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Consortium designs Emily Carr University for fixed price

April 27, 2015   CCE

Artist's rendering of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver.  Image courtesy of Diamond Schmitt Architects.

Artist’s rendering of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver. Image courtesy of Diamond Schmitt Architects.

Groundbreaking occurred last week on a new campus for the famous Emily Carr University of Art and Design. The school, which was founded in 1925, has outgrown its existing campus on Granville Island, so is building a new, larger building on the Great Northern Way Campus east of False Creek.

The Great Northern Way Campus is an 18-acre site that is being developed jointly by the Emily Carr University, with the University of B.C., Simon Fraser University and the B.C. Institute of Technology.

The new Emily Carr University building is being designed for LEED Gold certification and is budgeted to cost $123 million. The building will have student common areas in open atriums with abundant glass, and will incorporate state-of-the-art technology.

After a competitive selection process, a consortium known as Applied Arts Partners was selected in a fixed-price, performance-based agreement to design, build, partially finance and maintain the new university.

The design team includes Diamond Schmitt Architects; Chernoff Thompson Architects; Bush, Bohlmann (structural); Rocky Point Engineering (mechanical); MMM Group (electrical and sustainability); and Urban Systems (civil).

The Emily Carr University of Art and Design is one of only four post-secondary institutions in Canada that specializes in visual arts, media arts and design.

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