From the Calgary Herald:
Five years ago, then U of C president Harvey Weingarten convinced Taylor to donate $25 million in seed money toward the new library, which opened to students in September.
The $205-million facility is the antithesis of a stodgy old archive. It has been touted as one of the most advanced academic libraries in North America.
It combines a library, art gallery, archives, rare collections and the latest digital tools for learning and research. The six-storey building features touch technology, an interactive digital globe, more than 200 computer workstations, video editing suites and a high-resolution video wall that can display detailed maps and other scientific data.
“I’m amazed at what they’ve managed to put together here, and to have our family name associated with it is a great honour,” said Taylor, founder of Engineered Air.
“Today, it’s now reality, and it’s exciting to see it all and the impact it’s going to have on the university and the community in general.”
The library was originally supposed to open in March, prior to final exams. But during the move from the MacKimmie Library tower, a design flaw in the heating and cooling system was discovered that required the mechanical system to be refitted.
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