The Capilano branch of the Edmonton Public Library is a single-storey, 11,000-square-foot facility bordering Edmonton’s Fulton Ravine that serves over 165,000 visitors annually. The ground-level library achieves the objective of greater accessibility by replacing the original library on the second floor of Capilano mall.
Library users have access to a seated study space; a community programming room; and a Makerspace area that capitalizes on innovative technology, including a 3D printer, computers with specialized software, a sewing machine, and vinyl cutter, all catering to EPL’s creative visitors. The building was designed to blend into the surrounding landscape and incorporate natural light, complete with serene views of the river valley.
The scope of work included building construction and site development, including underground utility services, the addition of an asphalt parking lot, and other site landscaping. The project targets LEED Silver certification by incorporating sustainable building materials, proximity to public transportation, and increased parking capacity. Other highlights include
•95.38 percent of construction waste diverted from landfill, which equates to 98 metric tons;
•82.6 percent of waste diversion attributable to wood, metals, drywall and concrete; and,
•22.97 percent of new product cost coming from recyclable materials.
Collaboration was key to the success of the project and was achieved through weekly meetings with clients and consultants, where PCL continually suggested improvements to building design and construction methodology .