Completed in 2019, the 5,960 square metre renewal refurbished a 1960s modernist building originally designed by Thompson Berwick and Pratt Architects on the University of British Columbia Point Grey Campus. The LEED Gold certified renewal included the reconfiguration of the six-storey classroom block to support contemporary pedagogy for the Department of Physics and Astronomy and features extensive transparency between collaborative teaching lab spaces. Key program elements include acoustic and optic labs, large format classrooms, a student learning centre, workshops, a rooftop telescope dome, lecture theatre, and a new pedestrian bridge link to the adjacent Hennings Building. The extensive renewal also included a full seismic upgrade, replacement of the building systems, elevator upgrades, and improvements to the building envelope.
Grands Prix du Design Renovation Gold Award
Grands Prix du Design Higher Education Silver Award