Remediation work underway at WAG-Qaumajuq
Statement from PCL Constructors Canada Inc. and WAG–Qaumajuq regarding the remediation work currently underway at the Gallery
Winnipeg, Manitoba, November 18, 2022: PCL Construction is working with the Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) – Qaumajuq to resolve a post-construction condensation and moisture issue with the new Inuit art centre building. Following the construction of Qaumajuq in December 2020, the building began showing signs of condensation irregularities and moisture build-up in the envelope assembly and exterior brick veneer. Working with industry experts, PCL is overseeing the remedial work, which is set to be completed in early 2023. The scaffolding and hoarding surrounding the perimeter of the main floor of Qaumajuq allows the construction team access to the soffit area where the remediation work is being carried out.
PCL Construction was selected to complete Phase 2 of the Qaumajuq building project, in part because of its extensive experience completing complex projects including the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and Manitoba Hydro Place.
WAG–Qaumajuq is open regular hours during remediation: Tuesday to Sunday 11am-5pm and until 9pm every Friday. The first floor, featuring the Gallery Shop, Katita Café, and nearly 5,000 artworks in the visible vault, is always FREE to visit. Learn more about current and upcoming programming at wag.ca.
- PCL Construction is working with WAG–Qaumajuq to resolve a post-construction condensation and moisture issue with the new Inuit art centre building.
- Remedial work is set to be completed in early 2023.
- Scaffolding and hoarding surrounding the perimeter of the main floor of Qaumajuq allows the construction team access to the soffit area where the remediation work is being carried out.
- WAG–Qaumajuq is open regular hours during remediation: Tuesday to Sunday 11am-5pm and until 9pm every Friday.
- The first floor, featuring the Gallery Shop, Katita Café, and nearly 5,000 artworks in the Visible Vault, is always FREE to visit.
“Our team is working closely with PCL to ensure that this post-construction issue is addressed in a thorough and efficient way, while keeping the building as accessible as possible. We look forward to the prompt completion of this project so that the public can once again enjoy our outdoor plaza.”
— Stephen Borys, Director & CEO, WAG-Qaumajuq
“PCL and the Winnipeg Art Gallery are committed to the swift resolution of these concerns, which will ensure the Gallery remains operational to welcome visitors and showcase contemporary Inuit art from across the globe. Our solution provider approach is unwavering and will help to guide the project to a successful conclusion in the coming months.”
— Kelly Wallace, PCL Vice President and District Manager
For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact:
Public Relations Officer
Winnipeg Art Gallery
The Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG)-Qaumajuq is a cultural advocate using art to connect, inspire, and inform. Playing a dynamic role in the community, we are a place for learning, dialogue, and enjoyment through art. Opened in March 2021, Qaumajuq connects to the WAG on all levels, celebrating the largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art in the world. The new WAG-Qaumajuq cultural campus is now one of the largest art museums in Canada. To learn more visit wag.ca.
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