This two-storey community centre is located at the heart of the new Wesbrook Place neighbourhood on the Vancouver campus of the University of British Columbia. The building includes fitness facilities, multipurpose rooms, a teen centre, a dance studio, a child-minding centre and a cafe. In addition to providing recreational opportunities, the broader ambition for the project was to support and enrich the social and cultural life of the community, offering a place for small scale gatherings, community events and celebrations.
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.
Ronald McDonald House BC & Yukon provides a ‘home away from home’ for 73 out-of-town families whose children are receiving treatment for serious illnesses at the BC Women’s and Children’s Hospital. It replaces a much smaller 12-unit complex that occupied a heritage house in Vancouver’s Shaughnessy neighbourhood. One of the most important design ambitions was to recreate the nurturing environment and sense of community so crucial for families facing one of life’s greatest emotional challenges.