New Central Library
- 2019 Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) - Illumination Award of Merit
- 2017 Mayor’s Urban Design Award (MUDA) - Great City, Great Design
The New Central Library was designed to bridge the gap between the existing downtown core and the new East Village development. Serving as the flagship library within the City of Calgary, the design concept was focused on social interaction, studying, learning and community activities. Built on six levels, the building has designated areas for varying uses and houses a 350-seat theatre, performance hall and public gathering spaces, in addition to its physical collection of books. Constructed atop an existing LRT track, which remained in service continuously during construction, presented numerous engineering challenges which the design team addressed while maintaining on-budget.
As the Electrical Engineer, SMP was engaged to design and implement the lighting scheme with the design approach to embrace the ever-changing Southern Alberta sky. The process included opportunities to discuss the integration of lighting into the architecture, which resulted in unique lighting solutions for the various spaces within the library.
Featured in Time Magazine's: World's Greatest Places 2019
"Calgary is home to one of North America’s largest library systems, and the...
Featured in arc Magazine Issue 110
"The new public library in the centre of Calgary, Alberta, is an educational and physical bridge for...