19 August 2014

Museum Will Seek Support From Gov't, Private Sector For Collections Centre Renos (CHSJ)

The wheels are in motion when it comes to renovating the building that houses the New Brunswick Museum's Collection Centre on Douglas Avenue.

CEO Jane Fullerton says the $1.1-million investment from the provincial government is great news and means their plan to get the facility in better shape can now move forward.

She says the building is from the 1930s and hasn't really been updated since then. Through conceptual design and initial costing done last year, it was found that fixing up the centre will cost $40-million which includes the construction of an addition, renovation of the original building, the development of compact storage, a laboratory, as well as moving collections back and forth. She says they will be looking to all three levels of government along with the private sectors for funding.

Fullerton says they're are aiming to have a renewed exhibition centre of some type by 2017 which marks their 175th birthday. Their lease at Market Square, which ends this month, has been extended for a period of time and there's a request for proposals out which closes at the end of November.