Saskatoon Central Library

LMDG provided fire protection and life safety consulting services to meet the project aspirations and objectives. The challenging design aspirations required innovative design solutions underpinned by advanced performance-based design methods & tools.

This new four-storey library — to be constructed in downtown Saskatoon at Second Avenue and 25th Street — is aspiring to LEED gold certification.

The building draws inspiration from traditional First Nation and Métis architecture that includes extensive use of exposed mass timber construction and a four storey atrium. The building will feature a 200-seat theatre, a cafe, outdoor public plaza and typical library amenities across the four levels, such as: laptop bars; public computers; specific areas for children, teens and adults; casual seating; group tables; bookable rooms; studios; gaming stations and more. The building targeted Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification.

LMDG employed computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modelling and evacuation modelling to inform and evalute solutions to support the mass timber construction and interconnected floor levels.

Photos courtesy of Formline Architecture, Chevalier Morales Architectes and Architecture49

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