When Vancouver Island University opened its new Cowichan Campus in 2011, the building demonstrated the university's commitment to education and to sustainability. The multi-purpose educational facility serves a range of academic, applied, career, technical, vocational and developmental programs. By considering wood first for structural components, interior finishes and aesthetic features, this facility sets a new standard for sustainable practices in the Cowichan Valley; it also meets the LEED Gold standard.
This project is located on the traditional territory of the Cowichan Tribes, close to the town of Duncan, and provides fully accessible assisted living accommodation for 54 seniors. The four-storey facility includes laundry on each floor, common living, dining, theatre and craft rooms, as well as an assisted bathing room and other personal care facilities. Each of the 46 single and 4 double units also includes a kitchen with a fridge and stove.