The design for the Pharmaceutical Sciences / CDRD Building reflects the faculty’s world-class researchers and UBC’s status as an internationally recognized institution in scientific endeavors. A state-of-the-art facility, the new project houses both the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences and the University’s Centre for Drug Research and Development. Since architecture can, perhaps more than ever, give an international presence to a university or even departments within an institution, the design is aimed at playing a significant role in attracting and retaining the best in the scientific community from around the world. Critical to the design is the ability to go beyond the norm to thoroughly promote enjoyable, livable, and sustainable spaces for research and learning. Its architectural expression gives the building a striking presence on campus, and when coupled with the project’s technological functionality, the facility becomes a new, cutting-edge part of the UBC landscape.
Situated on the corner of Wesbrook Mall and Agronomy Road, the new building is located in the heart of UBC’s campus. The site consists of a 20,240 square meter parcel of land, immediately north of the UBC Thunderbird Parkade, a site restricted to a maximum buildable height of 5 to 6 stories above grade, plus a basement. At this strategic location, the new building becomes an important landmark for the south-eastern edge of the campus core. Functioning architecturally as an active gateway, or entry point, into the academic core, the building engages the community with a ground floor that is transparent, inviting, and one that will at the public level openly showcase the research taking place within. Adjacent to the site are the University Endowment Lands/UBC residential communities on the East of Wesbrook, the Life Sciences Building to the North of Agronomy Road, and “Agronomy Knoll,” a large, open space to the west. This public plaza terminates the mid-block greenway that connects the southern part of campus, through UBC’s athletic facilities, to the Health Science Precinct.
The new building is made to measure for UBC and its Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, and the architects and client have worked hand in hand in order to properly represent the academic and scientific excellence for which UBC has become renowned. The new Pharmaceutical Sciences Building becomes a notable building for the entire city and region — one filled with inventive and innovative ideas. To successfully contribute to UBC’s legacy of architecture and pharmaceutical research, the design was intended to produce a signature building that would become the standard by which future education and high-level research buildings will be measured — both in Canada and abroad. The building creates spaces for the exchange of ideas and research — for both intellectual and social interaction. The project’s unconventional layout affords students and researchers opportunities that traditional university buildings have not. By means of the careful implementation of programmed and public spaces, students and faculty are able to work both collaboratively and independently as they study, conduct research, or carry out experiments. Just as it will become a vibrant node of the sciences and new technology, the building has takes into consideration the current and future needs of the University’s Pharmaceutical program. In this way, the exchange of knowledge is the principal factor behind the design of the new building and is the catalyst for its unique architectural form.
Inland Glass & Aluminum Ltd’s performed the glass & glazing of the exterior envelope, doors, unitized curtain wall, and stick build portion of the podium. The exterior envelope consisted of custom design unitized curtain wall comprised of custom aluminum extrusions in the construction of the frames with Viracon glass and custom vents to achieve the specifications, design and performance as requested by Saucier & Perrotte Architectes. To create the unique design Inland Glass worked with the assembled design team to perform the BIM modelling, fully integrated design and engineered building envelope.
Pharmaceutical Sciences Building - University of British Columbia
The Story of Medicines features six interpretive exhibits that explore the world of pharmacy within an interpretive center at the University of British Columbia’s Pharmaceutical Sciences building. In addition to creating a fun, engaging, and immersive space, the goals of the interpretive centre were also to educate the public about pharmacy, create a destination for the school community, facilitate networking, and recruit students to the Pharmaceutical Sciences department.
The Impact Media Wall, a 26 x 7 foot dynamic projection wall, entices visitors from the front door and hooks their interest with tidbits of regularly updated information about the world of pharmacy. If visitors are curious to learn more, they head up to the heart of the experience in the mezzanine where the back wall features two 5 x 7 foot multi-touch screens. Displaying stunning life-size imagery, The Journey of a Drug exhibit vibrantly illustrates how specific medicines work within the human body. The Role of Pharmacy showcases the significant contributors to pharmacy and the various roles they play in the industry. Between the two touch walls, The Life of a Drug exhibit educates visitors at an interactive touch table featuring a timeline of the history of six drugs that changed the world, from penicillin to birth control.
Two exhibits focus on connecting the school with the community. The Alumni Yearbook is a digital twist on the typical wall of class photos or printed yearbook: visitors can explore alumni year by year, search for specific graduates, explore an interactive map of ‘where are they now?’, and even add their own stories. Visitors can also share their experience with friends and family via the Social Media Kiosk.
• One 26’ x 7’ projection wall
• Two 5’ x 7’ multi-touch walls
• One 55” touch table
• One wall-mounted 55” touch screen
• One 19” touch screen