Tyrrell expansion set for tendering
The road to an expanded and improved Royal Tyrrell Museum is getting closer.
The Mail reported in April of last year the Alberta Government had budgeted $9.3 million in 2017 and 18 for a major expansion. In January of this year, the federal government announced it would also contribute to the project.
The Mail learned this week that the project is weeks away from being put out for tenders.
“Now that the design phase is complete, the Government of Alberta expects to publicly tender the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology facility expansion project within the next few weeks,” said Tracy Larsen, communications officer for Alberta Infrastructure, in an e-mail.
Executive Director of the Tyrrell Museum Andrew Neuman is excited about the project.
This expansion has been in the works since 2013. The project will add approximately 1,100 square meters and will expand the distance learning studios, add classroom and lab space and multipurpose space.
“The downstairs will be a combination of education space, and also space available for conferences and special events and more up to date distance learning capabilities,” said Neuman.
He adds the expansion will make more space for lab work, one of its highest demand programs.
Neuman says it brings many benefits to the museum, not just for education programs but day-to-day operations. This includes developing a
hands on interactive exhibit
“The new gallery will be like an interactive space,” he explains. “It won’t be like a classic exhibit, but more like the Science hall we used to have at the front, but it will be way bigger with a more modern aspect. We want it to cater to everybody, not just kids but multi-generational families.”
The expansion will also make the museum more userfriendly.
“There is a high demand for improving bathroom facilities. There will also be a little place to have a cup of tea and take a break,” he said.
Once the tendering process is complete, work is expected to begin right away.
“Once the contractor is secured, construction will begin. We anticipate shovels will be in the ground beginning early this summer. The construction project is expected to be completed in 2019,” said Larsen.
An artist’s sketch of the proposed expansion at the Royal Tyrrell Museum. It is expected the project will be put our for tender in the next couple of weeks.