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Sauder School of Business, Vancouver, Canada

Thursday 04 Aug 2011

The Business of Learning

Nic Lehoux 
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An A+ Facility Upgrade 

The new $80m renewal and expansion of the Sauder School of Business includes the insertion of a five level addition and sky-lit atrium on the west side of the existing classroom block. The atrium links the addition to the existing building to bring order to the complex through the creation of a focal circulation spine located at the heart of the School.

The new addition accommodates a variety of state-of-the-art lecture theatres, breakout rooms, undergraduate centre, student social space, and learning commons. The lobed-roof form of the leadership centre articulates state-of-the-art, twinned, tiered lecture theatres. The renovated and revitalised ground floor incorporates new graduate and business career centres that are linked with lounge areas, informal study spaces, a café and student store.

The building utilises a campus-wide steam system for heat energy. In particular, the lecture theatres have heating and humidification systems that rely on the waste steam from the campus heating plant. Part of the building cooling is provided by a steam absorption chiller that also operates on waste steam from the plant. As a result, all heating and humidification energy, and some cooling energy, for much of the building uses scavenged energy.

A new glazed facade wraps the east and south elevations of the existing complex to unify the assemblage of disparate additions that had taken place over the past fifty years. To achieve a bold, innovative identity for the Sauder School of Business, the new facade embeds and reflects the rhythm, cadence and pattern language associated with the universal transfer of digital commerce and business information - a barcode.

The naturally day-lit interior is further animated by means of a fully integrated wayfinding and donor recognition program that features images of international stock exchanges, forest scenes, and large scale portraits of those who made significant financial contributions to the project. These images blend and merge people, place, business and commerce through the use of international currency symbols that are used as the pixels that define the images.

The Sauder School of Business project has received to date a Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia Award in Architecture (2011), a Sustainable Architecture & Building Canadian Green Building Award (2010) and a Canadian Interiors Best of Canada Design Award (2010).

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Acton Ostry Architects

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