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British Columbia Institute of Technology Health Sciences Centre

Designing a wellness-focused learning facility

  • $78M

    Construction Value

  • 106K

    Square Feet

  • Burnaby, British Columbia

    Burnaby, British Columbia

Providing comprehensive health sciences simulation in multiple care settings

The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) wanted to create one of the largest health science education simulation centers in North America. Their goal? Provide world-class heath science education for over 7,000 future healthcare providers every year. Our team was brought in to design the Health Sciences Centre (HSC), a facility that would consolidate 32 programs under one roof and create a physical manifestation of interprofessional education.

The 106,000 square foot urban site presented a unique challenge—a building with four frontages. In answer, we designed a “four-corner” concept that positions each façade as a front door, immediately orienting and connecting students, faculty, and visitors to the main circulation, the Commons.

The Commons is composed of three bleacher-style tiered staircases, the Amphitheatre, the Study, and the Garden. These formal spaces each intentionally support three learning typologies: large lecture-style gatherings, group work, and solitary study. At every floor, students can step-out to generous vegetated roof terraces that support accessible moments of decompression in a learning environment which can often be stressful and overwhelming.

The new HSC is an energy efficient, low-carbon emission building that places student wellness at the forefront. In recognition of their mission, HSC has achieved WELL pre-certification, a standard which seeks to support and advance human health and wellness, and is targeting Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Gold Certification.

At a Glance

Architizer A+ Awards, Special Mention, Architecture +Health, 2023
ACEC-BC Awards for Engineering, Excellence Winner, Buildings Category, 2023

How can design prepare future healthcare professionals?

Our multidisciplinary team helped the British Columbia Institute of Technology create one of the largest health science education simulators in North America.

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