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Vancouver Community College Centre for Clean Energy & Automotive Innovation

Designing a state-of-the-art automotive trade and clean energy training facility that embraces technology and renewable resources

  • $291M

    Capital Cost

  • Vancouver, British Columbia

    Vancouver, British Columbia

Using education as a vehicle towards a more sustainable and collaborative future

The Centre for Clean Energy and Automotive Innovation is an exciting addition to Vancouver Community College’s (VCC) Broadway campus where students will learn how to construct and maintain electric vehicles. The new eight-story building will feature a cutting-edge electric/hybrid automotive shop and clean energy training facility. It will also house a library and learning centre, Indigenous gathering space, administrative offices, and plenty of collaborative learning space. Special considerations were given to Indigenous consultation and involvement in the design.

As prime architect, we designed a future-proof campus with flexible classroom layouts, powerful HVAC systems that respond to climate change, and mass timber as the primary structural material in the atrium space. To further support the goal of creating a space centered around green automotive innovation, the building is designed to be low carbon, and meet British Columbia’s Step Code 2 and LEED Gold Certification requirements. We’re also providing consulting services for interior design; mechanical, electrical, civil, and acoustic engineering; and information management and technology as well as LEED and Rick Hansen Foundation Gold Certification.

VCC’s new addition will represent qualities of sustainability, connection, and community experience while providing students with an essential education.

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  • Vancouver Community College
Partners
  • Two Row Architect
  • RJC Engineers
  • PFS Studio

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