25 million archaeological objects to be displayed in Canadian artefact store

Parks Canada has selected Canadian contractor Pomerleau to build a US$33m facility to store and display 25 million archaeological and historical objects.

The 8,200 sq m zero-carbon building in Gatineau, Quebec, will house the artefacts in a optimal storage and environmental conditions,

Jonathan Wilkinson, Canada’s minister of the environment and climate change, said: "Historical artifacts are irreplaceable and connect us with the places, persons and events that have shaped history in Canada.

"Today’s C$42m investment will ensure the protection of this important collection for generations to come, while enhancing Parks Canada’s ability to share the stories of these objects with Canadians in new and innovative ways."

Steven MacKinnon, Canadian MP, said: "This purpose-built facility, located in the city of Gatineau, will provide the necessary storage and environmental conditions for these important pieces of Canada’s shared history."

The project, designed by Canadian firms Moriyama and Teshima Architects and NFOE Architects, is due to be completed in 2023.

Image courtesy of CNW Group/Parks Canada

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