DESIGN

    After extensive community consultation, Snøhetta and DIALOG presented an initial architectural design of the library to Calgarians early in 2014. The multi-level design seeks to respond to Calgary’s future library needs within a spectacular architectural form.

  • Q3, 2014

    SCHEMATIC DESIGN 

    Initial structural, mechanical and electrical design stemming from the Concept Design is tested to ensure the design is viable.

  • Q1, 2015

    LRT ENCAPSULATION

    Encapsulation of the CTrain track that bisected the site involved the creation of a tunnel-type construction that called for horizontal angering through the earth under the site. 

    EXTERIOR CLADDING DESIGN

    The cladding on the outside of the library was designed to allow a carefully-controlled amount of light penetrate the building while also creating an intriguing geometric pattern that evokes the spread of ideas and possibilities. Detailed design work begins.

  • Q3, 2015

    LRT ENCAPSULATION COMPLETION

    With the successful encapsulation of the LRT track, the foundation on which to build the library was complete, and vertical construction of the library began.

    FOUNDATION TENDER 

    Sub trades engaged to build the foundations for the library.

    STRUCTURE AND EXTERIOR CLADDING TENDER

    This tender seeks firms that can construct and deliver our unique cladding.

  • Q4, 2015

    DESIGN DEVELOPMENT 

    Building from the schematic design, the fundamental design layout of structure is done along with the detail to support it. Design questions answered in this stage include: how will the atrium feel? How do the rooms fit together? How will the stairs work?

    INTERIOR CONSTRUCTION TENDER

    From the vast atrium to the four levels of the NCL’s interior, this is an exciting part of the process. 

  • Q1, 2016

    SUPERSTRUCTURE TENDER

    Electrical and mechanical throughout the building, the interior finishing and the overall construction of the superstructure tender is awarded.

    CONCRETE CORE COMPLETE

    The three main vertical concrete cores within the library, which provide structural support, are completed.

  • Q2, 2016

    STEEL INSTALLATION

    The NCL starts to take shape. Sixty-five foot long cross-braced trusses are installed to create the frame of the soffit, the structure’s ‘underbelly’.

    CRANE MOBILIZATION

    Additional cranes are brought onto the site in preparation for steel work.

  • Q4, 2016

    SOUTH EXTERIOR FINISH COMPLETE

    Exterior cladding starts on the south face of the structure. From 9 Ave SE, the south face of the building, the NCL will look finished.

    LANDSCAPE TENDER

    Calgarians will be greeted by various trees, flowers and other plantings when they approach the library, making landscaping an important part of the sense of arrival.

  • Q1, 2017

    STEEL AND CONCRETE STRUCTURE COMPLETE

    Frame of the building is complete, including concrete columns, floors and steel supports.

    EAST & WEST EXTERIOR FINISH COMPLETE

    Exterior cladding on all sides of the building is complete. The outside the building will look finished except for landscaping.

  • Q2, 2017

    INTERIOR CONSTRUCTION AND FINISHINGS START

    Beginning on level 0 and upwards, the interior construction (electrical and mechanical) and finishing (drywall, millwork, paint, flooring) begins.

  • Q3, 2017

    WOOD “UNDERBELLY” SOFFIT COMPLETE

    The curved wood ‘underbelly’ soffit is installed, meeting building code and standing up to Calgary weather. A complex build.

  • Q1, 2018

    HARD LANDSCAPING

    Exterior hard surface landscaping complete.

  • Q2, 2018

    INTERIOR CONSTRUCTION AND FINISHINGS COMPLETE

    Interior construction and finishing is complete. Once the systems are tested, the building will be ready for Calgary Public Library to move in. 

  • Q3, 2018

    SOFT LANDSCAPING

    All exterior soft landscaping complete – including trees and planters surrounding the building. 

    MOVE-IN DAY FOR CALGARY PUBLIC LIBRARY

    CPL brings in all their books, equipment, sets up operations and prepares for opening. 

  • Q4, 2018

    LIBRARY OPENS!

    The day we’ve all been waiting for! What will you do first when you come to the New Central Library?