VANCOUVER, British Columbia—A new gateway building at the historic entrance to the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) Point Grey campus will reflect UBC’s reputation as a world class university. Designed by Perkins&Will’s Vancouver practice in collaboration with the firm’s Denmark studio, Schmidt Hammer Lassen, the 25,000-square-metre (270,000-square-foot) health science academic and research building will symbolize the university’s commitments and transform the arrival experience for students, staff, and visitors.
Targeting completion in 2024, the building will co-locate the School of Nursing, School of Kinesiology, Integrated Student Health Services, and components of UBC Health and Language Sciences, strengthening academic programs through opportunities for collaboration. A mix of spaces range from wet and dry labs, clinical spaces, lecture theatres and classrooms, gym and fitness facilities, as well as office and administrative functions.
“At this landmark site, UBC seeks to demonstrate its commitments to its relationship with the Musqueam host nation, zero carbon design, fiscal responsibility, and advancing academic excellence in health and well-being”, says Gerry McGeough, director of planning and design at UBC. “While the project is still being refined, the Perkins&Will and Schmidt Hammer Lassen team have clearly risen to the challenge of weaving these multiple aspirations into a compelling facility and design that is fitting for the gateway to our campus.”