The Beaty Biodiversity Centre Addition

The Beaty Biodiversity Museum and Biodiversity Research Centre is a one-of-a-kind landmark that accommodates teaching, learning, and research spaces, as well as houses natural science exhibitions. Rapidly expanding through the launch of new programs, space at Beaty is becoming limited.

UBC turned to UBC Properties to manage the development of a new addition containing laboratories, offices, community and research spaces, and a fossil repository to support the Beaty Museum and Research Centre.

With the site situated in the middle of campus, minimizing construction impact on UBC campus was a top priority, especially since the Beaty Biodiversity Museum will remain open during construction.

Massing is another challenge we needed to tackle alongside Public Architects, with 35% more space added on only 15% of the overall area.

Situated next to Fairview Grove set back from Main Mall, the 6-storey addition to the Beaty Biodiversity Museum has gone through extensive planning and design to minimize tree loss, and an innovative solution was created: the Central Connector project. It acts as a platform for related projects on Wesbrook Mall & Lower Mall that support ecology, integrated systems, inclusion, and a reinforced Musqueam presence.