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SPL to hold groundbreaking and celebration for new central library Jun 25 / June 2024

SPL invites everyone to join us in celebrating the beginning of construction on the new central library with the community on Tuesday Jun 25. First, a groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 9:30 am at the new central library site (312 2nd Avenue North). Later that day, from 4 – 7 pm at the Frances Morrison Central Library, a community celebration…

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Budget & Schedule Update / Updated Class B Cost Estimate / January 2023

As of Jan 2023, the new central library project remains on budget. SPL recently updated the Class B Cost Estimate at 50% completion of the construction documents and one cost estimate remains before the construction contract is tendered this spring. The following summarizes our cost estimate process to date: Class D estimate at the end of Concept Design (complete), Class…

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New Central Library’s Final Design Released / October 2022

Following years of planning and community consultations, we’ve released the final design for the new central library. Inspired by Indigenous cultures and architecture, this new library features many new spaces and will support world-class library services in our community for decades. The design of the new central library celebrates Saskatoon, its people and history, affirming a time-honoured commitment to inspiring…

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New Central Library Site Preparation Begins / August 2022

Construction crews have begun removing the existing building and parking surfaces on the site of the New Central Library (321 2nd Avenue North) in downtown Saskatoon. This will involve a comprehensive hazardous materials abatement process and recycling as much non-hazardous material as possible in accordance with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) standards. Remediation of the site will occur…

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New Central Library Design Check-In Report Released / August 2021

Saskatoon Public Library (SPL) has released two reports related to the design of the new central library. The What We Heard Report summarizes feedback the library heard from the community during the schematic design consultations held in June. The design check-in report shows how the schematic design is progressing, complete with updated floorplans, and how community input has been incorporated…

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