Fort Calgary is East Village’s oldest neighbourhood. Heck—it was the only thing around when East Village rose up from the ground (the first time ’round) as Calgary’s first neighbourhood back in the early years of the 1900s. A vital dimension of the downtown east-end experience, the Fort Calgary Historical Site consists today of a single-storey interpretive centre built in 1976 and a two-storey barracks constructed in 2000.
In 2018, Fort Calgary enlisted CMLC to manage both the design and execution of the existing museum building’s planned renovations to the existing interpretive centre to support such functions as exhibits, educational programming, retail outlets, food and beverage services, and event rentals.
As Fort Calgary’s project manager, we’re helping the guardians of this vital historical landmark achieve their renovation goals—namely, to elevate the museum’s profile, status and marketability by expanding and revitalizing exhibits and curriculum content.
The design of the new building will:
Honour the reconciliation mandate through meaningful incorporation of Indigenous history, culture, story and experience
Create a venue that remembers and celebrates Calgary’s origin story in ways worth sharing with local and global communities
Deliver an innovative, experiential learning forum with inclusive representation by southern Alberta’s many cultures.