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Royal BC Museum collections and research building moving forward with procurement

October 26, 2021

The B.C. government is building a new collections and research building in Colwood and has selected three bidding teams to participate in the next step of the selection process for design and construction.

The proposed facility will house the Royal BC Museum’s collections and research department, and the BC Archives. It will provide dedicated research labs and learning spaces, and improve access for British Columbians to the museum’s vast collections.

This state-of-the-art facility is anticipated to create about 950 good-paying jobs and help support B.C.’s economic recovery.

The three teams invited to participate in the request for proposals (RFP) are:

Kinetic Construction Ltd. Smith Bros. & Wilson (B.C.) Ltd. and Wright Holdings Inc.

  • Diamond and Schmitt Architects, Inc.
  • Aspect Structural Engineers Canada Ltd.

Ledcor Design-Build (B.C.) Inc. and Knappett Projects Inc.

  • John McAslan and Partners
  • Fast + Epp Structural Engineers Inc.

Maple Reinders Constructors Ltd.

  • Michael Green Architecture Inc.
  • Equilibrium Consulting Inc.

The RFP is the second stage of the procurement process to select a design-build team. Only proponents who were shortlisted during the first stage, the request for qualifications (RFQ) process, are invited to participate in the RFP process.

Partial compensation in the amount of $1 million will be paid to each unsuccessful proponent in accordance with the terms of the RFP and is intended to partially cover the cost to participate in the RFP process. This is standard business practice for major infrastructure design-build procurements, led by Infrastructure BC, to ensure robust competition and high-quality, responsive submissions.

Government expects to break ground in summer 2022 and complete the project in 2025. 

The collections and research building is funded by the Province. The Transportation Investment Corporation will manage all aspects of the design and construction on behalf of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport and the Royal BC Museum.

Meet the Museum

September 25, 2021

On Saturday, September 25 the museum is hosting a Meet the Museum outreach event in the community of Colwood where we will engage with families who are out and about in the Colwood area with some fun activities and introduce (or reintroduce) them to the museum.


Activities take place at three different locations:

10 – 11 a.m. – Juan de Fuca Library

12 – 1 p.m. – Ocean Boulevard / Esquimalt Lagoon

2 – 3 p.m. – Royal Beach Park (Metchosin Rd south of Esquimalt Lagoon)


There will be two core activities at each site, and one featured activity at each location.

Core: Trivia! Players spin the wheel, answer a question about the museum and archives and collect a prize for their efforts.

Core: The Natural History Collection! Players try to guess the eight natural history collections represented by a specimen from each collection. Sort the collections from largest to smallest and learn about each specimen in the collection.

Royal Beach Park: Mammoth! The Royal Beach Park sandpits are the discovery site of a mammoth tooth.  A replica of the tooth and an actual mammoth tusk will be on display for visitors to see and learn about.

Juan de Fuca Library: History Mystery! Players try to guess the purpose of objects from B.C.’s past.

Ocean Boulevard: Birds! Neat facts and information for visitors with a Q&A opportunity.

For more information:

  • Request for Qualifications

    June 24-Sept. 8, 2021
    Collections and Research Building, Colwood

    The B.C. government is inviting bidders to submit their qualifications to design and build the Royal BC Museum’s Collections and Research Building.

    The request for qualifications (RFQ) was issued on June 24, 2021 and begins the procurement process. For more information and to access the RFQ documents, go to BC Bid. The deadline to apply is Sept. 8, 2021.

    Read the information bulletin.

    If you have any question, please contact

  • Site Preparation

    October 2020- Ongoing

    Collections and Research Building, Colwood

    Gablecraft Homes is preparing the site for construction, including bringing in engineered fill to support the future building.  Gablecraft Homes will also be constructing new roadways to extend Ryder Hesjedal Way through to Metchosin Road.

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