September 28, 2023


A Home Grown Success

Deal awarded for RBCM collections, investigate developing

Construction will start off this summer months on the Royal BC Museum’s (RBCM) collections and exploration constructing as element of a lengthy-term program to shield the Province’s collections that involve more than 7 million artifacts and the BC Archives.

A $204.8-million deal has been awarded to Maple Reinders Constructors Ltd. for the layout and construction of the collections and study making (CRB) in Colwood, adhering to a competitive style-develop procurement system. Complete capital job fees for the creating are valued at additional than $270 million.

“Our authorities is dedicated to protecting our province’s historical past now and for potential generations,” mentioned Lana Popham, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport. “I am self-assured that this is the suitable step to get in securing our province’s priceless historical past and ensuring extra entry for individuals. We search ahead to working with Maple Reinders, the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations, and the City of Colwood on this historic new setting up.”

The new 15,200-square-metre (163,611 square ft) making will be a point out-of-the-art facility employing mass timber that safely residences the Province’s collections, BC Archives and investigate departments. It will also supply devoted research labs and discovering spaces, as very well as strengthening accessibility to the collections for British Columbians. Currently, significantly less than 1% of the Province’s huge assortment is obtainable to the community.

“Alongside the protected and modern storage of the collections and provincial data, the CRB will be a dynamic and welcoming community space,” explained Alicia Dubois, CEO, Royal BC Museum. “We are thrilled with the design and style Maple Reinders has proposed and the alignment of our organizational values. We hope to encourage future paleontologists, entomologists, botanists and historians by better studying prospects by boosting public entry to our operate.”

Some of the objects are at danger from flooding. They consist of: archival guides and manuscripts exceptional and priceless artworks, which includes watercolours from the 1700s many paintings by Emily Carr and early provincial maps.

Maple Reinders Constructors Ltd. is recognized for its know-how in providing advanced and sustainable assignments throughout Canada for much more than 55 many years. The organization has a lengthy-standing determination to setting up in partnership with neighborhood communities, and is partnered with Michael Eco-friendly Architecture Inc., a British Columbia firm professional in building areas that are sustainably designed.

It is expected that floor will be broken in summer 2023 with an expected public opening in summer months 2026.


Chief Ron Sam, Songhees Initial Country –

“The Songhees Nation looks ahead to partnering with the Royal BC Museum and the Province in the progress of the new collections and investigation creating task on lək̓ʷəŋən Territory. As one of the host Nations for this important general public making, we search ahead to delivering guidance and course in the design and style, employees and contractors for the construction. This job will be a useful source for a lot of generations to occur, and highlights the need to have for collaboration whilst constructing respectful associations concerning Indigenous communities and museums.”

Doug Kobayashi, mayor, Colwood –

“Colwood is honoured to be the area for the Royal BC Museum’s new collections and exploration developing, where the heritage of our Province will be shielded and shared. Overlooking the shore of the Salish Sea, the area in Colwood acknowledges the loaded and significant cultural historical past of this region, courting again countless numbers of a long time.”

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