News & Press

July 8, 2021

OPL-LAC Featured in Canadian Consulting Engineer

The new Ottawa Public Library (OPL) and Library and Archives Canada (LAC) joint facility was featured in the July 7, 2021 edition of Canadian Consulting Engineer magazine.  The article highlights how the new facility breaks the tradition of Gothic Architecture in Ottawa, our Nation's Capitial known for it's landmarks.  Public consultation was a very large part of the design process for the OPL-LAC building, and the natural landscape was a big influence on the final design.  Other considerations have been housing two similar but distinct programs in one building, and incorporating modern features such as community spaces and ammenities like a coffee bar - breaking the old-school mold of dusty quiet libraries and archives.

Notably, the project is now pursuing a goal of net-zero carbon, surpassing the original target of LEED Gold.

Don't miss reading the full article on this exciting project designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects in partnership with KWC Architects.  CFMS is proud to be providing the commissioning for what will undoubtably be an architectural destination of distinction in Ottawa.

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