The start of a green campus

Establishing a benchmark in sustainable design

Charles E. Fipke Centre for Innovative Research

With a new masterplan in place, the Charles E. Fipke Centre for Innovative Research was the first step in creating a sustainable campus at the University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus.

Tasked with creating a design that was adaptive, flexible, and sustainable, Kasian worked with stakeholders to deliver a facility that would be stage for connectivity and the represent the unique learning experience that UBC Okanagan fosters as a locally responsive but globally conscious community.

This multi-purpose academic and research facility that achieved Five Green Globes includes classrooms and teaching labs, offices, student commons, research labs, a theatre, and an animal care facility. Passive design elements, solar optimization, energy conservation and natural ventilation were all integrated for improved sustainability.

  • Client UBC Properties Trust
  • Location Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
  • Size 72,000
  • Construction Value $21.1 M
  • Completed 2008

Teaching and research are our top priorities, and the Fipke Centre represents a major expansion in our capacity to excel in both areas.

Doug Owram Deputy Vice-Chancellor at UBC Okanagan