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Release of main tender for the construction and final design drawings

Ottawa (Public Service Announcement) – The City of Ottawa Supply Services has released the main construction tender to the pre-qualified General Contractors for the construction of the Ottawa Public Library-Library and Archives Canada Joint Facility. The tender is scheduled to close this summer with construction work to begin this fall. The release of the main

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Final design drawings coming soon

The final design drawings for the new Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives Joint Facility will be posted here, on the project website, in the coming weeks. These final designs by Diamond Schmitt Architects, in joint venture with Ottawa partner, KWC Architects, reflect one of the most inclusive engagement processes undertaken for any public building in Canada. The resulting designs incorporate recommendations

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A landmark infrastructure project pointing the way to a greener future

Significant enhancements to achieve net-zero carbon are being made to the joint facility. An official announcement was made on February 8, 2021, by the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage, and the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, along with City of Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and Councillor Matthew Luloff, Chair of

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Joint Facility Update

September 2020: Latest updates on the joint facility project September already! Good news: the Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives Canada Joint Project Team and architectural firms have continued their design work over the past few months. Here is some of the latest news on the project: Progress on the design of the OPL-LAC

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Bird-friendly Design Update

The project architects and design team have expressed a commitment to bird-friendly design for the Ottawa Public Library-Library and Archives Joint Facility. The following list captures the measures being taken in support of bird safety including some of the specifics regarding how we plan to deliver on this commitment: We have considered the environmental context

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World-renowned architectural team to design joint facility for Ottawa Public Library, Library and Archives Canada

Following successful negotiations, the team of Diamond Schmitt Architects and KWC Architects will design the new joint facility shared by Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives Canada. The design development work for this major civic building is expected to begin in early 2019. Diamond Schmitt Architects is an internationally recognized Canadian architecture firm established

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Preferred proponent recommended to design new central library

After a review of 33 submissions from architectural firms from around the world, and a shortlist of five finalists, the Evaluation Committee for the new joint facility shared by Ottawa Public Library (OPL) and Library and Archives Canada (LAC) has recommended entering into negotiations with the consortium of Diamond Schmitt Architects and KWC Architects, from

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