We have an exciting year ahead at the Nikkei National Museum with main floor expansion due to begin this fall. In preparation for that, we needed to move staff from the main floor to the second and improve staff spaces overall. Thanks to a BC|Canada 150 grant administrated through the BC Museums Association, and made possible by the Province of BC, and the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture under the direction of Hon. Lisa Beare, we completed second floor improved staff spaces project on budget and on time, with construction completing by Feb. 28, 2018.
We now have an open-office space, over 30 ft of windows letting in natural light, a soundproof quiet space for private calls or oral history recordings, 7 permanent work spaces for Museum and Centre staff, 8 new flexible work stations to allow for more researchers, interns, and facility support, 3 work stations for mini office within the office for our foundation, and a space for consolidated office equipment/supply storage. Given that this project was a renovation and not a new build, and that the original space only housed 7 people at most, this was both an architectural, construction, and team management feat. We have an open door policy and welcome visitors to our improved staff spaces during regular office hours – Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm, or by appointment.