PCL Celebrates Completion of Canada’s New Signature Museum

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Winnipeg – Buildings & Civil Construction

WINNIPEG, MB (September 19, 2014) – The builders and designers of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) are among those celebrating Canada’s newest achievement, the grand opening of Canada’s new signature museum.

"Bringing Izzy Asper's dream to life through Antoine Predock's design; working with Gail Asper, Stuart Murray and his tremendous team at the CMHR has been immensely satisfying." said Sean Barnes, vice president and district manager for PCL Construction, the project’s construction manager. “More than 1,500 people worked to build this breathtaking museum. They have accomplished an amazing feat of design, engineering, and construction that will change the way complex building projects are approached in the future.”
The CMHR is the first large-scale project in Canada to use 3-D modelling in a virtual design and construction (VDC) approach across all consultant and contractor groups. VDC was essential to coordinating efforts between teams from 40 companies, who were located in eight cities across Canada, the United States, and Germany. PCL worked closely with Architecture49 , the Executive Architect, who transcribed the design intent to develop the technical details required in implementation of construction.
“Beyond this technical achievement, we celebrate the legacy of this iconic structure, with its interactive exhibits that tell powerful human rights stories. It is a legacy project that is important to our city, our country, and to our company,” Barnes said.
Architect Antoine Predock won an international design competition in 2004 for the building. In April 2014, PCL Construction (Winnipeg) received a 2014 Global Best Project Award in the Cultural Category from Engineering-News Record.
You can learn more about the CMHR project by going to PCL.com for links to feature stories, a fact sheet, an illustrated virtual design and construction case study, and a video.

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PCL is a group of independent construction companies that carries out work across Canada, the United States, the Caribbean, and in Australia. These diverse operations in the civil infrastructure, heavy industrial, and buildings markets are supported by a strategic presence in 31 major centers. Together, these companies have an annual construction volume of more than $7.5 billion, making PCL the largest contracting organization in Canada and one of the largest in North America. Watch us build at PCL.com.

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