The City of Quesnel has issued a request for proposals to hire a general contractor for the Quesnel Museum and Visitor Centre renovation project which is scheduled to begin later this summer and be completed by spring or early summer 2021.
According to a release from the City, updates to the new facility will include a new front façade with an accessible and energy-efficient entrance, a redesigned layout to improve customer and visitor traffic flow as well as a new accessible indoor bathroom.Within the workspace of the Museum, the renovation will include the reorganization and redesign of the gift shop, office, storage and archival areas. The project will also separate the ventilation systems for the building and the public bathrooms at the rear of the building and will also address drainage issues to reduce safety hazards in the winter.
“The goal of this redesign is to ensure the facility continues to serve as a major tourist attraction, increasing the number of overnight stays in Quesnel, attracting tourist dollars and further economic stimulus for hotels, restaurants, and retail locations,” states the release.
The $1.4 million cost of the project has been funded from the City’s Capital Reinvestment Plan, Community Works Fund (Federal gas tax funds), as well as a $250,000 grant from the Northern Development Initiative Trust.
In order to facilitate the renovation project the museum will be closed for the 2020 season and the Visitors Centre which is currently open will be temporarily relocated to the Billy Barker Days office in Lebourdais Park once construction begins where it will remain open throughout the construction period.