Ontario Construction News staff writer
Construction has started on a new multi-use facility and library in Airdrie, Alberta.
“This is a significant step towards providing our residents with a state-of-the-art facility that will serve as a landmark destination to our residents and visitors. The addition of the new Multi-Use Facility & Library signifies not only a revitalization of our downtown but also the creation of a dynamic community hub,” says Mayor Peter Brown. “Through this facility, we are sowing the seeds of learning, arts, culture and business development that will undoubtedly shape our city’s future,” he added.
Earlier this year, Airdrie council approved the schematic design. With a total square footage of 73,000 sq. ft., the new structure will include 53,000 sq. ft. of library space and 20,000 sq. ft. of multi-use space. Estimated to cost $65 million, the project is envisioned as a hub for library programming for all-ages, services and collections and as a central gathering space for artists, businesses, residents and organizations.
“This new facility will offer a wide variety of opportunities, both indoor and outdoor, for residents and visitors to gather, connect and learn,” added Mayor Peter Brown.
The facility will offer include a parkland connection along Nose Creek. It will also include an underground parkade with close to 100 stalls as well as ground-level parking.