UBC Undergrad Life Sciences Teaching Labs


HDR | CEI, in association with Diamond Schmitt Architects, is designing the new UBC Undergraduate Life Sciences Teaching Labs project. The objective of the $51.8 million project is to renew the Biological Sciences complex located at the heart of UBC’s Vancouver campus, creating a state-of-the-art laboratory and new learning spaces to support the school’s research goals.

The project includes demolishing the existing Centre Wing, renovating the existing North Wing, and adding a new East Wing. The new East Wing completes a quadrangle of buildings within the complex and creates a new and expanded courtyard at the heart of the Bioscience Complex. It also provides a consolidated home for undergraduate students and teaching faculty in Biology, Microbiology and Immunology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Cellular and Physiological Sciences, and offers new facilities to replace aging administrative and storage spaces for Botany and Zoology.

The news spaces include teaching laboratories; support spaces (such as preparation rooms and environment chambers); plant and specimen collection areas; instructors’ and student association offices; lecture theatre and classrooms and more.

The total area for the new spaces, including rooftop research and teaching greenhouse space, is approximately 175,000 gross square feet. The project builds on the successful renewal of the Biological Sciences West and South Wings completed in 2011, as part of the Knowledge Infrastructure Program funded by the Federal and Provincial governments.

Project Cost



175,000 sq ft


February 2019

Sustainable Features

  • The project is being designed to LEED Gold certification standards


University of British Columbia


Vancouver, BC


Science & Technology