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January 27, 2023

New Thunder Bay Art Gallery Moves Ahead with Selection of Contractor

Earlier this week the Thunder Bay Art Gallery announced the selection of the Contractor for the new waterfront art gallery.  From their release: "The Art Gallery undertook a competitive, national pre-qualification and procurement process, following which Tom Jones Corporation has been selected to construct the new home for the Art Gallery which will be a significant addition to Thunder Bay’s waterfront."

CFMS was awarded the Commissioning for this project in 2016, but delays due to site issues and the pandemic nixed the planned 2019 opening.  It's great to see the project back on track, now due to open in 2025, and the selection of the Contractor is a positive step towards that goal.  

The new gallery is targeting net carbon neutral, and already won the 2019 Canadian Architect Award of Merit.  It's sure to draw many visitors, with the waterfront location, and Canadian focused art collection.  From team member architect Brook McIlroy:

"The Thunder Bay Art Gallery fulfills an important cultural and programmatic role with communities in and around Thunder Bay, actively fostering an inclusive atmosphere for gathering, teaching, sharing, and understanding. The art gallery’s collection holds an extensive and renowned collection of contemporary Indigenous art. Brook McIlroy and Patkau Architects in joint venture are taking the project through detailed design and construction. Indigenous consultation, led by the Indigenous Design Studio at Brook McIlroy, was central to the design development process with a focus of the project to creating welcoming and engaging community spaces. A powerful narrative, celebrating the power of art to tell stories, guided the design of key spaces and the relationship with the landscape."

The new gallery was designed in joint venture between Brook McIlroy and Patkau Architects, and you can read more about this stunning new facility HERE.

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