University of British Columbia - Life Sciences Centre

Vancouver, Canada

562,000 ft² | 52,200 m²
2009
University of British Columbia

Joint venture with Diamond and Schmitt Architects

 
Recognized as an international hub for medical research and education, the University of British Columbia Life Sciences Centre (LSC) opened in six phases only 29 months after breaking ground. The building is composed of three large five storey blocks, connected by atria, with two basement levels. A highly sophisticated space with interstitial floors and a complex program, the facility includes a range of different spaces including laboratories with Biosafety ratings of 2 and 3, a vivarium, wet and dry labs, two lecture theatres each seating up to 350 students, a 128 seat lecture theatre and 42 classrooms of varying sizes.

The LSC is LEED Gold certified particularly impressive due to the building’s significant laboratory component.The LSC has allowed the UBC Faculty of Medicine to almost double its enrollment, graduating 224 new physicians every year. Architectural elements include large skylights, extensive wood panelling, articulated flooring patterns and a dramatic central concourse that connects to interior courtyards and gardens. Light diffusing glazed elements articulate the spaces featured at each end of the atria. A curved stair sweeps down the lower auditoria, restaurant and public gathering space.
 

This project was completed by Bunting Coady Architects, whose operations were acquired by B+H in 2010

 

LEED USGBC-NC Gold certified

Awards

Vancouver Regional Construction Association
(Awarded to Bunting Coady Architects who merged with B+H in December 2010)
International Illumination Design Award
Special Citation (Awarded to Bunting Coady Architects who merged with B+H in December 2010)
Building Magazine, Outside the Box - Green Building Design
(Awarded to Bunting Coady Architects who merged with B+H in December 2010)
BOMA British Columbia Earth Award
(Awarded to Bunting Coady Architects who merged with B+H in December 2010)
Illuminating Engineering Society of North America - Energy and Environmental Design Award
(Awarded to Bunting Coady Architects who merged with B+H in December 2010)
Northwest Wall and Ceiling Bureau Building of the Year - Commercial Interior
(Awarded to Bunting Coady Architects who merged with B+H in December 2010)
The Energy and Environmental Design Award - Special Citation
(Awarded to Bunting Coady Architects who merged with B+H in December 2010)
The Brick Industry Association - Brick in Architecture - Institutional
(Awarded to Bunting Coady Architects who merged with B+H in December 2010)
Masonry Institute of BC - Masonry Design Awards
Merit Award-Institutional (Awarded to Bunting Coady Architects who merged with B+H in December 2010)
Consulting Engineers of BC Award of Merit
(Awarded to Bunting Coady Architects who merged with B+H in December 2010)