Completed earlier this year, the UBC MacLeod Engineering Building is a major renewal project home to UBC’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and an important component of the university’s Engineering Precinct. The project is the most comprehensive renewal at UBC to date and includes replacement of the existing envelope, interior layout and finishes, mechanical and electrical systems, and significant upgrades to the structure in alignment with UBC’s priorities for seismic resilience.
The UBC MacLeod Engineering Building Renewal houses a variety of teaching spaces, including various configurations of teaching labs and a variety of classrooms. Active learning classrooms (ALCs), makerspaces and meeting spaces will support the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineer’s Capstone programs, industry collaboration and student design teams. Learning begins from the moment of arrival and occurs throughout the facility.
The design of the UBC MacLeod Engineering Building Renewal is geared toward supporting the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, 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. This LEED Gold registered project has energy targets commensurate with new-build lab buildings, and its low-energy and low carbon targets are met through a combination of an innovative DOAS mechanical system, a high efficiency building envelope, and solar shading.