Recently announced as the Excellence in Institutional Wood Design Award winner at the Wood WORKS! Alberta Prairie Wood Design Awards, we thought it would be a good time to take a look back at the construction of Edmonton Public Library (EPL)'s new Capilano Branch, designed by Patkau Architects and Group2.

EPL Capilano Branch in November 2018, photo by Dave Sutherland

At a location situated just south of 101 Avenue and wedged between 67 Street and Fulton Ravine, EPL and the City of Edmonton held a groundbreaking ceremony on May 4, 2017 for the new southeast Edmonton library, attended by EPL CEO Pilar Martinez and Councillor Ben Henderson.

Groundbreaking day, May 4 2017, photo via @EPLdotCA on Twitter

By August 2017, much of the foundation work was already complete.

Foundation work underway, August 2017, photo by Dave Sutherland

The steel structure outlined the striking jagged profile of the building in October 2017, and installation of the wood ceilings was beginning.

Steel raised, wood roof being installed in October 2017, photo by Dave Sutherland

Closer look at the wood roof, photo by Dave Sutherland

Jumping ahead nearly a year to August 2018, exterior aluminum cladding and transparent glazing was well underway, including the large windows that look out at the treed Fulton Ravine.

Exterior cladding and glazing installation in August 2018, photo by Dave Sutherland

Large ravine-view windows installed in August 2018, photo by Dave Sutherland

Construction wrapped up quickly and the library was officially opened in November 2018, with a grand opening held on November 23 where many visitors got their first glimpse at the spacious interior warmed by the wood ceilings and large windows overlooking the natural ravine.

First look at the interior on November 8 2018, photo by Dave Sutherland

Taking in the view of the ravine on November 23 2018, photo by Dave Sutherland

EPL's Capilano Branch is more than just a place to find books; the library also features quiet study spaces, a MakerSpace, a play area for children, and a community space available for bookings.

Part of the MakerSpace at EPL Capilano Branch, photo by Dave Sutherland

Now over a year since its completion, EPL's Capilano Branch stands as a striking piece of architecture that takes full advantage of its location between city and nature, while offering vital amenities to residents of southeast Edmonton (outside of the current COVID-19 situation at least).

EPL Capilano Library Branch, photo by Dave Sutherland

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