John M.S. Lecky UBC Boathouse

Type of Building
Community & Recreation
1,300 sq. m.
McFarland Marceau Architects Ltd.
Structural Engineer
Fast + Epp
Construction Manager
Kindred Construction
Project Owner
University of British Columbia
Glue-laminated timber (glulam), Solid-Sawn Heavy Timber, Lumber, Parallel strand lumber (PSL), Plywood

The architecture reveals its purpose by evoking the essential qualities of the rowing experience: a gentle presence on the river, the luminous properties of the water environment, and a refined athletic technique —requiring smooth movement,balance, power, cadence and efficiency.

Craig Duffield, Lead Design Architect McFarland Marceau Architects

Project Overview

The John M.S. Lecky UBC Boathouse is nestled on the banks ofthe Fraser River in Richmond, B.C. Its wood design capturesthe spirit of rowing and is an ideal material to build a floatingstructure. The boathouse offers spectacular views of theNorth Shore Mountains from its spacious, modern interior.

Wood Use

The desire was to make this a building that would not only respond to its site in a unique and dynamic way, but would also be energy efficient and have a minimal impact on the surrounding environment. Wood was chosen for both practical and aesthetic reasons, and it is used throughout the building.