Quest University Canada

New University – Squamish, BC

Architects: Hotson Bakker Boniface Haden Architects (Andrew Larigakis role was as Project Architect for HBBH. He was  involved from the early design phase through to completion of construction).

Quest University is the first private, non-profit and  non-secular liberal arts and sciences university in Canada. The campus opened its doors in 2007 and has been successfully growing since that time. The work of the architectural team on this project was to develop the master plan and then design and oversee construction of the first four buildings on the greenfield site. The post-secondary education architecture included: the Academic Building,  Library, Services Building and Recreation Building.

The Academic Building was developed on a unique model that incorporated seminar rooms, breakout rooms (but no classrooms)  surrounding a curving central courtyard. Click here for more information.

The Library was developed as a resource for all types of media and as a Welcome centre for the campus. Click here for more information

The Services Building included the campus dining hall, cafeteria meeting rooms and a large multi-function gathering space. Click here for more information.

The Recreation Centre includes a gym designed to the NCAA competition level for basketball but is suitable for many types of sports and activities.  Click here for more information

The campus design was developed to minimize its impact on the environment. Ground-source heating and cooling (geothermal) was used for buildings. Good natural daylighting was provided while solar heat gain and glare was minimized utilizing external sun shading and ceramic frit glazing. Water-saving fixtures and energy-efficient lighting was used throughout. All storm water was dealt with on site using nature infiltration and bio-swales. Local materials were widely used including concrete from a nearby batch plant and wood from local industries. Photos by A. Larigakis.

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Quest University Canada – Library Building 

Library Building – Squamish, BC

Architects: Hotson Bakker Boniface Haden Architects (Andrew Larigakis role was as Project Architect for HBBH. He was  involved from the early design phase through to completion of construction).

The new 45,000 square foot Library building also acts as a welcome centre and houses administrative offices, a bookshop and cafe. As the formal front door to the campus, the library provides a simple, strong and identifiable image for the university. The interior, organized around a central atrium, is warm and welcoming. Perforated wood acoustic panels finish the atrium interior and work together with the acoustical metal deck ceiling at the upper level to keep noise under control.

Like all the buildings on this campus, sustainability factored into the design. On the south facade, exterior sun shades control solar heat gain in the summer. Additional shading is provided by a dot pattern, imprinted on areas of the glass, that also reduce heat gain on the south, east and west elevations. A ground source geo-exchange system (geothermal) provides heating and cooling to the building via radiant slabs. Local wood is used extensively and the high fly ash concrete comes from a batch plant just down the hill from the campus.

The main stair is inscribed with a poem by Al Purdy. For the story behind and images of the stair go to: http://larigakis.ca/mies_portfolio/library-stair/

Photos by A. Larigakis

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Quest University Canada – Recreation Centre

Recreation Centre – Squamish, BC

Architects: Hotson Bakker Boniface Haden Architects (Andrew Larigakis role was as Project Architect for HBBH. He was  involved from the early design phase through to completion of construction).

Quest University is the first private, non-profit and  non-secular liberal arts and sciences university in Canada. Included in the design of the four main campus buildings was the 28,000 square foot Recreation Centre. This building houses a gymnasium, fitness room, squash courts, and a caretaker’s suite. The large gym is designed to NCAA competition standards for collegiate basketball. Special attention was paid to the lighting; the white ceiling and non-directional lights minimizes contrast and glare when looking up while providing ample light to the space. (For Quest University post: http://larigakis.ca/mies_portfolio/quest-university-canada-squamish-bc/ ). Photos by A.Larigakis.

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Gym
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Fitness Area

Quest University Canada – Academic Building 

Academic Building – Squamish, BC

Architects: Hotson Bakker Boniface Haden Architects (Andrew Larigakis role was as Project Architect for HBBH. He was  involved from the early design phase through to completion of construction).

The 50,000 square foot Academic Building is an unconventional structure designed specifically to suit the needs of Quest University’s unique program. With class sizes capped at 20 students, the building forgoes typical classrooms for smaller seminar rooms supplemented by breakout rooms. The corridors have numerous niches and other spaces suited to the idea of informal learning and part of overall approach to education that could be described as 21st century learning. Also in the building are labs and faculty offices.

The building is organized around a steeply sloping and roughly circular exterior courtyard landscaped with indigenous plants and trees. The view into the courtyard provides a framed and intensified experience of the native mountain forest.

Like the Library building at Quest, heating and cooling are provided by an in-slab radiant heating and cooling system drawing from a ground-source geo-exchange system.

Photos by A. Larigakis

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Breakout room

Quest University Canada – University Services Building

University Services Building – Squamish, BC

Architects: Hotson Bakker Boniface Haden Architects (Andrew Larigakis role was as Project Architect for HBBH. He was  involved from the early design phase through to completion of construction).

The University Services Building is a 31,000 square foot facility open year-round to students and the public selling a diverse range of food, beverages and convenience items. With its extensive kitchen, the Services Building provides a range of food types to an international student body. Glazed garage doors on two sides open the university dining hall to the large exterior patio in good weather where one has a spectacular views of the nearby mountains and glaciers. Below the dining space is a large multi-purpose room that is used as a community gathering place for lectures, performances and films.

Like the Academic Building opposite the University Services building uses the steeply sloping site to advantage providing connections to both cultivated and wild landscape at multiple levels.

Photos by A. Larigakis

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