Construction Facts

On an ongoing basis, we'll present here a range of interesting facts about the Museum's construction. Check back again soon!

Construction Facts and Figures

Milestone Dates

  • Construction begins: Spring 2009
  • Construction duration: 3 years
  • Base building construction completion: 2012
  • Official opening: September 20th, 2014

Building Facts

  • Total area of site: 24,166 M2 (260,123 square feet)
  • Total area of building: 24,154 M2 (260,000 square feet)
  • Number of floors: 12
  • Total length of ramps: 773 M (2,533 feet)
  • Average floor-to-floor height: 5.2 M (17 feet)
  • Height of the Tower of Hope: 100 M (328 feet)
  • Number of concrete caissons: 142
  • Number of pre-cast piles: 444

Material and Equipment (Produced in Canada)

  • Concrete
  • Reinforcing steel
  • Lumber Products
  • Stone Products (including Tyndall stone)
  • Gypsum Products
  • Aluminum Products

Material and Equipment (Produced Internationally)

  • Steel (structural steel, pipe, steel studs, hollow metal, prefinished metal, etc.)
  • Major equipment (air handling units, generators, elevators, electrical equipment, etc.)
  • Glazing
  • Stone products

Employment Needs

Project employment needs in Person? Years (i.e., one person employed for a period of one year)

  • Project direct: 2,040 (250 tradespersons)
  • Other direct: 450
  • Indirect and induced: 1,050
  • Total employment: 3,540