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Selkirk College Student Commons

Refreshing a trades-focused campus through inspired design

  • 10K

    Square Feet

  • Nelson, British Columbia

    Nelson, British Columbia

Creating a modern home for student connections between programs

With students eating in the dark basement with no place to call home on campus before, between and after classes, the new Selkirk College Silver King campus student commons needed to be replaced. To achieve this, we used an iterative process and worked with the client to create a campus that would meet present and future needs, designing an environment that would retain and attract students for years to come.

Inspiration for this building was drawn from the trades focus of the campus—combining the craft of steel work, carpentry, and fine woodwork. The materials used for construction were deliberately chosen—clear glazing faces the Trades buildings to the southeast, drawing students to the ‘bridge building’ for meals, collaboration and fun, linking the campus to its academic block at the north. In line with the forward-thinking goals of this project, we are also seeking an ambitious LEED® Gold target. As LEED® Gold status relies heavily on energy savings, we aim to achieve a 35% overall energy savings across the campus.

Through very selective means, we designed a student commons that will become a social hub for Selkirk. The new campus will feature a contemporary design, showcasing what the college has to offer while providing a home for conversation, connections and sharing meals. 

At a Glance

Stantec with Studio9 (Construction Administration)
Meet Our Team

Brian Christianson, Principal, Practice Leader British Columbia

When you can consistently demonstrate that you have your client’s best interests at heart you build trust, and your reach becomes endless.
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Thys Fourie, Principal, Buildings

Developing technical skills is important, but knowing how to apply them successfully is even more important.

Brian Christianson

Principal, Practice Leader British Columbia

Thys Fourie

Principal, Buildings

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