Lincoln Museum & Cultural Centre Redevelopment Project

Lincoln Museum & Cultural Centre Redevelopment Project

Project location: 3800 Main St., Jordan Station ON.

Planned Implementation Schedule:

  • Site Plan Approval December 2018
  • Tender Release Date: Tuesday Jan. 17, 2019
  • Contract Award Pending Council’s Approval: Q1 2019
  • Construction Start Date: Q2 2019
  • Substantial Completion: Summer 2020
  • Final Deficiency Completion: 1 month after Substantial Completion
  • Museum Move-in and Set-up: TBD
  • Final Project Close-out/Completion & Grand Opening: TBD

Description of the Project:

Construction of a new single-story museum and cultural centre approximately 8,400 total gross sq. ft. on the site of the old museum with renewed pedestrian access across the historic site to the Twenty Mile Creek.

Main level features:

  • Entrance from Main Street courtyard
  • Two collection/exhibit display areas
  • Reception/Administration area
  • Meeting room
  • Multi-purpose event space with kitchenette
  • Oversized elevator for movement of collection
  • Shared workspace/Administration Offices

Lower Level:

  • Collection Storage (1,900 sq. ft.)
  • Staff working/processing area
  • Staff amenity area with kitchenette and storage
  • Mechanical and electrical rooms

Project Implementation Milestones:

  • Award of Lead Consultant Contract (+VG): March 2016
  • Project Manager hired: October 2016
  • Site Clearing: November 2016
  • Remainder of Stage 2 & Stage 3 Archaeological Assessment Started: December 2016
  • Interim Museum Renovations (Beamsville): February 2017
  • Heritage House (museum facility) sold & vacated: March/April 2017
  • Stage 4 Archaeological Assessment Started: Spring 2017
  • Stage 4 Archaeological Assessment Complete: Late Summer 2017
  • RFP Pre-qualification Release Date: September 8, 2017
  • RFP Pre-qualification Closing Date: September 22, 2017
  • Pre-qualification evaluations and final scoring completed: November 2017
  • Heritage House demolition & site clearing: December 2017
  • Tender documents, drawings and detailed specifications finalized: March 2018
  • Class "A" Cost Estimate (Hanscomb Ltd.) completed: April 2018
  • Site Plan Application finalized and submitted: April 2018

Project Background:

Established in 1953, the museum has never had a purpose-built facility for its collection which consists of almost 10,000 artifacts and is stored off-site. For over 40 years the museum was administered by a volunteer board. In 1995 the Town of Lincoln took ownership of the museum. Shortly thereafter, the Town purchased a turn-of-the-century domestic home (the ‘Heritage House') situated at the entrance of the property and moved the administration and small exhibit area to this facility.

In 2000, a Site Master Plan was undertaken by Lundholm Associate Architects. This Site Master Plan focused on both the facility and site planning. It included the determination of accommodation objectives and functional analysis of present buildings and the overall site. It proposed many possible development options for a new museum, comparing each option to the stated accommodation objective. This in-depth Site Master Plan laid out the foundations for future planning. Town Council at the time accepted the Plan as information and approved provision for a new facility in the municipality's 10 Year Capital Plan.

On September 22, 2008, the Jordan Historical Museum of the Twenty Volunteer Association committed its support for a new facility and in early 2009, the Town awarded the design concept contract to Weatherston Architects. Weatherston Architects delivered its concept design in an open public meeting however the Town elected to not proceed any further.

In 2010, museum CRM Lab Archaeological Services was retained to complete Stages 1 and 2 Archaeological Assessments followed by phase one of the Stage 3 Archaeological Assessment the next year. At the same time, an environmental assessment by AMEC Earth & Environmental Ltd. was started to initiate the process of re-zoning the site. In 2012 the Town awarded a contract to Quartek Group Inc. to provide consulting services for schematic design refinement and detailed development. In 2013 the rezoning was finalized and for unknown reasons, Quartek Group Inc. was dismissed from the project.

After municipal elections in 2014, the museum project was brought forward as a priority for the new Council. It was deemed by Council that a new concept design, this time including the entire site rather than just building an addition/completing a renovation to the existing administrative facility, should be developed. In July 2015, the Town issued RFP No. CM-15-01 for Professional Services to review and update previous Site Master Plans and +VG Architects (Ventin Group) was awarded the contract. As part of this new scope of work and through extensive consultations with staff, community stakeholder groups, and the public at large, the consultant's 2015 updated plans included construction of a new museum facility to replace the existing administration building and small storage structure on the site, as well as incorporation of a new outdoor gathering space. In February 2016 +VG Architects was awarded a comprehensive detailed design and engineering contract.

In the spring of 2017, CRM Lab Archaeological Services undertook the Stage 3 & 4 archaeological assessments of the site. Fieldwork and initial report filing was completed in the fall of 2017 with subsequent filings in early 2018. The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport clearance letter was received this past spring and at the same time all construction documents were finalized and are ready to be issued for tender once sufficient funding commitments have been secured.

Construction Schedule / Engagement Schedule:

  • Start Date: Spring 2019
  • Substantial completion Date: Summer 2020

Project Team:

  • Shannon McKay, B.A., PMP, Director, Community Services
  • Sean Jackson, PMP, C.Tech., Project Manager
  • David Warden, Manager of Facilities
  • Matt Bruder, MCIP, RPP, Associate Director of Planning and Development;
  • Walter Neubaur, CET, Manager – Technical Services;
  • Sylvia Beben, Events & Programs Facilitator
  • Lisa Mercier, Museum Curator.
  • Consultants:
    • Paul Sapounzi, Lead Partner, +VG The Ventin Group Architects;
    • Travis Forrest, Associate Partner, Project Manager, +VG The Ventin Group Architect


  • Council Approved Town of Lincoln 2016 Capital Budget - $2,000,000
  • Grants:
    • Canada Culture Spaces Fund (2019) - $1,000,000
    • Niagara Waterfront Investment Program (2018) - $250,000
  • Private Donors:
    • Jordan Historical Museum of the Twenty Volunteer Association (2015) - $1,000,000
    • Bench Brewing Company (2018) - $100,000
    • Vintage Hotels (2019) - $25,000
    • Len Pennachetti / Cave Springs Cellars (2019) - $25,000
    • Phelps Homes Group (2019) - $25,000
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