The Alberta government has asked four construction companies to submit proposals to design and build the new $340 million Royal Alberta Museum in downtown Edmonton.

Premier Ed Stelmach announced in April that the museum will move from its current location near Government House in Glenora to a site at 103A Avenue and 99th Street.

EllisDon Construction Services Inc., Graham Design Builders, Ledcor Design Build and PCL Construction Management Inc. were among seven companies that sent in applications last month after the province put out a request for qualifications. 

The winning design and company will be announced this fall.

"We are challenging these architects and engineers to provide a design that captivates and inspires its visitors," said Alberta Minister of Infrastructure Ray Danyluk in a news release.

"This is a rare opportunity to deliver an accessible landmark building in the heart of our capital city; one that defines our Alberta identity, has the flexibility to adapt with us as we grow, and welcomes generations of Albertans and visitors to come again and again."

The new building is scheduled to open in 2015.