November 2, 2010
by Canadian Architect
The River of Death and Discovery Dinosaur Museum (RDDDM) Society is a non-profit organization formed in 2010 by the County of Grande Prairie No. 1, and has selected Teeple Architects Inc. in association with Architecture | ATB and Reich + Petch Design International to realize the vision for this project. The RDDDM will be located within the township of Wembley, Alberta, and as one of the world’s foremost museums of paleontology and natural history, it will tell the fascinating story of how the Pipestone Creek Dinosaur Bonebed was discovered and then subsequently excavated by archaeologists. The Museum seeks to achieve international status as a destination for researchers, dinosaur enthusiasts and the general public alike.
The Pipestone Creek Dinosaur Bonebed is one the five most significant dinosaur bonebeds ever discovered in the world. The narrative of the museum parallels the discovery of the bonebed, the paleontological process of the reconstruction of the dinosaurs and the experience of this prehistoric time. The processes that led to the demise of the local dinosaur population are revealed as one develops an understanding of the geological history of Alberta. The bones and reconstructed skeleton of the native Pachyrhinosaurus Lakustai dinosaur will be a feature component on display in the Museum.
The architectural team is working closely with the RDDDM Society and staff scientists to develop a dynamic user experience. Back-of-house spaces will be integrated into the visitor experience and viewing galleries will allow visitors to observe scientists at work in their laboratories. As an educational resource and learning centre to promote an understanding of paleontology, geology and archaeology, the 33,000-square-foot-project is scheduled to be completed in December 2012 and is targeting LEED Gold certification.
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