The space seamlessly blends futuristic design with innovative, eco-friendly touches you wouldn’t anticipate
Considered the city’s ‘centre of information and knowledge’, the Halifax Central Library in Nova Scotia is a sleek, modern six-level building located on Spring Garden Road in Halifax’s retail hub. In June 2016, the space was given a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the Canada Green Building Council.
EllisDon Construction and Building ServicesAs with other LEED-certified properties, the Halifax Central Library approaches sustainability with utmost care and attention, focusing on areas like site development, water and energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality and innovative design.
For the design of a building this size (that would also be functioning as a busy, active hub), it was crucial it be made to last, and flexible enough to withstand repeated upgrades and the social and cultural needs of visitors.
On the roof, solar energy is absorbed to reduce the heat-island effect, offering a scenic, sweeping view from the top floor and terrace. Taking advantage of the region’s rainfall, rainwater is used in flush fixtures inside, while the plants and greenery blanketing the roof don’t require irrigation.
EllisDon Construction and Building ServicesThe space seamlessly blends futuristic design with innovative, eco-friendly touches you wouldn’t anticipate. Not only is the building scent-free, but everything from the carpets to the paint, coatings and sealants feature low-emission materials.
According to EllisDon, the construction management company behind the project, the building’s design was a, "departure from traditional east coast designs and reflects a more modern vision." Scanning the bright, sprawling and welcoming space, “modern” is absolutely the first word that comes to mind.
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