Release of main tender for the construction and final design drawings
The City of Ottawa released the main construction tender to the prequalified general contractors for the construction of the OPL-LAC Joint Facility.
Approval of the design by the NCC
The final design drawings were approved by the National Capital Commission Board of Directors.
Approval of the design by the OPL Board
Ottawa Public Library Board endorsed the final design for the OPL-LAC joint facility.
Net-zero carbon funding for the joint facility
In its Fall Economic Statement, the Government of Canada announced that it will provide funding to support sustainability enhancements for a net-zero carbon building.
Anishinābe blessing ceremony and site preparatory work
Elders from Anishinābe Algonquins of Pikwakanagan and Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg led a blessing ceremony where the new OPL-LAC Joint Facility will be located, a few days ahead of the start of preparatory work on site.
Invaluable Indigenous engagement activities
In 2020, the project team held engagement activities with the urban Indigenous community of Ottawa as well as national Indigenous organizations, to help design a space that is welcoming, reflective and inclusive of all First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation visitors.
Prequalified general contractors announced
General contractors were pre-qualified for the construction of the OPL-LAC joint facility. The process was overseen by a fairness commissioner, engaged by the City of Ottawa, to ensure an open and transparent process.
RFQ to pre-qualify General Contractors for the OPL-LAC Joint Facility
The City of Ottawa Supply Department has released a Request for Qualification(link is external) (RFQ) to pre-qualify General Contractors for the construction of the OPL-LAC Joint Facility.
Design revealed for OPL-LAC Joint Facility
An event today revealed the proposed architectural design for the Ottawa Public Library – Library and Archives Canada Joint Facility.
Final workshops: Inspire the Iconic Features and Finishing Touches
At this workshop, participants will be asked to provide inspiration into the facility’s iconic features and finishing touches, such as the choices of building materials inside and outside of the facility, and the ways in which this facility can become an inclusive destination for all.
Workshops on public art and landscape
Design workshops on Public Art and Landscape, with an emphasis on sustainability, for the new Ottawa Public Library (OPL) and Library and Archives Canada (LAC) joint facility.
“Artist on Design Team” chosen for OPL-LAC Joint Facility
UK-artist, Jason Bruges Studio has been awarded the “Artist on Design Team” commission for the OPL-LAC Joint Facility.
Inspire555 public and national engagement launched
The Inspire555 engagement series includes design workshops, pop-up events, and online engagement activities to inspire this new landmark destination.
Diamond Schmitt Architects and KWC Architects to design facility
Public input will be an essential part of the design process, led by Diamond Schmitt Architects and KWC Architects.
Preferred proponent recommended to design facility
Evaluation committee recommends negotiating with Diamond Schmitt Architects and KWC Architects to design facility.
Future site of facility to be local and national destination
Mayor Jim Watson and Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, on behalf of Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, with Councillor Tim Tierney, Chair of Ottawa Public Library Board, dedicate future home of facility.
City Council approves implementation plan
City Council approves plan to build facility, along with $104.2 million in City funding and $18.1 million for 200-space parking garage.
Request for Proposals for professional design services issued
City of Ottawa issues Request for Proposals to design facility.
City announces shortlist of five teams to design facility
City of Ottawa receives 33 submissions and shortlists five teams to participate in Request for Proposals to design the facility.
Government of Canada 2018 budget proposes funding for joint facility
Government of Canada proposes to contribute $73.3 million towards construction of the joint facility
Request for Qualifications for design services issued
City of Ottawa issues Request for Qualifications to design facility.
City Council approves joint facility
City Council approves in principal building new 216,000-square-foot joint facility with Library and Archives Canada at 557 Wellington Street.
Site evaluation criteria approved
Ottawa Public Library Board approves site evaluation criteria for joint facility and stand-alone Central Library.
Ottawa Public Library gathers public feedback on spaces and uses of Central Library
The public was invited to share their thoughts on the spaces and uses of the new flagship Ottawa Central Library. Two sessions were held at Ottawa City Hall and at Library and Archives Canada.
Public engagement framework approved
Ottawa Public Library Board approves public engagement framework for Central Library.
Partnership with Library and Archives Canada
Ottawa Public Library explores partnership with Library and Archives Canada to develop Central Library.
Central Library approved as strategic priority
City Council approves new Central Library as strategic priority for 2015 to 2018 Term of Council.
New Central Library approved
Ottawa Public Library Board approves new 132,000-square foot Central Library.
Main branch identified as top renewal priority
Ottawa Public Library Board approves Main branch as top priority for renewal.