In 2006, the museum in Timmins suffered a flood, which compromised the structural integrity of the building. In subsequent years, multiple studies were carried out to determine a suitable new permanent location for the museum, along with the addition of a national heritage centre.
Our firm provided architectural and engineering services to design the new Timmins Museum and National Exhibition Centre. The selected location took advantage of unused space in an existing call centre, and repurposed it into a place for exhibition and assembly. In addition to the new space, we designed a new vestibule for direct access to the museum via the parking lot at the rear of the building.
The vestibule has a bold design, with intersecting cedar planks and composite panel framing the entrance doors. The canopy is supported by heavy laminated wood beams set at an angle to provide an interesting contrast to the horizontal lines.
To separate and distinguish the museum from the call centre, a large coil drapery curtain was suspended against the existing metal siding of the building. An aluminium and glass curtain wall in the reception area floods the area with natural light. Our firm assisted the City of Timmins with selecting the interior colour scheme to reflect the bold, modern design.