PCL : Canadian Museum for Human Rights




The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) is a state-of-the-art national museum located in the historic Forks area of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Designed by world-renowned architect Antoine Predock, it is targeting LEED Silver certification, and it is Canada’s first national museum outside the Ottawa region. It is 260,000 square feet and 12 levels of unique and iconic design.

Large-scale irregular and free-form surfaces were installed to represent organic elements, such as stone roots, glass clouds, and a basalt plug. Virtual design and construction have been key to successful delivery, and the project team has solved many construction challenges using collaborative 3-D software. The team led a comprehensive analysis on surfaces identified to be the most complex or challenging, which included 3-D model coordination and clash detection between several different building elements and subcontractor scopes of work. The end result was a thoroughly researched element that was fully coordinated between disciplines, saving both schedule time and costly changes.

With base building completed in March 2013, and the exhibit fit-up scheduled for completion in spring 2014, the Canadian National Museum for Human Rights promises to be a destination for all interested in taking action against oppression.