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March 2024 Update

A steel staircase under construction within the facility. Around the staircase are concrete columns and other construction materials.

Indigenous Public Artists announced

Did you know that Indigenous art will be featured throughout Ādisōke? This week, we announced that artists from across Canada have been selected through the Ādisōke Indigenous Public Art program. They will produce the following art for the facility:

  • Dee Barsy, Skownan First Nation, based in Winnipeg: interior Pimisi entrance
  • Mary Anne Barkhouse, ʼNa̱mǥis First Nation, based in Haliburton Highlands: exterior sculpture series
  • Destiny Swiderski, Red River Métis, based on Vancouver Island, and Jaimie Isaac, Sagkeeng First Nation, based in Winnipeg: art for exterior pillars
  • Naomi Blondin, Kitigan Zibi Anishinābeg First Nation, and Verna Stevens, Kitigan Zibi Anishinābeg First Nation based in Ottawa: Indigenous circular lodge art
  • Emily Brascoupé, Claire Brascoupé and Mairi Brascoupé, Kitigan Zibi Anishinābeg First Nation, based in Ottawa: exterior and interior glazing art
  • Barry Pottle, Nunatsiavut, based in Ottawa: original photographs
  • Katherine Takpannie, Nunavut, based in Ottawa: original photographs

To read more about the selected artists, visit adisoke.ca or view the “Get to know the artists” video.

Construction progress update

This winter, all columns supporting the facility were completed, which is an exciting milestone! A lot of inside structural work within the mezzanines have begun and some are already complete.

Outside, there has been a lot of progress on the iconic waved roof, and work is ongoing on the façade of the building. Check out some of the aerial photographs to see the incredible progress!

A drone view of the outside of the Ādisōke building showing concrete columns and the wooden curved roof. In the background, there are tall buildings and the Ottawa River.

Inside the building, masonry work is ongoing, as well as preparatory work for mechanical and electrical equipment, and work on the staircases.

A steel staircase under construction within the facility. Around the staircase are concrete columns and other construction materials.

Upcoming work

In the coming weeks, work will continue both inside and outside the facility, including exterior framing, installation of windows, staircases and more!

In case you missed it

Last fall, we unveiled the official branding for the facility, as well as the new look and feel of our website, adisoke.ca. Check out our video that showcases the new branding.

Dignitaries standing at the project site behind a banner with the new Ādisōke logo. The banner is bright purple (“trillium”) with white text that says “Ādisōke”

Storey-telling series

We’re sharing the details of each space within Ādisōke, one “storey” at a time!

Our “storey-telling” series continues to showcase some of the exciting features that will be offered on each level of the facility. This winter, we published two new articles on adisoke.ca, including the OPL Library Express and the LAC Reception Area.

Be sure to check back regularly to learn more about the other spaces that will be found on each floor!

A row of five shelves in a library filled with books, with some people looking at the shelves and other people sitting at a table talking. There is a wooden public art installation on the ceiling and greenery in the background. There is also a little girl using a machine to check out her books. People with disabilities circulate in the Ottawa Public Library’s reception area.

An open space with a feature wall. Groups of people are sitting at small tables and chairs, while a person holding a baby is walking in the background. To the right, two people are sitting and talking on couches.

Construction updates

Regular construction updates are now available on the project website, as well as our Ādisōke X (formerly Twitter) page. You can also receive these short updates directly to your email inbox. To register, please email adisoke@ottawa.ca with the subject line: “Construction update subscription.”

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