UBC: Graduate Student Center/ Thea Koerner House
LOCATION: Vancouver, BC
YEAR: 1993 – 1999
VALUE: $4.5 million
In January 1992, UBC’s Campus Planning & Construction commissioned the COLBORNE ACHITECTURAL GROUP Pacific to conduct a feasibility study for relocation of The Faculty of Graduate Studies’ administrative offices to the existing 3 storey Graduate Student Centre. This entailed creation of 12,000 sq. ft. of multi-use areas within the previous food services facilities. The multi-phase project also included planning and renovation recommendations for an additional 12,000 sq. ft. of student offices and recreation space including 125 seat restaurant/bar, 100 seat student pub and 8,000 sq. ft. banquet hall. Final planning and design involved interior and building envelope upgrades for the c.1970 Graduate Student Centre and adjoining c.1961 Thea Koerner House, a ‘heritage modern’ Massey Medal award winner. Upgrades also included full seismic and accessibility improvements with new elevator and exterior ramps.