The new Central Library is a step closer to reality! The Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) has just completed stage two of a two-stage procurement strategy to secure a design team.
Stage One was the Request for Qualification, an open, high-level selection process to pre-qualify capable design teams. Submissions for Stage 1 closed on June 20th with 38 submissions, including some from as far away as Copenhagen and Tokyo.
Stage 2 was the Request for Proposal, a process that will result in the selection of a Prime Design Consultant. Four teams of the 38 from Stage 1 were chosen for this step and had until September 4 to submit their proposals. The successful design consultant will be revealed in October.
This process was designed to be fair and open, and is being overseen by a steering committee of design professionals, members from the Calgary Public Library, the City of Calgary, and the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation. We recognize that success hinges on assembling the right team, beginning with an architectural team that can bring to life the Central Library vision – To Inspire All – with a powerful and enduring architectural vision that honours Calgarians’ desires while managing a defined budget.
The Library Board chose a prime location for the new Central Library: one block east of City Hall in the burgeoning East Village. There, the Library will serve Calgary’s growing population, the 120,000+ workers who travel downtown every day, and over 45,000 students attending educational institutions in Calgary.
Providing approximately 286,000 sq ft of usable library space (54% more than the existing downtown library) the new Central Library will be a multi-faceted family destination and gathering place with a physical collection of books, special programs, and spaces for children and teens, a technology commons and laboratory for innovation, a centre that supports inclusive community integration and advancement through skills development, and much more.
Construction is expected to start in 2015, and the new Central Library is expected to open by 2018.
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