Projects: Libraries and Research
West Lethbridge Centre Crossings Branch Public Library
Lethbridge, Alberta, LEED® Silver Certified
With one of the largest construction footprints in the City of Lethbridge, the West Lethbridge Centre spans nearly 200,000 sf. and is the epitome of a symbiotic relationship. The substantial $107 million structure is composed of two schools connected by a public library, all sharing a single mechanical plant. It is the first building of its kind in Southern Alberta and is a singular community landmark.
The Centre is part of the West Lethbridge Core Facilities Project and was a joint effort of the City of Lethbridge, School District 51, Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Separate Regional Division No. 4, the Lethbridge Public Library, and other various community stakeholders.
The Crossings Branch Library, designed by SAHURI, has a cantilevered entrance of glass and steel that gives the feeling of a community portal into the complex.
The Centre opened in 2010 and had unique technologies applied to it including LEED®
design criteria, a common mechanical plant, treated storm water, integrated parks, and recreation and storm management facilities. Employing collocation and LEED®
standards resulted in substantial savings through lower construction and operating costs, and lowered consumption of non-renewable resources.
*SAHURI + Partners was prime consultant for the Crossings Branch Public Library, and in joint venture prime consultancy with J.A. Matthew Architect Ltd. for Chinook Public High School.
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