UBC Gateway

The new Gateway building at the University of British Columbia’s Point Grey campus entrance will reflect UBC’s reputation as a world-class university. The sustainable 25,000-square-metre health science academic and research building will transform the campus arrival experience for students, staff, and visitors. Targeting completion in 2024, the building will co-locate the School of Nursing, School of Kinesiology, Integrated Student Health Services, and Health and Language Sciences components.

Designed with a holistic approach to people and nature, the landscape surrounding the building was developed to enhance the local ecology. This extended nature landscape will be lined by significant trees and lush ground to offer respite and spiritual nourishment for all visitors. The gateway’s structure, made of exposed mass timber, will lower the project's embodied carbon and provide biophilic benefits to users.

Project photos and description courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects.

  • Project Location

    Vancouver, Canada

  • Building Type

    Commercial - Industrial

  • Square Feet


  • Mass Timber Scope

    Glulam Columns
    Glulam Beams

  • Sustainability

    North American forests grew this much wood in 647 seconds.

    This project kept 4951 metric tons of carbon from entering the atmosphere.

    This is the equivalent of keeping 1067 cars off the road or providing clean power to 963 houses for a year.

  • Vaagen Timbers Services

    Conceptual Estimating
    Conceptual Project Development
    Architectural Design and Project Support
    Manufacturing and Material Supply
    Construction and Installation Support
    Other Miscellaneous Services
    Glulam Beam and Column Manufacturing
    Mass Timber Milling / CNC Works
    Factory Applied Protective Coatings
    Mass Timber Hardware Connections Supply
    Hardware Installation
    Edge Chamfering / Detail Work

  • Construction Status

    Under Construction

  • Architect


  • Engineer


  • Contractor

    Urban One