Stantec wins WAN Education Award for the University of the Fraser Valley’s new campus

The new Canada Education Park campus at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) has risen above the international competition to be named “Best in Class: University Building” by the World Architecture News (WAN) Education Awards. In fact, the Stantec-designed project was the only award winner from the Americas in 2013.

“It’s a tremendous honour for our Stantec team to be recognized on the international stage,” commented Mark Travis, Stantec’s lead design architect for the UFV project. “This was a unique undertaking with intricate challenges, and to be recognized along with well-known architects from around the world really speaks to the quality of design that our team achieved, in addition to the strong relationship we were able to establish with UFV.”

Architects at Stantec amalgamated four existing and two new buildings in their design, completely gutting the existing structures to create a renewed connective space. Anchoring the project is a new central atrium, which brings the buildings together as a single construct. The renovations and additions have bred new life and purpose to what was previously an abandoned site.

“We are incredibly proud of our new campus building at the Canada Education Park in Chilliwack, British Columbia, and the team effort that inspired the design and drove the project to fruition. Truly an iconic building, it celebrates the natural environment surrounding the campus through the beautiful display of BC wood and natural light,” noted Craig Toews, UFV’s Executive Director of Facilities and Campus Development.

“The new building is quite a transformation from the old military engineering building, converting what once was an outdoor courtyard into a vibrant public space. Its energy-efficient technologies including a geo-exchange system, solar thermal hot water and light harvesting contribute to a forecasted 60% reduction in energy consumption and undergird our LEED® Gold certification. Most importantly, the new building was designed around a “town square” concept and has developed a stronger sense of community for students by bringing together academic programs and services into one cohesive space with study pockets and social nodes interspersed amongst the learning spaces.”

Based in London, the annual WAN Education Awards are a major international competition judged by a panel of renowned architects and designers from around the globe.

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