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Media Release

For immediate release Friday Sept. 24, 2010

 

Halifax Central Library — it’s time to look inside
Fourth public consultation meeting for the Central Library

 

Architects will present plans, introduce interior design features and show how the new Central Library may look, feel and function at the public meeting on Thursday, Sept. 30 at the World Trade & Convention Centre, from 7-9 p.m.

“We’re at the stage where we have plans to present. We’ve been listening to ideas from hundreds of people since June, and now, we’re ready to show how those ideas have inspired the design of the new library,” said George Cotaras, lead architect with Fowler, Bauld & Mitchell.

“People who come to this meeting can expect to see drawings of what the interior of this new library will look and feel like. They’ll also see an update on the external form of the building. At the public meeting in August, we presented a number of external models. Since then, we’ve made some modifications to the exterior design based on the feedback we heard at that meeting,” said Cotaras.

Local firm Fowler Bauld & Mitchell (FBM), partnered with schmidt hammer lassen (shl), are the architects for the Central Library. FBM have been responsible for a number of environmentally innovative buildings in Halifax, including Citadel High School and Dalhousie’s Mona Campbell Building. Shl is a highly regarded European firm with a reputation of creating sustainable and innovative public buildings including the Royal Library in Copenhagen. Morten Schmidt is the lead architect with shl.

The design consultation phase is part of the total $55-million budget for the Central Library project. Public meetings were held in June, July and August, with the next meeting to be held on Sept. 30. The final public meeting in the design phase will take place on Nov. 4, when a design concept will be presented.

For more information about the Central Library, visit halifaxcentrallibrary.ca For those unable to attend the public meetings, input about the Central Library can be given via Facebook, Twitter (@hfxpublib), by email or in person at any branch. The meeting will also be broadcast live at halifaxcentrallibrary.ca and participants can share their ideas via live chat.


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For more information:
Marlo MacKay
Communications Officer
Halifax Public Libraries
490-5852