December 11, 2023


A Home Grown Success

Building starts on RBCM collections and investigation creating

Construction on the Royal BC Museum’s (RBCM) collections and research building (CRB) has begun.

In preparing for building, Shaker Faith personnel led a ceremonial land blessing to bless the web-site and staff.

“It’s an important day as we transfer ahead on a new collections and archives constructing that will effectively store and safeguard our province’s shared record, priceless artifacts and archives,” said Lana Popham, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Society and Activity. “I was honoured to witness the Shaker Religion workers bless and prepare the land of the CRB prior to development. I look forward to working with the Royal BC Museum, Maple Reinders, the Songhees and Esquimalt 1st Nations, and the City of Colwood on this essential new creating.”

The new 15,200 sq.-metre (164,000 sq. foot) building will be a point out-of-the-art facility employing mass timber that will safely dwelling the Province’s collections and BC Archives. It will improve entry for the community as only 1% of the Province’s broad collection is on exhibit. It will also supply devoted study labs and discovering spaces.

“The provincial collections and archives assist us to share the stories of our cultures and communities. It is crucial to make sure they’re saved safe for upcoming generations,” said Tracey Drake, performing CEO, Royal BC Museum. “This outstanding facility will also offer a window into the planet of the museum, enabling readers to see our paleontologists, entomologists, botanists, zoologists and extra, engaged in lively investigate jobs.”

Maple Reinders Constructors Ltd. was awarded a $204.8-million contract for the style and design and construction of the CRB in Colwood. Whole cash challenge costs for the CRB are approximated at $270 million.

Govt expects substantial completion in tumble 2025 and anticipates a public opening in 2026.


Nuumtunat (Florence Dick), Indigenous liaison officer, collections and research constructing task –

“Following and respecting lək̓ʷəŋən protocol by enterprise this common ground blessing is what genuine partnership is all about. This project is an case in point of how all major jobs with the Province need to be completed.” 

Doug Kobayashi, mayor, Metropolis of Colwood –

“I was honoured to witness the land blessing for this new facility, an crucial step in starting on a basis of shared comprehension, peace and prosperity. Colwood is very pleased to be household to this new making on the ancestral lands of the Lekwungen-talking people today that will preserve and share the deep record of our Province in means that tell a bright and inclusive potential.”

Reuben Scholtens, vice-president of significant projects, Maple Reinders Group –

“We are humbled to have been picked out to imagine, structure and construct this essential cultural facility. Our workforce is dedicated to offering a earth-class facility that will not only provide as a vacationer attraction, but also as a image of the deep cultural connections concerning the First Nations group and the land. There is a vibrant and persuasive tale to be explained to and we are enthused at the prospect of becoming capable to assist in its telling.”

Mitzi Dean, MLA for Esquimalt-Metchosin –

“Witnessing the common land blessing for the new collections and exploration developing reminds us of the sacredness of the land and highlights the significance of obtaining this vital cultural facility in Colwood, exactly where we will be equipped to access additional of our shared background. It can be fascinating for the community to see design start off.”

Brief Facts:

  • Constructing a new, individual facility will assure the collections are effectively saved and safeguarded and fulfill international very best procedures and criteria.
  • Some of the items at threat from flooding consist of archival guides and manuscripts, exceptional and priceless artworks this kind of as watercolours from the 1700s, various paintings by Emily Carr and early provincial maps.
  • It is estimated the CRB will assist economic restoration by building close to 1,000 immediate and indirect work in the course of building, while creating desire for sustainable developing elements such as mass timber.

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