April 15, 2010
by Canadian Architect
Saucier + Perrotte and Hughes Condon Marler Architects have begun designing the new building for the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Science/CDRD for the University of British Columbia. The project site is located at the intersection of Westbrook Mall and Agronomy Road, a 20,240-square-metre parcel of land that is located at an important entry point to the campus. Resource Planning Group Inc. was earlier involved with the development of the project’s functional program, which enabled the architectural team to arrive at a design that would reflect the Pharmaceutical Science’s world-class researchers, faculty, and the University’s status as an internationally recognized institution in scientific endeavours.
With this in mind, the building is designed to act as a gateway to the southeast edge of the campus, engaging the community with a ground floor that will be open, transparent and inviting – one that will showcase the public functions of the Faculty.
The $90-million facility will create spaces for the exchange of ideas, and for intellectual and social interaction. It will promote creativity and foster new methods for collaborative and individual study, and for experimentation. The new building will also house the University’s Centre for Drug Research and Development in a state-of-the-art facility. Just as it will become a vibrant node of science and technology, the design of the building takes into consideration the current and future needs of the University’s pharmaceutical program. In this way, the exchange of knowledge in all its forms is the principal notion behind the new building, and the catalyst for its unique architectural form.