UBC Buchanan Building Interior Alterations

UBC Life Sciences Centre NMR LaboratoryACAi Role
Architect and Prime Consultant

Buchanan Building
University of British Columbia

UBC Project Services

1,200 sf


Design Team
Art Cader Architect Inc.
BLC Engineering - Electrical

VPAC Construction

The interior alterations at the UBC Buchanan Building were completed in September 2013 and involved designing a dual-purpose computer lab for the Arts Faculty. The project consisted of reconfiguring 3 separate classrooms into one large area with a new operable acoustic dividing wall, giving flexibility to the space as two separate 20 seat classes with the operable wall extended or as one 40 seat class with the dividing wall stacked open. Coordination between the table layout and AV/IT upgrades was key to the successful completion of the project. Consideration was given to reusing the in-floor electrical infrastructure where possible. The resulting classroom environment integrates with the Faculty’s need for efficient flexible teaching space and demanding interactive AV needs.


The firm Art Cader Architect Incorporated is focused on providing simple, elegant and innovative design solutions for a wide variety of clients and project types.

Project experience includes institutional work in the university campus research and teaching environment, science and medical based laboratory alterations, healthcare feasibility studies, and single family housing.

As an overall philosophy, the merging of art and science through opportunities in architecture is a long term goal for the firm.

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- Campus Institutional Uses
- Science Research Facilities
- Healthcare
- Commercial + Office Uses
- Museum + Exhibition Spaces
- Residential
Interior Design
Feasibility Studies
Building Code Analysis
Site Analysis
Equipment Coordination
Field Services + Contract Administration
Art + Sculpture


Art Cader Architect Inc.
212-1807 Maritime Mews
Vancouver, BC V6H 3W7 Canada
Phone: 604-558-2782
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