VICTORIA -Maple Reinders Construction Ltd. has been awarded a $204.8 million contract for the design and construction of the Royal BC Museum’s new collections and research building in Colwood.
Construction is expected to begin this summer and last until 2026, according to a news release.
The new building will be a 163,611 square foot state-of-the-art mass timber facility housing the province’s collections, BC Archives and research departments.
The building is anticipated to improve public access to the province’s collection, of which currently less than one per cent is available for immediate viewing.
Total capital project costs are valued at more than $270 million, states the release.
“We are thrilled with the design Maple Reinders has proposed and the alignment of our organizational values. We hope to inspire future paleontologists, entomologists, botanists and historians through greater learning opportunities by enhancing public access to our work,” said Alicia Dubois, CEO of the Museum, in the release.