British Columbia Institute of Technology Health Sciences Centre


Client: British Columbia Institute of Technology

The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) Health Sciences Centre (HSC) unites 32 programs in one of the largest health science education centres in North America. The 9,850 m2 facility creates a physical manifestation of interprofessional education. 

Stantec’s “four-corner” design features four façades, each positioned as an entrance that immediately orients visitors to the main circulation, the Commons. The design story moves users from earthy terracotta tones on the first floor, transitioning to the blue sky on the fourth floor. The impressive four-storey mural created by Chase Gray, Musqueam and Tsimshian artist, captures this in his connection between nature and the city.

The Commons is composed of three bleacher-style staircases connected to the Amphitheatre, Study, and Garden. These spaces support various formal and informal learning typologies and experiences. Within this are spaces that support extensive simulations mimicking a wide variety of healthcare settings, including an operation/trauma room, intensive care units (ICU), neonatal intensive care units (NICU), clinic spaces, home care with associated medical equipment, and VR/AR simulation space. The Simulation Centre prepares students for technical, real-world circumstances while The Commons allows for social connectivity and theoretical exploration.

Stantec’s design balances the wellbeing of people, building efficiency, and the environment as a holistic approach to sustainability. As such, the HSC is WELL™ Gold pre-certified, Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility™ Gold certified, low-carbon, and fully electrified. Every detail is designed to support health and wellness while providing equal accessibility for all users in an energy efficient, low-carbon emission building.

The Construction Management delivery model allowed for efficient and effective collaboration between BCIT, Stantec, and subconsultants. This was especially vital in keeping the project on schedule and within budget while navigating material shortages due to COVID-19 and the 2021 BC floods. With open communication and collaboration, Stantec maintained design integrity through multiple design revisions.