The partial renovation and new construction of the Slave Lake Government Centre and Library was driven by the region’s commitment to environmental stewardship and community development. Providing a one-stop centralized economic hub for the delivery of its public services to the Slave Lake community allowed for the general public and government to achieve their objectives together.

Project Essentials

  • LocationSlave Lake, AB
  • ClientTown of Slave Lake
  • ArchitectManasc Isaac Architects
  • Size83,000 ft² (7,700 m²)
  • BudgetC$30 million

The 83,000 square-foot building includes two new courtrooms, holding cells, a top-of-the-line security system, public library and an atrium/meeting space. Economical structural solutions embrace the use of glulam columns and beams and steel decking, sitting on Douglas Fir timber piles with concrete pile caps.

In 2011, the facility experienced major damage due to wildfires just as the project was completed. The partial structural rebuild of the structure included installing glue-laminated timber panels for fire resilience.

In 2012, the Slave Lake Government Centre and Library re-opened its new LEED Silver certified facility to the public. The community’s friendliness and connection to forestry, as well as its culture, history and future outlook are reflected through the building’s sustainable design. Additionally, the library has experienced an increase in enrolment, becoming a hub for all of Slave Lake’s residents.