Halifax Central Library

The Halifax Library is a community centre and civic landmark. A centerpiece of the Capital District, the exterior was designed to mimic a stack of books. Built to LEED Gold standards, sustainable practices are at the core of the Halifax Library. The library is truly sustainable and was built to last, adapt to the changing needs of the community, have a minimal environmental impact and support the social and cultural needs of the community. The five story atrium consists of a labyrinth of stairs and bridges connecting the floors. Due to the high level of natural light from the skylight and glass façade, a level V finish throughout the building was imperative in order to showcase the sharp lines and world class design.

Building Owner: Halifax Regional Municipality
Architect: Fowler Bauld and Mitchell
Main Contractor: Ellis Don
Drywall Contractor: Tartan Interiors
Photographer: James Ingram
Saint-Gobain Team: Russell Mackinnon

Tartan Interiors Limited of Halifax, Nova Scotia, is a leading interior contractor in Canada that specializes in drywall, acoustic ceiling units, acoustic ceiling suspension, non-load bearing wall framing, load bearing steel stud assemblies and rough carpentry. Offering an experienced team of estimators, project managers and site foreman directing a skilled workforce, Tartan Interiors provides in-depth knowledge of the trade. During their almost 40 years of operation, Tartan has been involved in almost every major building project in Nova Scotia.

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CertainTeed Products in the Halifax Library

CertainTeed Type X fire resistant drywall is an interior gypsum board consisting of a solid set, fire resistive, Type X gypsum corethat provides fire resistance ratings when used in tested assemblies.

CertainTeed Type C fire resistant drywall is an interior gypsum board consisting of a solid set, fire-resistive, Type C gypsum core that provides superior fire performance when used in specific fire-rated Type C assemblies. 

Easi-Lite gypsum board, is up to 30% lighter than standard gypsum boards and can be used for both interior ceilings and walls in residential and commercial applications.

CertainTeed M2Tech® Moisture and Mold resistant drywall features a unique technology that combines moisture and mold resistance and is specially engineered to provide enhanced protection against mold growth. 

GlasRoc® Sheathing Type X is a high-performance, weather-resistant gypsum sheathing board with a specially formulated core for use in fire resistance rated designs. 

GlasRoc® Shaftliner Type X is used in Shaftwall and Area Separation Firewall Systems. It has a specially formulated fire resistive, noncombustible, and moisture resistant core and is faced with reinforcing glass mats and a weather-resistive coating on the surface.

All-purpose joint compound is suitable for taping and finishing of wallboard joints, corner trims, and fasteners and provides good workability and low shrinkage for the second and finish coat. 

M2Tech® 90 Moisture and Mold Resistant Setting Compound is formulated to resist moisture and mold and is a necessary component for a complete M2Tech moisture and mold resistant system.

Marco® Flex Corner Tape product is a flexible corner tape designed for use with joint compound to reinforce gypsum board corners prior to painting, texturing or wallpapering.

FibaTape® Mold-X10 ™ is a self-adhesive, fiberglass mesh drywall tape that is ideal for use with mold-resistant treated paper and paperless drywall.

FibaFuse® is a mold-resistant glass mat drywall tape that is ideal for use with mold-resistant and paperless drywall systems for high-humidity and moisture-prone applications.

CertainTeed Insulation products were used in the Halifax Library. Learn more about the insulation product lines.