PCL’s 5 Most Impressive Museums

What do dinosaurs, hockey, art, human rights, and the Grammy Awards have in common?
If anyone knows museums, it’s PCL. With more than a century-long history, we know the importance of honoring the past, celebrating the present, and meeting the future. That’s why we’ve built some of the most engaging and diverse museums across North America.

The 50th anniversary of the Grammy Awards also
marked the opening of the iconic Grammy Museum.​

The Phillip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum sits on one of
the densest dinosaur graves in the world.

The Hockey Hall of Fame is a staple in the Toronto
landmark, Brookfield Place – another PCL project.

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights won the
2014 ENR Global Best Project Award in the Cultural
Category.

Native Alaskan culture is celebrated in the Father
Andrew P. Kashevaroff Library, Archives, and
Museum.

These PCL museums are worth spending a night at.

1. Grammy Museum at LA LIVE  – And the Grammy goes to . . .

Although our team didn’t win a Grammy, we did receive construction awards for this one-of-a-kind museum that celebrates the legacy of all things musical. Having debuted in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the Grammy Awards, this four-level museum explores everything from the recording process to music legends. 

Music lovers can enjoy more than two dozen interactive exhibits at the 30,000-square-foot museum in the heart of downtown LA. We incorporated climate-controlled sound booths, in-depth history timelines, a 200-seat theatre, and a picturesque rooftop terrace into the museum . . . all without tipping off the paparazzi!

2. Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum Prehistoric Past

Sitting on top of one of the densest dinosaur graves in the world is the Phillip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum. This institute features interactive gallery spaces, state-of-the-art research and collection areas, classrooms, and the only National Geographic–licensed theater in Canada. Fossil enthusiasts will be thrilled by five newly-named Alberta dinosaurs that can be seen nowhere else in the world.

We constructed the building to resemble the spiky hadrosaur that once roamed the land, and to evoke the thrilling experience of a paleontological excavation. The architectural feat boasts high windows, custom glulaminated timber trusses, and a spacious 33,000-square-foot interior to host hundreds of our extinct Jurassic predecessors. 

3. Hockey Hall of Fame – PCL Shoots, Scores

The Hockey Hall of Fame in downtown Toronto is a hockey-lover’s paradise. The home of the Stanley Cup also houses the world’s largest collection of hockey sticks in an 18,000-square-foot archive center and is visited by sports aficionados from all over the world. Visitors can admire their favorite all-stars, learn about the history of the hat-trick, go one-on-one against life-sized, animated versions of today's greatest players, and explore the largest collection of hockey memorabilia in the world.

Our team was excited to honor the good ol’ game of hockey at this landmark address in Toronto—the site is a protected 1886 heritage building that the team revitalized to become a shopping, dining, and lifestyle hub. The team made sure to preserve the building’s original stained-glass dome and intricately detailed columns, while constructing a museum that tops every hockey fan’s must-see list.

4. Canadian Museum for Human Rights – Power to the People

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba, stands as a beacon to the evolution, celebration, and future of human rights. The monument is both a museum and an educational facility that promises to inspire a discussion that leads to taking action against hate and oppression. 

Built on Treaty One land, this powerful PCL project is an architectural wonder and one of five national museums in Canada (the first outside the Ottawa region.) Our team delivered on the museum’s goal to create meaningful encounters between architecture and concepts of inalienable rights throughout its 12 floors. Museum directors entrusted our team to preserve and promote a Canadian perspective on internationally recognized rights and freedoms, housed within interactive, multi-sensory exhibits, and stunning architecture that includes elements like the prairie grass covered “roots”, a stone “mountain” enveloped by a glass “cloud”, and a light filled “tower of hope”. More information on this important monument can be found in this case study.

5. Father Andrew P. Kashevaroff Library, Archives, and Museum – Celebrating Alaska

Fifteen years in the making, the Father Andrew P. Kashevaroff Library, Archives, and Museum is Juneau, Alaska’s, largest building project in more than 40 years. The stunning, state-of-the-art facility represents the peoples and history of Alaska while allowing them to tell their story in their own voices.

The PCL team carefully preserved 32,000 artifacts of Native Alaskan cultures, taking the utmost care when storing and transferring the 19th-century archives during construction. With high-ceilinged lobbies, grand staircases, a magnificent library with windows that overlook the Alaskan mountains, the project was a rewarding one for the PCL team, who are proud to have built this important museum celebrating the beautiful Northern state.​​​​​​​​