BCIT Gateway Project, Burnaby, BC

British Columbia Institute of Technology 

Architects: Hotson Bakker Boniface Haden Architects and Cornerstone Architecture associated architects (Andrew Larigakis role was as Project Architect for this project. He was involved from the early design phase through to completion of construction).


Cost: $32 M     Completed 2011


Entry area Photo by A. Larigakis


The BCIT Gateway Project was developed to give the diffuse Burnaby campus a central focal point and place of arrival.

A new wing was built onto the existing SW1 building and the space between the new and existing wings was enclosed to create a new atrium space. The building houses administrative offices, classrooms, project rooms, a cafe and a central gathering space. Shared spaces were developed to accommodate informal learning space for individuals and groups.

Sustainability was a major focus. The project is targeting LEED Gold and has been awarded a prestigious ASHRAE award for innovation. The Gateway project incorporates a double skin exterior to assist with both heating and cooling, employs carefully modelled daylighting for the central spaces, utilizes radiant heating and chilled beams which provide energy-efficient heating, cooling and fresh air.

This large and complex addition and renovation project was funded by government infrastructure and stimulus funding, and was designed and built as a fast-track project to a very aggressive timeline and tight budget. The project was completed on time and on budget in June of 2011.


Existing exterior courtyard became interior atrium. Photo – A. Larigakis