The proposed Gateway Building (official name to be determined) will co-locate the School of Nursing (Faculty of Applied Science), School of Kinesiology (Faculty of Education), Integrated Student Health Services (Office of the Vice-President, Students) and components of UBC Health together in a building that will facilitate inter-program interaction and synergies and contribute to students’ health and wellbeing and to the continued advancement and growth of the two Schools nationally and globally.
The project will support teaching, learning, health promotion, inter-professional health education, community engagement, and research mandates in community health, active living, healthcare delivery, and health sciences. It will create opportunities for community engagement with students, staff, faculty and the broader UBC community through programming for health promotion and wellbeing (outreach).
The project will also provide general teaching space that includes four large lecture theatres to help address UBC’s challenges with scheduling large classes. New high-fidelity simulation labs will be included in the School of Nursing teaching space. In addition, a Team-Based Primary Care Inter-professional Teaching Clinic Prototype is programmed. This clinic, coordinated by UBC Health, will serve an important function in collaborative health education, with the classrooms and research labs, in augmenting the project’s collaborative space by facilitating inter-professional clinical teaching. Students across the health disciplines will have the opportunity to function in inter-professional teams and will be better equipped to carry the requisite knowledge, skills, and values into their future practice of collaborative, inter-professional, team-based patient care. Finally, the new facility will accommodate faculty growth that will contribute to the Academic Renewal Program. The functional program includes space for 22 new faculty positions (17 Nursing and 5 Kinesiology) plus associated graduate students and support staff.
The proposed new project will be located at the NW corner of University Boulevard and Wesbrook Mall. As the principal point of entry and historical arrival route to UBC, the building will play a critical role in creating an academic gateway experience and is an opportunity to express the university’s identity and values. The building will be a welcoming academic gateway to campus, and signify a world class university; it will be built to superior architectural, urban design, and sustainability standards with a focus on well-being. The building will support a positive and memorable arrival experience for pedestrians, cyclists, transit users and drivers, serving the anticipated high volume of both UBC and non-UBC visitors that will be generated by the building functions. Finally, at this important entry to campus, the building and adjacent public realm will express UBC’s commitment to our important relationship with the Musqueam people, on whose traditional, ancestral and unceded territory UBC Vancouver is situated.