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CALGARY COMES OF AGE

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New Central Library design highlights Calgary?s increasing stature

CODY STUART managing editor a four-storey ?chinook arch-esque? atrium built over top of a section of LRT line. Not only will the building bring 240,000 square feet of usable library space to Calgary?s East Village, its ambitious design represents another step forward for a city that many believe is finally growing up. ?I can honestly say that this is the single most important commission I?ve been involved with. I think it?s going to be a landmark building. I think it?s Calgary?s transition into architectural adulthood continued this week with the public getting its first look at the newly announced Central Library. Replacing the 1960s-era bunkerlike WR Castell Library, the new library, to be located at Third Street and Seventh Avenue S.E., will feature

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a game changer for Calgary,? said Rob Adamson of Dialog, one of the architecture firms behind the project. ?I think it might be the single most important cultural building built in the city in the past 25 years, and perhaps for the next 25 years ? that?s how important this building is in the context of Calgary.? Constructed completely above grade to mitigate any flood concerns, the library will incorporate meeting spaces and a theatre on the lower levels, with books housed on the upper levels along with a large reading room. Featuring an outdoor plaza and entrance accessible from both east and west, the building will link areas of downtown that were previously disconnected by the LRT tracks. ?The new Central Library embodies everything we?ve endeavoured to accomplish in our redevelopment of East Village,? said Lyle Edwards, chairman of Calgary Municipal Land Corp., a wholly owned subsidary of the City of Calgary that is overseeing the overall East Village redevelopment. ?Our constant goal has been to connect Calgarians and to create a gathering place where guests will find stimulation, inspiration, entertainment and recreation. That?s precisely what we?re delivering through both the new Central Library and the revitalized neighbourhood of East Village as a whole.? Expected to break ground later

?STARTER SCHOOLS? COMING TO CALGARY

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Alberta Premier Jim Prentice has announced $30.6 million in funding for four new ?starter? schools for Calgary. Scheduled to be ready in spring 2016, the schools will be located in West Springs/Cougar Ridge, Saddle Ridge, Cranston and Aspen Woods. PROVINCIAL A3 At a cost of $245 million, Calgary?s new Central Library is fully funded and expected to open sometime in 2018. this year with a scheduled completion date in 2018, the new library will be welcomed into a community that has changed drastically over the last decade. Sitting in the shadows of the city?s new 236-metre Bow tower, Calgary?s East Village serves as focal point of sorts for Calgary?s coming of age. COMING OF AGE A3

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