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University of British Columbia to Open Law Building in August

28 Jul 2011 (Last Updated July 28th, 2011 18:30)

University of British Columbia in Canada is expected to open a 13,191m² law building in August 2011, which is targeting LEED Gold certification. The $56m building has been designed in a joint venture between two architectural firms, Diamond and Schmitt Architects of Toronto and CEI Arch

University of British Columbia in Canada is expected to open a 13,191m² law building in August 2011, which is targeting LEED Gold certification.

The $56m building has been designed in a joint venture between two architectural firms, Diamond and Schmitt Architects of Toronto and CEI Architecture Planning Interiors of Vancouver, according to journalofcommerce.com.

The new building will operate as a law library, teaching facility and research lab. It will have meeting space and a venue for larger events.

The building includes compacting library shelving, which folds away when not in use, and a three-storey forum located in the centre of the building.

Green features expected to earn LEED points include shower facilities to encourage bicycle commuters, as well as use of concrete with a high fly-ash content within the structure and steel that is 95% derived from recycled products.