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Big Changes at the Offices of Pier 21

A blog from the Office Manager… I can hear the collective groan from the internet abyss, but fear not! The offices at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 are very much full of life!

You see, we have been under construction since December 2011 with major work (and my major involvement) as of January 2012. Five months of core drilling, conduit and the replacement of our HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) units have given me the opportunity to learn a plethora of new language and appreciate a new wardrobe. Yes, I own a hardhat and a pair of STSP boots (high fashion does indeed belong on the worksite.) It has been one of my responsibilities to work with the team and keep organized as the construction project moves along and I would love to share these experiences with you.

Of all the things I have learned so far, the biggest and most important is that under any project you must be adaptable. The staff, volunteers, clients and visitors to the Museum have shown their chameleon-like abilities throughout the course of this project. (Hard) hats off to all of you! It is because of everyone’s patience and understanding that we were able to make huge changes to the way the building operates. Our new system is bigger and more efficient – providing a cleaner and more comfortable environment for guests, volunteers and staff as soon as they walk through our doors.

For my first series of blogs, I will be sharing with you some of the fun (and funny) details of working in an office and national museum under construction. How does one conduct business while contractors are hanging from the ceiling? Where do staff sit when their spaces are filled with insulation? Answers to these questions and many, many more will be revealed. The things we have all learned through this process have been incredible and demonstrative of our dedication to make the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 a truly amazing place.