Unique Project Sets New Benchmarks in Building and Design

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Winnipeg – Buildings & Civil Construction

WINNIPEG, MB (Jan. 10, 2014) – The designers and builders of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) are marking the achievement of a significant “first” in the Canadian construction industry that has set new benchmarks for building and design.
“Construction of the CMHR is an internationally significant achievement,” said Sean Barnes, vice president and district manager for PCL Constructors, the project’s general contractor. “The hundreds of people who worked to build this breathtaking museum 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 has also broken new ground as 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 coordinate efforts involving teams from 40 companies, located in eight cities across Canada, the United States, and Germany.
The building was designed by renowned US architect Antoine Predock, who won the project’s international design competition in 2004. The structure is geometrically and spatially unique in Canada. Over 80 per cent of the major walls, for example, are sloped at unusual angles, with no two intersections the same.
“All the conventional architectural reference points—from structural columns to floor separation—are blurred in this unique design,” Scott Stirton, CEO of Smith Carter, the project’s executive architects. “No view is predictable, and visitors are met by the unexpected at every turn. Creating this experience involved a multidisciplinary approach of a rare magnitude in the Canadian design world.”
Base building construction is essentially complete, with exhibit installation now under way. The Museum is set to officially open September 20, 2014.
An in-depth case study, released by PCL, Smith Carter, and project engineers CMH2 Hill, provides a detailed look at the challenges and solutions of the design and construction process. You can learn more about the project online at PCL.com and read more project facts.

For more information, please contact:

Shane Jones
Media Relations Specialist
PCL Construction
(780) 733-5107
Heather Smith
Principal, Advanced Strategies
Smith Carter Architects
(204) 477-1260 ext. 312

About PCL Construction

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 billion, making PCL the largest contracting organization in Canada and one of the largest in North America. Watch us build at PCL.com.

About Smith Carter Architects and Engineers

Established in 1947, Smith Carter is one of Canada’s leading integrated architectural design and engineering firms. With offices in Winnipeg, Calgary, Ottawa, Atlanta and Washington DC, Smith Carter works with government, institutional and private-sector clients from across Canada and around the world.  Offering expertise on all types of complex projects, the firm specializes in designing health care and research environments. Smith Carter is committed to supporting the vital urban fabric of the communities in which its projects are located.