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
Native Alaskan culture is celebrated in the Father
Andrew P. Kashevaroff Library, Archives, and
These PCL museums are worth spending a
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.