The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
Architects: DIALOG and B+H Associated Architects (Andrew Larigakis is the Project Architect for this project. He has been involved from the early design phase through completion of construction).
Cost: $103 M Completed 2015
The new AMS Nest (Student Union Building) is sited adjacent to the existing Student Union Building at the heart of the University campus. With a vast and diverse program including a council chamber for student government, a radio station, newspaper, spaces for 300 clubs, theatre, retail, and diverse food services including a pub and microbrewery, the SUB contains many of the services of a small city and was conceived of with the city as a metaphor for the building.
The project was developed with a high level of student engagement and collaboration. A major emphasis for the project is sustainability. The new SUB is targeting LEED Platinum and contains many innovative and ambitious sustainability strategies. Heating and cooling for the building will be provided by waste heat coming off the return condensate line from the campus’ steam district energy system. The green roof consists of a crop area whose produce will be used by the student run food services in the building. Rain water is being collected and will provide all the water for irrigation and toilet flushing.