Saskatoon, SK

Saskatoon Public Library, Rusty Macdonald Branch Renovation

Project Details


$1 Million


April 2019


56,456 sq. ft.


Prime Consulting, Architecture, Interior Design, Construction Contract Administration

The Rusty Macdonald Library, originally constructed in 1989, was in need of a modern update to meet the evolving demands of a 21st-century library. Recognizing this, the City of Saskatoon engaged aodbt to collaborate with the Saskatoon Public Library (SPL) on the revitalization of the Rusty Macdonald Library, situated within the Lawson Civic Centre in Saskatoon.

The outcome was a comprehensive transformation of the existing space, introducing collaborative areas for both children and adults, flexible zones suitable for a variety of events and meetings, and modernized technology areas serving diverse purposes. To cater to the current patrons’ needs, the project also introduced innovation and gaming labs, expanding the library’s role beyond traditional book lending and transforming it into a multifunctional space responsive to the community’s evolving needs.

During the design process, there was a strong emphasis on collaboration and consultation with the SPL staff, management, and community stakeholders. The SPL team’s objective was to create a space that would stand the test of time, avoiding trends or overly vibrant elements that could potentially distract patrons or quickly become outdated. Ensuring the longevity of the finishes held great importance due to the high daily foot traffic. As a result, product choices were carefully made to balance durability and aesthetics. Additionally, the selection of new furniture aimed to seamlessly blend form and function. The final outcome showcased a harmonious palette of neutral colors, warm wood accents, and meticulously crafted ceiling and lighting features. This transformation yielded a distinctive and contemporary space ready to welcome patrons for many years to come.