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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 29 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 Health Sciences Centre puts student wellness at the forefront. In recognition of that mission, HSC is pursuing WELL Gold certification—a standard which seeks to support and advance human health and wellness along with targeting a highly energy efficient and low-carbon building footprint—as well as Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Gold certification.

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Meet Our Team

Keith Bate, Principal, Mechanical Engineer

I’m interested in figuring out how mechanical systems in buildings work and how we can design them with sustainability in mind.

Darren Burns, Vice President, Global Commercial Sector Leader

Being an architect isn’t only about design; it’s about creating a lasting relationship with each client.
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Andreas Haase, Senior Associate

I am passionate about being an integral member of the design team in delivering projects of any type and of any scale.

Rich Hlava, Senior Associate

By challenging the status quo and designing with empathy and human needs in mind, you can connect with people and improve their daily lives.

Eleonore Leclerc, Principal, Architect

Seeking out the challenges of projects deepens our understanding of architecture and creates better spaces for the community.

Michael Moxam, Vice President, Architecture

Every intervention impacts the public realm and contributes to community building. This is both our opportunity and our responsibility.
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Stephen Phillips, Senior Vice President, Business Leader, Buildings

As an architect, I have to consider that people inhabit the spaces I design. Every element should enhance and support the human experience.
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James Strong, Intern Architect

Collaboration is key. Buildings have a genuine impact on people’s lives—the design process should empower and excite everyone involved

Keith Bate

Principal, Mechanical Engineer

Darren Burns

Vice President, Global Commercial Sector Leader

Andreas Haase

Senior Associate

Rich Hlava

Senior Associate

Eleonore  Leclerc

Principal, Architect

Michael Moxam

Vice President, Architecture

Stephen Phillips

Senior Vice President, Business Leader, Buildings

James Strong

Intern Architect

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