The award-winning Pharmaceutical Sciences Building is a gateway to the academic core of the University of British Columbia – and a showcase for the immense potential of wood construction. Wood has a high profile throughout the public spaces of the building, inside and out. It is used in the wall cladding, in exposed wall guard protection, and as trim. Design highlights incorporating wood include angled cedar ceilings, millwork in framed partitions, and features in the exterior landscape such as wood seating and table surfaces.
The University of British Columbia's recently completed Earth Sciences Building had to live up to the university's strong reputation in the earth, ocean and atmospheric sciences. It would have to be iconic and use green building technologies. The solution was the extensive and innovative use of cross-laminated timber (CLT), a new solid wood product that is as strong as reinforced concrete. The building used more than 1,300 cubic metres of CLT, all sourced and engineered in B.C.
This two-storey, 3,770 square metre facility was built under the province of British Columbia's seismic mitigation program for schools. It replaces the original J.W. Sexsmith Elementary dating from 1912, that structural analysis had determined would be uneconomical to upgrade to current code standards. Located on a south sloping site in the Langara neighbourhood of Vancouver, the new school serves a diverse student population in an area that is transitioning from single-family to multi-family homes.
Lord Kitchener Elementary School was established in 1914 in what was then the municipality of Point Grey, now the neighbourhood of Dunbar on Vancouver's west side. The original wooden schoolhouse reached capacity in the early 1920s, when a second masonry building was constructed alongside it, followed over the ensuing decades by other additions and alterations. This project involved the rehabilitation and relocation of the original heritage schoolhouse, the demolition of the later structures and the construction of a new building.