|CLIENT:||UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA PROPERTIES TRUST|
|CONTRACT TYPE:||CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT|
|Project SIZE:||20,900 sq. m.|
|LEED CERTIFICATION LEVEL:||PLATINUM|
As a repeat client of Bird’s, the University of British Columbia now has a new student union building (SUB), the AMS Student Nest, sitting at the heart of its campus. Working on a constrained site, Bird built the five-storey, mixed-use building sandwiched between the existing SUB and the new alumni building while ensuring all deliveries were handled on a
Targeting LEED Platinum certification, the building features a unique sawtooth roof of glulam trusses and cross laminated timber panels. A focal piece within the new building is the exposed wood nest that stands on three slender steel columns, making it appear to be floating two-storeys-high in the building. With numerous custom finishes, many materials had to be sent to site to be fitted and then sent back for shop finishing, including all of the wood soffits surrounding the nest.
Other exceptional features of this building include the glass staircase and the four-storey-high, boomerang-shaped glulam columns. Cantilevered off of the south side of the structure is the 743 m2 Great Hall, which is supported by one concrete structural V-column and consists of three steel trusses spanning two-storeys-high and weighing 50 to 80 tons each.