A state-of-the-art science facility designed to encourage students, researchers and faculty to learn and grow
Drawing inspiration from Arthur Erickson’s iconic University Hall and the striking coulee landscape, the Science Commons establishes itself as a leader in the emerging field of transdisciplinary research, while creating a new exemplar for climate-responsive research buildings.
Four flexible lab neighborhoods define the public realm and prioritize learning and collaboration through a variety of spaces. The building’s interior is highly transparent to reinforce the concept of science on display and to encourage visual connection to the surrounding prairie landscape.
The building capitalizes on Lethbridge’s climate—one of the sunniest and driest places in Canada—for passive energy. A double-façade system for perimeter offices and glazing along the east and south elevations draw light deep into the core. Designed to outperform a conventional lab building, the Science Commons anticipates significant energy reductions—78% for support spaces and 60% for lab spaces.
With the new Science Commons, the University has positioned itself at the forefront of scientific research and education, inspiring the next generation while setting the stage for an unprecedented era of discovery.
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