Snøhetta (Design Architect),
DIALOG (Executive Architect)
Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC),
Calgary Public Library and the City of Calgary
Structural Engineering Consultant
Named one of Architectural Digest’s 12 Most Anticipated Buildings of 2018, the New Central Library, located in the vibrant East Village downtown, is one of Calgary’s most important and distinctive cultural institutions, with signature design led by renowned international architecture firm Snøhetta.
The New Central Library occupies 278,000 ft2, including public spaces, and 40,000 ft2 for future library expansion. The building structure was built over Calgary’s busiest LRT line, which bisects the site and occupies approximately 40% of the site area. The library’s design puts a strong emphasis on public accessibility and community-oriented spaces, with 80% of the building, including collections areas, allocated to public space.
With more than 670,000 active members, the library aims to serve its community with passion and inspire life stories.
Challenge: Build a new landmark civic building with an anticipated high level of community engagement over an existing, busy LRT line that bisects the site on a radius with minimal disruption to its operation.
Solution: Entuitive developed a transfer system that creates the opportunity for a contiguous floor plate above the LRT line with a regular grid system that maximizes future flexibility. This forms the basis for the encapsulation – a new concrete structure that clear spans approximately 12 metres across the existing Calgary Transit South East corridor LRT tracks, just north of the exiting CP Rail tunnel. It is the first time in Calgary’s history that an active LRT line has been encased to enable an above-grade development project – an achievement that Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) referred to as “a real feat of engineering.”
Learn more about this project: New Central Library