University of British Columbia's Earth Science Building
University of British Columbia's Earth Science Building
University of British Columbia's Earth Science Building
University of British Columbia's Earth Science Building

University of British Columbia's Earth Science Building

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA

CLIENT:UBC Properties Trust
CONSULTANT:Busby Perkins + Will
CONTRACT TYPE:CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT
Project VALUE:$60,000,000
Project SIZE:13,500 sq. m.
DURATION:28 months
LEED CERTIFICATION LEVEL:GOLD
AWARDS:2013 AIBC Architectural Award • 2013 Wood WORKS! BC Wood Design Award for Institutional Wood Design
University of British Columbia's Earth Science Building

The new earth science building is one of the largest cross laminated timber wood structures in North America. More than 50% of the building’s structure is constructed with wood material including the addition of a wood structured pedway to an existing neighbouring building. Our team educated themselves on the proper installation procedures and sealers for wood products, and the appropriate refinishing practices. As a result, Bird has acquired the knowledge to become an industry leader in heavy timber construction.

The building includes a five-storey atrium and a show-stopping wood staircase. The facility provides learning spaces for more than 7,000 students each year including three lecture theatres ranging in sizes from 350 seats to 70 seats; leading-edge wet laboratories; clean room laboratories; and high headroom laboratories with two and five tonne overhead cranes for large-scale experiments. The wet labs were constructed using a flexible lab system design incorporating a ceiling track system for all mechanical, electrical and gas services, allowing the lab benches and work stations to be reconfigured for future expansion.

Bird has the ability and the experience working on projects of this size and was involved from the beginning of this highly integrated design process. The project is targeting LEED® Gold certification with its extensive solar shading and systems that reclaim waste heat from the labs. Bird worked with the consultants to redesign the project to incorporate a near-zero thermal energy waste heating and cooling system to add to the building’s energy cost savings.

University of British Columbia's Earth Science Building
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