This project is a major renewal of the MacLeod Building, home to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). The project is the most comprehensive renewal at UBC to date and will include full demolition and replacement of the existing envelope, interior layout and finishes, and mechanical and electrical systems, and significant upgrades to the structure in alignment with UBC’s priorities for seismic resilience. The design is geared toward actively supporting ECE and the Faculty of Applied Science’s research, collaboration and pedagogical priorities, while maintaining a dynamic yet respectful public expression befitting the building’s place on the Main Mall. The project will be certified LEED Gold, with energy targets commensurate with new-build lab buildings.
The project will house a variety of teaching spaces, including various configurations of teaching labs and a variety of classrooms serving both ECE and UBC’s wider Learning Spaces pool. Active learning classrooms (ALCs), makerspaces and meeting spaces will support ECE’s Capstone programs, industry collaboration and student design teams. The building houses research offices and labs for several research clusters, various administrative and support offices, as well as major faculty workshop spaces. A key design driver is to put the activity of the facility on display, prioritizing transparency and animation, and maximizing opportunities for social and academic interaction by providing a variety of informal study spaces.