The Canadian Canoe Museum has selected architects for the second stage of its competition to design a new facility at the Peterborough Lift Lock National Historic Site on the Trent-Severn Waterway.
The selected firms are:
- Kohn Pederson Fox of New York City (www.kpf.com)
- Heneghan Peng Architects of Dublin (www.hparc.com)
- The team of Bing Thom Architects of Vancouver (www.bingthomarchitects.com and Lett Architects of Peterborough (www.lett.ca)
- The team of Provencher_Roy of Montreal (www.provencherroy.ca) and NORR of Toronto (www.norr.com)
- The team of Patkau Architects of Vancouver (www.patkau.ca) and Brook McIlroy of Toronto (www.brookmcilroy.com)
- 5468796 Architecture Inc. of Winnipeg (www.5468796.ca)
This past February, the Canadian Canoe Museum issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ), open to all architects worldwide who had an interest in providing design services for the new location at the Lift Lock. The museum requested that each proponent submit a summary of their qualifications for such a project, along with relevant background information including references and previous projects.
By the time the RFQ closed on March 30th, the museum had received over 90 submissions from North America, Europe, and Asia.
The museum then appointed a committee of experts to review the submissions and to make a recommendation to the museum’s board of directors. The committee made its recommendation on April 29th, which the board approved on May 12th.
“We are extremely honoured and fortunate to have such high quality, world leading architects preparing design proposals for the museum,” says Richard Tucker, Executive Director of the Canadian Canoe Museum.
The second stage of the design competition runs through August 11th, 2015, when the six selected firms will be making design presentations to various project stakeholders as well as at a public open house.
The museum will appoint another committee to make a recommendation to the museum’s board on the winning design, with the final selection of the winning design to be made in the fall.
“I am very excited by the potential of this first class group to develop some really outstanding designs for the museum and the Lift Lock site,” Tucker says. “I’m looking forward to being able to share these designs in the fall with the stakeholders and community and for the opportunity for community input into the museum’s selection process.”
The museum will award the winning firm the contract to design the new facility. Regardless of which firm wins, a locally licenced architect will be part of the final design team.
The Canadian Canoe Museum estimates that the construction of the new facility may create as many as 600 construction jobs and as many as 23 additional permanent jobs with the new museum’s expanded programs and facilities.