Royal BC Museum
dHKa was retained to design and coordinate various upgrades and improvements to the Royal British Columbia Museum including:
1) a second floor mechanical upgrade (special exhibits gallery);
2) electrical upgrades and 3rd floor HVAC upgrades;
3) a feasibility study to relocate the BC Map and reorganize staff and public spaces in Clifford Carl Hall;
4) the preparation of technical specifications and a feasibility study for relocating the RBCM Cold Storage Facility into an existing warehouse;
5) locating, preparing drawings, and coordinating construction for a 3rd Floor HC lift and ramp to provide access to the First Peoples Gallery; and
6) an emergency electric generator vault as a basement addition to the museum, which allowed for a significant upgrade to the north east entry to the museum. In all cases, the museum was able to operate continuously during construction with minimal disturbance to the public.
Due to natural deterioration over time, the marble accent bands on the exterior of the Exhibits and Archives buildings needed to be replaced. The existing white Calacatta marble was replaced with new proprietary white marble faced panels since no matching marble was found that satisfied current technical performance standards.
Location: Victoria, BC
Client: Royal BC Museum