What's New At The Museum Construction Site?

Friday, May 2, 2014
Photo: Lindsay Winter Schmidt

Now that the exterior of the building is substantially complete, you are probably wondering what is happening inside the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Well, we are getting ready to open our doors to the world and exhibit fit-up is now underway.  We are currently working with our partners at the Inn at the Forks to finalize the restaurant configuration plans and are also making final material selection for the retail store.

sleek and modern wood-accented desk
Photo: Lindsay Winter Schmidt / CMHR
When visitors begin to flow through the Museum on September 20, 2014, they will be moved and inspired by our exhibits and programs, and also by the physical building itself. It will be an amazing encounter between architecture and human rights. 

Canadian Museum for Human Rights building flanked by autumn trees.
Photo: Aaron Cohen / CMHR
This building is already an icon that is making people sit up and take notice of Winnipeg, Manitoba in a new way. The Museum is among Canada’s Top 5 tourist destinations on the Travel page of canada.com 
The hundreds of people who worked to construct this museum have accomplished a REMARKABLE feat of design, engineering and construction. Take a look at this time-lapse video showing a day inside the Museum with a view from our office floors:

The Museum is also the first large-scale project in Canada to use 3-D modeling as part of a Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) approach across all consultant and contractor groups. As the construction manager, PCL used VDC to successfully coordinate the efforts of approximately 40 companies across Canada, the United States, and Germany. PCL was recently recognized internationally for their work on the Museum, winning the 2014 Global Best Project Award in the Cultural Category from Engineering-News Record.  

Looking up at the museum's angled ramps, section of blue sky behind glass just visible at the top.
Photo: Dan Harper / CMHR
The Museum will be game-changing. It will bring together people from all backgrounds, all walks of life and from every neighbourhood, not in just from Winnipeg, but from cities across the country and beyond. Come back to the blog and chat with us on social media about what we are doing to ensure the building, its content and its programming are accessible and ready for our official opening.

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