Wednesday, May 25, 2022 1:15 p.m.
The final business case for a new state-of-the-art Royal BC Museum (RBCM) is available online.
The business case was developed to enable the RBCM to fulfill its legislative mandate to protect BC’s natural and human history for British Columbians today and tomorrow. It contains detailed analyzes to inform decisions, including project rationale, service delivery and procurement options, labor alternatives, and implementation plans and timelines. The business case resulted from a thorough evaluation of the project over a five-year period, confirming that the museum is at the end of its useful life with costs to upgrade existing buildings more than those to replace them with a new one. modern facility.
The government’s capital planning process requires the development of a formal business case after a concept plan has been approved. For greater transparency, the government is also making the concept plan for the museum project available online. Developed in 2018, the plan assessed the cost of options to repair, revitalize or replace the museum and showed that the cost of repairing or revitalizing would be higher than building a new museum without achieving the overall goals of the project. .
Extensive analyzes in the documents indicate that the museum buildings require extensive remediation and reconstruction to meet current building codes, including seismic, accessibility and energy efficiency standards, as well as to eliminate safely remove hazardous materials such as asbestos, lead and arsenic, and bring the museum up to international standards to host world-class exhibits.
This is the first public release of a business case and concept plan for a vertical infrastructure project in British Columbia. The redacted content of the documents is limited to commercial and procurement elements affecting the competitive process. Competitive information is retained in all documents made public.
The business case was informed according to the following schedule:
- 2006, 2014 and 2015 – Building assessments identify the need for major seismic and structural upgrades.
- October 2018 – Government receives a concept plan as required by the province’s capital management framework for capital projects over $50 million. Produced by Partnerships BC, now Infrastructure BC, with input from the RBCM and the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport, the plan outlines project needs, alternatives to meet them and preliminary recommendations, such as detailed building assessments.
- December 2018 – The government approves the concept plan, prompting the development of a formal business case for the replacement of the museum at the downtown Victoria site.
- October 2019 – Government and RBCM release What We Heard, a report on feedback from the public, including Indigenous communities, across the province.
- Spring 2020 – Government receives preliminary business case, approves development of Collections and Research Building in Colwood and requests further analysis related to the downtown museum. The preliminary business case will be available online in June 2022.
- December 2021 – Business case is finalized by Infrastructure BC with input from RBCM, Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport and Transportation Investment Corporation (TI Corp.)
- March 2022 – The government approves the final business case for the downtown museum.
Sharing the business case and concept plan with the public reflects the government’s commitment to transparency.
View the 2021 Business Case and 2018 Concept Plan at: https://www.royalbcmuseummodernization.ca/downtown-museum/
Check out the What We Heard 2019 report on: https://engage.gov.bc.ca/app/uploads/sites/121/2019/12/RBCM_WhatWeHeard_DIGITALrev.pdf