“We’re in the process of selecting the design team,” retired navy captain Ted Kelly, chairman of the Memorial Action Committee, is quoted as saying.
The 100,000 sq. ft. project, planned to start construction in 2015, is estimated to cost between $90 and $100 million, funded by “all levels of government” and public donations. The goal is for the Centre to be open in time for Canada’s 150th birthday, July 1, 2017.
The competing architectural teams each include architects, engineers, interpretive designers and specialists in marine docking systems, expertise needed to create a permanent naval heritage centre built around HMCS Sackville, the last of Canada’s 123 Second World War navy corvettes.
The winning team will be selected imminently — and will be expected to produce a full design concept by October, followed by detailed designs and construction drawings.