The luxurious, Oshawa-built McLaughlin-Buick convertible from the Royal Tour of 1939 and renowned photographer Yousuf Karsh’s cameras are among thousands of valuable artifacts that will soon have a brand-new home at the Collections Conservation Centre.
Currently under construction next to the award-winning Canada Science and Technology Museum, the Collections Conservation Centre is a facility designed to protect priceless Canadian heritage artifacts for the benefit of many generations to come.
The facility – which will be nearly 36,000 m² – will relieve the overcapacity storage situation Ingenium has faced for many years. It will house hundreds of thousands of nationally-significant artifacts, emblematic of Canadian ingenuity and Canadians’ everyday experience. These include vintage cars, locomotives, propellers, and ship models, as well as cameras, televisions, and telephones. Instruments, tools, and equipment from diverse fields of science and technology – which require specialized environments to ensure their long-term preservation – are another segment of the collection. Specially-designed, mobile compact shelving will allow Ingenium to maximize efficiency within the new space.
In addition to storage, the Collections Conservation Centre will include a library and archive, a new research institute, several conservation labs, a digital innovation lab, and workshops. Access will be provided through guided tours. The long-term vision of the site includes the redevelopment of the Museum Park, which will be a community space infused with science and technology.
Architects Duncan Higgins and Maurizio Martignago speak to the challenges of designing and constructing a building large enough to house hundreds of thousands of artifacts.
the biggest challenge of the building
was accommodating all of the artifacts
in the right species much of the rest of
the building after the first story is
mostly collections the first level above
grade is administrative and there's some
labs in there but after that it's mostly
storage it's a very strong building is
the floors are quite thick large columns
it's dealing with a lot of heavy loads
as you can imagine fire trucks and the
like farm machinery little generators
things like that there's there's one
area on level one that we reinforced
even more to have a greater slab
capacity to deal with some of the extra
large artifacts those challenges and
scale on site it's a very long sites a
very long building that we've been
designing it's very close to the
entrance of the museum so one of the
things we did to relieve that proximity
was to create the public space of the
plaza that allows the plaza which was
existing from museum design to expand
and provide a really great public space
Curious to see what we are building next to the Canada Science and Technology Museum? Check out this video to explore the Collections Conservation Centre.
Dr. Gary Polonsky, Chair of Ingenium's Board of Trustees talks about the future, innovative Collections Conservation Centre
Dr. Gary Polonsky, Chair of Ingenium's Board of Trustees, talks about the construction and design of the Collections and Conservation Centre.