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. The RDDDM Society has selected Teeple Architects Inc. in association with Architecture | ATB to realize the vision for this project. The RDDDM will be located within the township of Wembley, Alberta. As one of the world’s foremost museums of paleontology and natural history, the RDDDM will tell the fascinating story of how the Pipestone Creek Dinosaur Bonebed was discovered and then subsequently excavated by archaeologists. The Museum will achieve international status as a destination unto itself for researchers, dinosaur enthusiasts and the general public alike.
The Pipestone Creek Dinosaur Bonebed is one of the five most significant dinosaur bonebeds discovered. 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. The project will be 33,000 sq. ft. and will provide an educational resource and learning centre to promote an understanding of paleontology, geology and archaeology. The River of Death and Discovery Dinosaur Museum is scheduled to be completed in December 2012 and is targeting a LEED Silver certification.
Architects: Teeple Architects Location: Wembley, Alberta, Canada Principal in Charge: Stephen Teeple (OAA, FRAIC) Project Architects: Martin Baron Associate Architect: Architecture | ATB Design Team: Mark Baechler, Scott Norsworthy Structural Engineer: Fast + Epp Structural Engineers Exhibit Consultant: Reich + Petch Design International Landscape: SCATLIFF + MILLER + MURRAY Landscape Architects Mechanical Engineer: Hemisphere Engineering Inc. Electrical Engineer: Aecom LEED: Enermodal Engineering Civil: Aecom Owner: The County of Grande Prairie No.1 Completion Date: 2012 Gross square footage: 3,300 sqm Renderings: Norm Li AG+I