December 2012

Ironworkers Erect Canadian Museum for Human Rights

The home of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) promises to be an inspiring international landmark, drawing visitors from around the globe. The museum is a $351 million project created in partnership between the Government of Canada, the Province of Manitoba, the City of Winnipeg, the Forks North Portage Partnership, and the private sector.

Ironworkers from Local 728 (Winnipeg, Manitoba) and across Canada worked 220,075 manhours to erect the museum, using the most up-to-date technology in its construction. The distinctive shape of the building requires a unique strategy for construction. The building is sustainable and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certified Silver.

A host of union ironworkers from various contractors worked through one of the coldest and longest Winnipeg winters in recent memory. The glass supply and installation was performed by ironworkers for contractor Josef Gartner USA. The structural steel, 5,400 tons, was fabricated and installed by Walters Inc. of Hamilton, Ontario, along with Local 728 ironworkers and many travel cards from across Canada. Rebar contractor DMC Reinforcing also installed all of the rebar on this project using union members.

The iconic building for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights is located at the Forks in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Forks is a national historic site where the Red and Assiniboine rivers meet. It has served as a meeting place for thousands of years, where people have come to trade and resolve disputes peacefully.

The CMHR combines stone and glass to create an iconic structure inspired by the Canadian landscape. The MuseumÕs awe-inspiring design incorporates Tyndall stone and a large glazed glass super-structure.

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is just another example of the skills, determination, and safety union ironworkers apply every day to perform and produce at the highest level. Local 728 would like to extend its thanks to all of the contractors, Local 728 members, and travel cards from all over, for a job well done. The museum is slated to open in 2014 and will be a lasting tribute to union ironworkersÕ craftsmanship and dedication.