March 8, 2013

UBCO Arts and Science Centre Integrates Minds

Vernon Morning Star

Students and their professors have a strikingly beautiful, highly functional and energy-efficient new building in which to study and conduct research at the University of B.C.’s Okanagan campus.

The multi-purpose Arts and Sciences Centre houses classrooms, research and teaching labs, offices, student commons, and two large lecture theatres.

Stephen Toope, UBC president, believes the $41.4-million facility is a place of discovery.

“Scholars will be able to innovate and collaborate with their peers around the world within the facilities of this new Arts and Sciences Centre,” said Toope.

“It will enable UBC’s best academic minds to integrate their knowledge and wisdom with state-of-the-art technology to deliver exceptional learning experiences, ensuring our students get the best education available.”

The 7,800-square-metre, four-storey structure was designed by Vancouver-based Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning in partnership with HMA Architects of Kelowna, with construction managed by Stuart Olson Dominion Construction.

The Arts and Sciences Centre provides increased space for the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, and the Faculty of Health and Social Development.

Among the many laboratories and centres of research calling the new building home are:

– The Centre for the Advancement of Psychological Science and Law

– The Centre for Optimization, Convex Analysis and Nonsmooth Analysis

– The Centre for the Study of Services to Children and Families

– There is also the Interprofessional Clinic, which brings together expertise from psychology, social work and nursing to provide mental and psychosocial health services to individuals and families in Okanagan communities.