UBC Hebb Building

November 2016

Renewal of 1960s Thompson Berwick and Pratt Project

The University of British Columbia has retained Acton Ostry Architects for a $20 million renewal of the Hebb Building, a 5,957 square metre, six-storey, 1960s modernist building designed by Thompson Berwick and Pratt Architects. The renewal includes reconfiguration of teaching and support spaces to support contemporary pedagogy for the Department of Physics and Astronomy. The project is scheduled for completion in March 2019.

UBC Aquatic Centre

October 2016

Pool Tiling is Underway

Construction is progressing at the new UBC Aquatic Centre. Ceramic tile installation of the pools is underway. Completion is scheduled for early 2017.

The design is a collaboration of MJMA (MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects) and Acton Ostry Architects.

AOA is hiring

September 2016

We’re seeking junior and intermediate level architect and / or architectural technologists to join our practice. Please forward a cover letter, resume and portfolio (maximum 5 MB) to: [email protected]

Brock Commons Phase 1

September 2016

Mass Wood Topping Out Celebration

A “Topping Out” celebration was held on September 15, 2016 for the completion of the mass wood structure and façade at the UBC’s Brock Commons student residence—the world’s tallest wood building at 18 storeys (53 metres, about 174 feet)—four months ahead of schedule, showcasing the advantages of building with wood.

The structure was completed less than 70 days after the prefabricated components were first delivered to the site. Construction will now focus on interior elements, with completion expected in early May 2017—18 per cent (or four months) faster than a typical project. The building is expected to welcome more than 400 students in September 2017.