Case Study #2: Royal Alberta Museum
The Royal Alberta Museum (RAM) is currently engaged in the planning and design of the ‘Project Renewal’ Renovation and Upgrade Project. The Project is a $220 million dollar capital works project scheduled for completion in 2009. The architectural team of Cohos Evamy with Lundholm Associates is currently working on a schematic design for the renewed Royal Alberta Museum. Royal Alberta Museum exhibition teams, in consultation with Reich + Petch Design International, are planning galleries for the renewed Museum. Phase 1 of the project is envisioned to include a feature exhibition centre, a new history centre with a suite of new galleries, expanded and improved visitor amenities, enrichment of existing galleries and additional space for preservation of heritage collections.
The RAM, through the Provincial Government of Alberta, contracted the services of ASRA for the creation of a Vulnerability Assessment and the preparation of a Facility Security Design Brief ( FSDB ). The FSDB was produced according to Cultural Institution, RCMP and Treasury Board Secretariat GSP Guidelines. The documents requested from ASRA included reporting, analysis and preliminary technical protective systems design that is very specific to Museums occupancies. The reports have been received by the RAM, approved by the RAM Project Team, and integrated into the Architectural planning of the new facility.
Some of the aspects covered in the FSDB included physical security, electronic security, specific hazards, merging of the Security Management System to the Museums' IT network infrastructure, and related topics.
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