Alberta Culture Projects

Community Libraries, Planning Guidelines Study, Alberta - 1981

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We prepared a handbook of guidelines for the planning of community libraries. The information was designed for those responsible for decision-making regarding the role, size, content and cost of a new or expanded library. We visited several libraries throughout Alberta, reviewed available literature, and researched planning, design and funding processes. The handbook was organized into three major sections: the Facilities Planning Process, that outlined Initiation, Feasibility, Programming, Design and Construction stages; Requirements for Library Facilities, that presented information on the site, spatial relationships, requirements for individual spaces, and technical design guidelines; and finally, a series of Appendices containing background information. Completed in 1981.

Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology, Drumheller, Alberta - 1981

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Alberta decided to establish a new paleontological museum and research institute near a rich source of fossils at Drumheller. During the first phase of the project, we identified the role of the institute, developed operational programs, analyzed the scope/scale for the facility, and assessed major planning concepts. In the second phase, we reviewed staffing requirements, analyzed expansion capability, and developed a Facilities Program. Major components of the proposed facility were assessed and documented with respect to function, quality, facility highlights, affinities, change/growth, staff, and area requirements for individual spaces. The cost of construction has been estimated at $15 million for an area of 12 500 square metres. Completed in 1981.