The University of British Columbia opened Allard Hall today, Canada’s first new university law school building in 30 years.
The opening ceremony was attended by several hundred guests, including the Right Hon. Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada (a UBC Law faculty member from 1974-1981), the Hon. Steven L. Point, Lieutenant Governor of B.C. (alumnus and former faculty member), Peter A. Allard (alumnus) and representatives from the Law Foundation of B.C. and Musqueam Indian Band.
The four-storey, 141,000 square foot building was named after donor and alumnus Peter A. Allard.
The building, designed by CEI Architecture and Diamond and Schmitt Architects, includes flexible, modern teaching spaces, a replica courtroom and dedicated spaces for the faculty’s nearly 650 students, 45 full-time faculty, plus alumni and guests.
A three-storey multipurpose forum with floor-to-ceiling windows converts from a social area to an auditorium for special events and lectures. Designed and built to LEED Gold standards, Allard Hall’s carbon footprint is estimated to be as much as 87 percent less than that of an equivalent conventional building.
For more coverage, see the story in the Vancouver Sun.