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University of Lethbridge - Isttaniokaksini / Science Commons

An incubator for transdisciplinary science and discovery

  • 38K

    Square Meters

  • $220M

    Project Value

  • >60%

    Energy Use Reduction

  • Lethbridge, Alberta

    Lethbridge, Alberta

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. This LEED Gold certified building is 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.

At a Glance

  • PCL Construction
Stantec / KPMB
2018 World Architecture Festival – Shortlisted Project – Future Education
Meet Our Team

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.
Stephen Phillips Senior Vice President, Business Leader, Buildings Read More

Rich Hlava, Principal

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

Michael Reagan, Vice President, Buildings

The laboratories we plan and design may ultimately contribute to the discovery of something that will significantly and positively impact our lives.

James Strong, Associate

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

Marc DiManno, Business Consultant

At Stantec, we have the incredible opportunity and humbling responsibility to create tangible improvements and meaningful differences to the communities in which we live, work, and play—now and into the future.

Michael Moxam

Vice President, Architecture

Stephen Phillips

Senior Vice President, Business Leader, Buildings

Rich Hlava


Michael  Reagan

Vice President, Buildings

James Strong


Marc DiManno

Business Consultant

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