Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum

Designed by Martin Baron while at Teeple Architects Inc.

Wembley, Alberta

Client
The County of Grande Prairie No. 1

Architect
Teeple Architects Inc. in association with Architecture ATB (now Stantec).

Martin Baron – Partner-In-Charge    

Gross Floor Area
3,900 sq.m. | 42,000 sq. ft.

Value
$25 Million

Status
Completed 2014

Sustainability
Heavy timber construction, highly efficient insulation with cold-bridging minimized, displacement ventilation with heat recovery, all LED exhibition lighting (the first in Canada), low V.O.C. materials.

Awards

  • OAA Design Excellence Award, 2017
  • Prairie Design Award – Award of Excellence, 2016
  • Wood Works! British Columbia – Wood Innovation Award, 2015
  • Canadian Wood Council – Canadian Wood Design Award, 2015
  • Wood Works! Alberta – Wood Advocate Award, 2015
  • Wood Works! Alberta – Engineer Wood Advocate Award, 2015
  • Architect Magazine R+D Awards – Citation, 2015

The museum is an important community resource in the dinosaur-rich Peace Region of Northern Alberta. Interest in paleontology in the region has exploded and dinosaurs have become an important part of the local culture.

The building is at the forefront of the recent renaissance of heavy-timber construction. New technologies were invented to create complex 3-dimensional structural nodes in wood that carry enormous loads. The gap between design and construction was closed with the architect’s digital models being used directly in the manufacturing processes. This allowed the entire structure and envelope to be prefabricated in British Columbia and shipped to the site using Just-In-Time delivery for immediate erection.