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Old Posted May 18, 2018, 2:06 AM
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would look great with a low floor urban lrt/streetcar running up along it with separated bike lanes instead of 9 lanes of traffic... a streetcar circulator of memorial/portage/broadway/main with branches out to the core suburbs would benefit the city so much.

building looks good though. we're lucky to have some of the architecture we do.
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"and his heart grew three sizes that day ..." Pallister ponies up the missing $5 million for the inuit art centre.

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Old Posted May 27, 2018, 2:40 AM
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Apparently the non-commital white surface in the rendering will be white quartzite stone in a brick format.
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It should look beautiful.
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would look great with a low floor urban lrt/streetcar running up along it with separated bike lanes instead of 9 lanes of traffic... a streetcar circulator of memorial/portage/broadway/main with branches out to the core suburbs would benefit the city so much.

building looks good though. we're lucky to have some of the architecture we do.
Sorry, but it won't happen in our lifetimes. Check back in say 2118 AD. Maybe by then. We are "too cheap" and "too small" to build such a thing. Even the guy that runs the Winnipeg Trolley Co. says he's not saving up for a real tram. So all we can expect is "a bus tarted up to look like a streetcar".

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Apparently the non-commital white surface in the rendering will be white quartzite stone in a brick format.
I quite liked the original rendering with the red steel. Why I say this is that all of the surrounding buildings are already white / beige. Having red (copper?) steel would set the Inuit Centre and ummm kind of hilight that corner a bit more.
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Apparently the non-commital white surface in the rendering will be white quartzite stone in a brick format.
Know if it's going to be big, angled slabs like the first page rendering?

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I quite liked the original rendering with the red steel. Why I say this is that all of the surrounding buildings are already white / beige. Having red (copper?) steel would set the Inuit Centre and ummm kind of hilight that corner a bit more.
When was there ever red steel? First rendering I remember is the one on the first page still. I also like that it fits in with everything around there – Ledge, WAG, Bay (sans parkade), archives and law buildings. Makes it have a regal "national mall" type feel. Anything that stood out too much would hurt the look of the WAG IMO.
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"world's first and largest of its kind" is sort of a hilarious pair of claims
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That's Winnipeg's favourite claim. Either world's most something or, most something between Toronto and Calgary.
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"world's first and largest of its kind" is sort of a hilarious pair of claims
I guess both claims are true, although by definition if it is the world's first it would also have to be the largest ...
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https://canada.constructconnect.com/...re-world-first

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Winnipeg’s Inuit Art Centre a world first
Myron Love June 28, 2018

Work has begun on a major new cultural development in downtown Winnipeg.

In late May, the ceremonial shovels hit the ground to launch construction of the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s (WAG) $65-million Inuit Art Centre.

The WAG has the world’s largest collection of Inuit art.

The new Inuit Art Centre, adjacent to the current WAG, which is located in the city’s downtown and just a stone’s throw away from the Manitoba Legislative Building, will allow the gallery to house all of its 14,000 pieces of Inuit Art in one location.

The 40,000-square-foot, four-storey centre will be the first building of its kind in the world.

The new facility will be connected to the main gallery by bridges and will be the largest single space devoted to Inuit art, culture and history.

Tammy Sawatzky, the WAG’s public relations co-ordinator, reports that PCL Constructors Canada Inc. is the contractor of record on the project.

Considering the project’s location, she points out there are “some significant challenges to the construction, starting with the site being very tight and the immediate adjacency to two very busy streets,” she says. “It will be critical that construction sequencing be planned so as to allow the maximum amount of trades to be onsite in a safe and productive manner at any given time.”

To meet those challenges, she reports, the construction management team has opted to use a tower crane and incorporating street lanes within the construction site to add to the flexibility of construction and lay down space for materials.

She notes mechanical, electrical and glazing subcontractors have been procured through a public design assist process and these subcontractors are included as partners in refining details.

“An example of this collaboration,” she points out, “is the stunning vertical vault located in the Inuit Hall for which there are no comparatives.”

The undulating two-storey curved glass structure is a design and construction challenge that not only is structurally complex but needs to maintain the strict environmental controls associated with a vault containing high value art objects.

“The team is working as a group with contributions from all partners in refining design details, utilizing the latest technology and searching worldwide for the best materials to ensure the architectural vision is met while maintaining the required elements of a working vault,” she explains.

A value add from the construction manager PCL, she adds, is their use of in-house technology.

“They have the ability through programs such as an Electronic Plan Room and BIM Field 360 to have instant access to building drawings and files that expedite the resolution of possible drawing conflicts or site challenges as they may arise,” she says.

The number of workers to be employed during the construction period is anticipated to be about 450 to 500 with a peak onsite at one time of about 150.

Some of the features of the new gallery are a 360-degree video transporting you to the breathtaking Arctic; being able to connect with and speak to a musher in Rankin Inlet while he harnesses his dog sled team; hear personal histories directly from Inuit elders; take a trip to the north through a virtual-reality headset; step inside an igloo and go back 1,000 years to experience the Arctic as it was then; sit side-by-side with a master Inuit carver and create from stone in an outdoor studio; and create stop animation or throw clay on a pottery wheel in new state-of-the-art studios.

Along with exhibition spaces, the centre will also include a glass enclosed visible art vault, a conservation facility, art studios, an interactive theatre, classrooms and a new cafe.

The WAG Inuit Art Centre will open its doors in 2020, coinciding with Manitoba’s 150th birthday.

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Does anyone know how the WAG will take deliveries with the new IAC, they will be loosing their existing loading docks: https://www.google.ca/maps/@49.88887...7i13312!8i6656
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Old Posted Jun 29, 2018, 1:30 PM
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No more takin it in the rear I guess....
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Old Posted Jun 29, 2018, 1:39 PM
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I know that some people have questioned the idea of a WAG wing dedicated to Inuit art, but whether you love it or hate it you have to admit that it will give the WAG a truly distinguishing touch. The WAG is a nice art gallery, but really not all that unlike the kind of gallery you would see in a smaller city. But having an important collection of Inuit art gives people a reason to go out of their way to visit... it will become one of those things you have to do when visiting Winnipeg.

Incidentally, it's interesting how we will now have a couple of major new attractions based on things from the Arctic (Journey to Churchill at the Zoo, IAC at WAG). It's a little ironic considering that just the edge of Hudson Bay is over 1,000 km away from here.
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I think it makes sense to have the attractions in Winnipeg. It's part of Manitoba's history and culture.
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I guess both claims are true, although by definition if it is the world's first it would also have to be the largest ...
I think that was his point. It's also the worlds smallest and mediumest.
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I know that some people have questioned the idea of a WAG wing dedicated to Inuit art, but whether you love it or hate it you have to admit that it will give the WAG a truly distinguishing touch. The WAG is a nice art gallery, but really not all that unlike the kind of gallery you would see in a smaller city. But having an important collection of Inuit art gives people a reason to go out of their way to visit... it will become one of those things you have to do when visiting Winnipeg.

Incidentally, it's interesting how we will now have a couple of major new attractions based on things from the Arctic (Journey to Churchill at the Zoo, IAC at WAG). It's a little ironic considering that just the edge of Hudson Bay is over 1,000 km away from here.
You gotta go with what works. Churchill and the relative accessibility to arctic/polar bears/belugas is probably our most important tourist attraction in terms of actual tourists - despite it's distance away. If you want to see it in person, you basically need to come to Winnipeg first.

Without it, we are basically just a poorer Saskatchewan with a slightly more interesting back story.
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