Breaks Ground Emily Carr University by Diamond Schmitt Architects and Chernoff Thompson Architects

Emily Carr University

Emily Carr University
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Designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects and Chernoff Thompson Architects of Applied Arts Partners, the new campus at Great Northern Way will accommodate 1,800 students and provide facilities that will attract students on the national and international levels. The final design will strongly correlate with its vision as a learning community devoted to excellence and innovation in visual arts, media arts and design.  “We are now building a bigger and better home for Emily Carr University of Art and Design,” said Wilkinson.

Emily Carr University
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“An important consideration in the design is the use of distinctive features to reflect the special character of Emily Carr University.” “With the exciting milestone today, we move another step closer toward the creation of a new campus at Great Northern Way,” said Dr. Ron Burnett, President + Vice Chancellor, Emily Carr University of Art and Design. “The new campus will be the beginning of a creative cultural precinct and a centre for 21st-century learning in art, design, media and applied research.” Design features will include: The entire campus will be outfitted with state-of-the-art technology that will allow for integrated displays for learning and interaction.

Emily Carr University
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Student common spaces will be open and flexible, encouraging exchange between interdisciplinary artistic practices and informal social gatherings enhancing overall university life. The abundant use of glass in open atriums and their proximity to the academic commons and library will encourage transparency and collaboration. Exteriors will also be outfitted with state-of-the art technology to allow for public programming and outdoor spaces to be illuminated, inviting in visitors and the public to engage and explore the new campus.
The new facility is designed to achieve LEED Gold Certification, and will comply with the Wood First Act.

Emily Carr University
Image © Diamond Schmitt Architects

The milestone today follows a competitive selection process that culminated in a fixed-price, performance-based agreement with Applied Arts Partners to design, build, partially finance and maintain the new university. Other operations on site include a mix of digital media companies and art galleries. The new Emily Carr University facility will continue and accelerate the growth of the campus into a high-profile district for the digital and creative sectors in Vancouver based around synergies between on-site business and higher education. The new campus, expected to be completed in autumn 2017. Source by Diamond Schmitt Architects.

Emily Carr University
Image © Diamond Schmitt Architects

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Architects: Diamond Schmitt Architects, Chernoff Thompson Architects
Client: Emily Carr University of Art and Design
Construction: EllisDon Corporation
Structural: Bush, Bohlman and Partners
Electrical: MMM Group Limited
Mechanical: Rocky Point Engineering Ltd.
Civil: Urban Systems
Landscape: ETA Landscape Architecture
Code: Gage-Babcock & Associated Ltd.
AV: Acumen Engineering
Year: 2017
Images: Courtesy of Diamond Schmitt Architects

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