Local 586 will have as many as 70 members working
on the new Canadian War Museum.
Canadian War Museum Gets
July/August 2004 IBEW Journal
Members of Local
586, Ottawa, Ontario, are taking pride in the new Canadian
War Museum in downtown Ottawa, as the building begins to display
its architectural magnificence. IBEW inside wiremen working
for Univex Canada Ltd. installed temporary lighting to begin
the project. Up to 70 members will be performing all electrical
work through November.
Metz, Local 586 safety representative and shop steward, says:
"Our members are doing a real good job bringing this
job in on time. Over 100 Canadian war veterans die every day.
We want this museum to be on schedule to honor veterans of
World War II and other conflicts that are still with us."
The museum is structured around four themes:
Remember, Preserve, Educate and Regenerate. Lead architect
Raymond Moriyama says: "This museum is a tribute to our
military past and a salute to the freedom and democracy that
has resulted from the sacrifices of the men and women who
have served this country."
The museums theme of regeneration is
powerfully represented by a landscaped roof that will cover
the 45,000 square foot structure of complex horizontal volumes
and planes. The museums brochure states: "The roof is
a pedestrian walkway, allowing visitors to begin experiencing
some of the museums multiple layers of meaning before even
entering the building."
The $135.75 million project is expected
to generate 1.25 million construction hours before completion.
The buildings will include research and library facilities,
a 13,000-piece art gallery, a theatre and climate-controlled
storage space for military artifacts.
Museum directors expect to attract over
300,000 visitors each year. For more information visit www.warmuseum.ca.