WINNIPEG — One of the most important projects in Winnipeg’s history hit a significant milestone Thursday.
The last pane of glass was installed on the Canadian Museum for Human Rights’ Tower of Hope, signifying the end of the exterior construction and the beginning of work indoors.
“This is a transition day for us,” said Stuart Murray, president and CEO of the museum. “We’ve transitioned from a construction site to now operationalizing and learning how we’re going to run this museum.
“Moving forward, this is huge for us.”
The glass piece was the last of 1,669 panes to be installed. They will be able to withstand the extreme heat in the summer and the bitter cold in the winter thanks to testing by Winnipeg-based E.H. Price.
A grand opening date has yet to be set, but considering Winnipeggers’ consternation when other mega-projects, such as the new terminal building at the Richardson International Airport or the new stadium for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers announced they were behind schedule, it’s no surprise.
“We know it’s 2014. We’re going to get that down to the day and a month and we should probably know that early in 2013,” Murray said.
Even though much of the CMHR is still an unknown quantity, there is no shortage of predictions on how much it will contribute to the local economy. Some say it will attract 250,000 people a year and generate more than $75 million to the province’s GD.
“The generosity of 7,300 private donors and all of Canadians through the contributions of each level of government, has brought us to this moment,” said Gail Asper, the national campaign chair of the Friends of the CMHR. “After years of planning, it is thrilling and rewarding for Canadians to see their new human rights museum in its full form.”
» Winnipeg Free Press
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition September 21, 2012