Context: The Klondike Palaeontology Field Station is an initiative by the Yukon Government to provide palaeontological services closer to fossil-rich Klondike goldfields, and strengthen the presence of the government’s Heritage Resource Unit in the Yukon. The Field Station was to be located near Dawson City. It is intended to be a seasonal facility open from May through September, supporting research, administration and interpretation of palaeontological and archaeological finds. Cornerstone was retained to prepare a Functional Facility Program and preliminary estimates of capital costs.
Approach: The study included demand analysis, needs assessments, and interviews with all key stakeholders to discuss the overall vision for activities, and specialized equipment. The spatial and functional requirements were organized to allow phased development with components being added as the field program evolved.
Results: Approval was received to proceed with the next stage and Cornerstone was retained to conduct site options feasibility assessments, and analyze life cycle, operational and maintenance costs.