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:
The architectural firm of Snøhetta, with local partners DIALOG, was engaged in the fall of 2013.
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.
Initial structural, mechanical and electrical design stemming from the Concept Design is tested to ensure the design is viable.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
Additional cranes are brought onto the site in preparation for steel work.
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.
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.
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.
INTERIOR CONSTRUCTION AND FINISHINGS START
Beginning on level 0 and upwards, the interior construction (electrical and mechanical) and finishing (drywall, millwork, paint, flooring) begins.
WOOD “UNDERBELLY” SOFFIT COMPLETE
The curved wood ‘underbelly’ soffit is installed, meeting building code and standing up to Calgary weather. A complex build.
INTERIOR CONSTRUCTION AND FINISHINGS UNDERWAY
Furnishings are selected, including all the furniture for the staff and public areas, AV equipment, computers, library shelves, the materials handling equipment, and interior and exterior signage. Flooring and shelving are installed, and over 40 meeting rooms are constructed.
INTERIOR CONSTRUCTION AND FINISHINGS COMPLETE
Interior construction and finishing is complete. System commissioning is in progress and all furniture, fixtures and equipment are selected with installation underway.
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.
The day we’ve all been waiting for! What will you do first when you come to the New Central Library?