University of Victoria Administrative Services Building

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The campus connector.

The objective of the Administrative Services Building was to design a facility that would bring the executives of the University of Victoria and several heads of departments together in a highly sustainable office building that suited the current and future vision of the campus. The views of the many high-level stakeholders were addressed during a charrette process that took place over several days, leading to a workable design concept that enjoyed strong support from all contributors.

The building’s massing has two distinct wings, the Administrative Wing to the west and the Executive Wing to the east, which are oriented in harmony with the two campus planning axes and united by a bright, two-storey entry galleria, providing a forum for connection and communication.

The design consists of a concrete base, lifted and separated by a band of glazing, and topped by a hovering shape that plays on the concept of suspended weight. This promotes ground-level pedestrian flow under the 15-foot inset along the perimeter of the building. A wood and steel flying canopy provides a feeling of lift and dramatically identifies the entry. The facility, which obtained LEED Gold in 2011, integrates into the character of the campus, while providing a bright, comfortable and sustainable home for university executives.

Project Cost

$12,500,000

Size

43,000 sq ft

Completion

Oct 2008

Sustainable Features

  • LEED Gold
  • A glass atrium brings in natural light
  • Toilet fixtures contain recycled water from the University’s aquatic research facility
  • Natural ventilation and sunshades eliminate the need for air conditioning
  • Waste management plan diverts 96% of construction waste from landfills

Awards

Award of Merit, 2009

Victoria Real Estate Board

“CEI has shown significant responsiveness, communication and leadership skills, working well with the many competing interests of the users and executives.”

Gerald A. Robson, P.Eng.

Executive Director
Facilities Management, UVic

Client

University of Victoria

Location

Victoria, B.C.

Category

Education, Office & Commercial