BURNABY, B.C. – Ground was broken Dec 3. On the new $78.3 million Health Sciences Centre at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)’s Burnaby, B.C. campus.
The new center is a four-storey, 9,909 square-metre (106,660 square-feet building constructed to net zero carbon emission standards and will be the most sustainable building on the Burnaby campus, targeting WELL Gold certification. Accommodation is planned for approximately 7,000 students.
“This new state-of-the-art building is going to be a game changer for healthcare students at BCIT. It will be more than just a building. It will be the training grounds for the next generation of highly-trained health specialists. It was designed with students and the environment in mind and fits squarely within our government’s CleanBC plan,” BC minister of advanced education, skills and training Melanie Mark said.
“The new BCIT Health Sciences Centre is a bold declaration of our ongoing commitment to training the professionals that support British Columbia’s vital health-care sector. Opening in 2021, this innovative teaching and learning space will embody our unique learning model by empowering people and shaping BC through applied education. The centre will be one of the largest buildings of its kind in Canada, featuring innovative simulation labs equipped with the latest virtual and augmented reality technology,” BCIT president Kathy Kinloch added.
The new centre will replace existing simulation space and replicate the work environments of a variety of hospitals and laboratories. It will house health-sciences programs including cardiology, sonography, nursing, pediatric and nuclear medicine.
“Stantec is proud to celebrate the groundbreaking of the BCIT Health Sciences Centre. Our design blends immersive technology, a range of low to high fidelity rooms and collaboration spaces, connected via a continuous ribbon of social spaces to support a variety of learning modalities and experiences for students, faculty and staff. This building is also pursuing aggressive sustainability and social inclusivity targets, making it a one of a kind in British Columbia,” Stantec architect Eleonore Leclerc said.
The province of B.C. is spending $66.6 million of the project’s $78.3 million budget and completion is expected by late 2021.