b'COVER STORY Photo credit: Riley Snelling, Moriyama & Teshima ArchitectsTHE COMMONSAT UBC OKANAGAN BY WARREN HEELEYBUILDING FOR TODAYS TEACHING ENVIRONMENT The building is three stories, and its footprint is more than 6,600 square metres. The educational showpiece of he Commons building on theas UBCO continues to grow and evolve,the building is a 400-seat classroom T campus of the University ofplanners embraced the opportunity towith an eight-metre ceiling that British Columbia Okanaganpush innovation even further with extends up two floors. The building (UBCO) in Kelowna isThe Commons. also includes multi-size collaborative designed and constructed for teachingstudy areas, a digital technology centre in the 21st century. Called a high- Dave Waldron, UBCOs Director ofand a visualization lab to facilitate data tech wonder, the design and featuresCampus Planning and Development,modelling research in fields such as of the building respond to feedbacksays, The Commons was designed withadvanced manufacturing and health and from UBCO students on the type ofa high commitment to the success of thedata science.environment that would optimize theirstudents. It is unique at the university studies at the university. Opened inand will probably set a new direction forKen White of Sawchuk Developments January of 2019, the building has beenlearning spaces at UBCO. Co. Ltd., the construction manager a huge success for both students and for the project, says, We are very the public. The design for the Commons waspleased and fortunate to have worked Traditional learning environmentsbased on three distinct principles: aonce again with UBCO on this very constructed at universities over theserious under capacity of study space forinteresting and impressive building decades are becoming outdated forstudents on the campus, the need for aproject. To work on a project with such students growing up with smartphones,larger classroom because of expandingoutstanding architectural design as the virtual reality and social media. Many ofenrolment and accommodation ofCommons building, with all of the UBCOs academic buildings have beennew learning approaches that involveddiverse functions and spaces, was a great completed within the past decade, andactive learning. and satisfying opportunity.44 SOUTHERN INTERIOR CONSTRUCTION ASSOCIATION'