The UBC Okanagan Campus (UBCO) is proposing a new building, tentatively titled the Interdisciplinary Collaboration and Innovation (ICI) building, that will begin to address the critical space shortage on the Okanagan campus while facilitating world-leading, interdisciplinary/ transdisciplinary research and academic programming.
This new project will advance the mandate of UBCO as a partner in regional development and represents an important contribution towards reconciliation commitments made in 2019. The ICI building will be 13,564 gross square metres (146,000 gross square feet). The building will house approximately 62 research professors (half existing, half new) and 342 research graduate students and post-doctoral scholars. It will address approximately 34% of the campus’ current space shortfall, and is critical to supporting the research trajectory of the campus, where research income has increased 258 percent over the past five years. The space freed up by moving existing research groups into the new collaborative spaces will allow reuse of those areas to further address critical space shortages.
The ICI building will bring social sciences, natural sciences, humanities, creative fields and professional disciplines together to facilitate collaboration and enable breakthroughs to solve real world challenges. The building will be designed with maximum flexibility, providing shared and common infrastructure, enabling clusters of interdisciplinary research and teaching activity in areas that will include high value agriculture, health and data, with social and economic regional development and indigeneity as overarching themes.
The building will also include 100 and 200 seat lecture theatres serving the campus need for large teaching spaces. The 100 seat space will be circular, level, and designed to reflect and support indigenous learning on campus, including the new Bachelor of Nsyilxcn Language Fluency.
The building will target LEED Gold certification as a minimum, with a defined energy use intensity target as per UBC requirements.Given recent Board endorsement of the President’s Climate Emergency Declaration and sustainability priorities, staff will integrate the goal to reduce the carbon footprint of the building and its operation and to identify cost-effective measures that reduce both embodied and operational carbon through the design development process.