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New Earth Sciences Building at UBC opens.

Perkins+Will, Equilibrium Consulting, and the University of British Columbia recently celebrated the official opening of the Earth Sciences Building (ESB). Using wood as its primary structure, this innovative five-storey facility is North America’s largest panelized wood building. Shared between the Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, the Department of Statistics, the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences, the Office of the Dean of Science, and the Pacific Museum of the Earth, the ESB provides ample opportunity for interdisciplinary exchange between departments. The building contains teaching, lab and office space, along with three lecture theatres, one of which has alternate rows of swivel seats and fixed tables to allow students to interact and work in groups. The five-storey structure is organized into two wings that surround an open-concept atrium with a free-floating cantilevered solid timber staircase. Unlike the concrete laboratory wing, the academic wing uses wood as the primary structural material, providing a welcoming environment while sequestering approximately 2,600 tonnes of CO2 based on the 1,320 tonnes of wood material used in the project. The combination of solid, cross-laminated wood and wood-concrete composite panels make the academic wing of ESB an innovative project in Canada--raising the bar for the use of wood in large-scale high-performance projects. The building is also located directly across the street from the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, which presented an opportunity to develop a museum precinct in this area of campus, contributing to and reinforcing the public realm along Main Mall, the campus’s primary axis.

Patkau Architects to design Presentation House Gallery in North Vancouver.

With the support and direction of the City of North Vancouver, Presentation House Gallery has announced the appointment of Patkau Architects to design the Gallery’s new home at the foot of Lonsdale Avenue. Patkau Architects’ buildings have earned national and international accolades, and include such significant landmarks as the Beaty Biodiversity Museum in Vancouver and the new School of Art at the University of Manitoba, currently under construction in Winnipeg. In 2010, they won a prestigious international competition to design onsite cottages at Fallingwater, the Frank Lloyd Wright masterwork in Fayette County, Pennsylvania. Most recently, they have been chosen to design the new Audain Art Museum in Whistler. In the coming months, details will be revealed of the Patkaus’ design for this major public art gallery on the North Shore waterfront.


Designed by Perkins+Will and Equilibrium Consulting, the new Earth Sciences Building at UBC is North America's largest panelized wood structure. Martin Tessler/Courtesy Perkins+Will
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Optimum Studios

this building is amazing, truly a work of art. As a company that specializes in architectural glass in Vancouver, it's great to see this type of design and progress in our city.

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