Calgary New Central Library

Calgary, Canada

Named one of Architectural Digest’s 12 Most Anticipated Buildings of 2018, the New Central Library is one of Calgary’s most important and distinctive cultural institutions.

Calgary New Central Library

Calgary, Canada

Named one of Architectural Digest’s 12 Most Anticipated Buildings of 2018, the New Central Library is one of Calgary’s most important and distinctive cultural institutions.


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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 referred to as “a real feat of engineering.”

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