JDa has designed over 55,000 sf of space for secondary institutions throughout British Columbia consisting of various program, student spaces, meeting rooms, flex space, lounges, lunch rooms, labs, washrooms, storage rooms, and more. These projects include renovations, additions, new stand-alone buildings, and feasibility studies and some of which combine extremely complex functional programs with unique architectural solutions. Click below pictures to learn more.
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Postgraduate Study Space
Lab Addition & Northwest Façade
Entry at Dusk
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Project UBC Coal Mining and Processing Laboratory Keevil BuildingLocation University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC Size 6,500 sf Date Completed August 2011
This small building addition clad in zinc shingled tiles was envisioned as subtle silver sliver juxtaposed with the large metal clad facade of the Coal Mining and Processing Laboratory. It not only contrasts the existing rock crushing lab in delicacy, colour, material and transparency but also in program providing the mining institute with study space, and faculty offices. In addition, the building serves as a connecting threshold, linking the sloping topography of the site with the existing floors of the lab building. By providing an elevated walkway on the east and a series of concrete entry stairs on the west this building adds to the network of pedestrian pathways so important on this campus.
Two-storey Gathering Place
Public Art Wall & Precast Concrete Stair Detail
View from Mezzanine
Lower Level Study Space
Lower Level Study Space
Building at Dusk
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Project Abdul Ladha Science Student CentreLocation University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC Size 7,200 sf Sustainability LEED Shadow
This “infill” project sited between two well established buildings on the university campus took the place of a relatively unused and forgotten courtyard. Important to the carefully planned siting, was the continuation of the pedestrian flow through the site which helped contribute to the informal pathway system on campus. This unique building is one of only a handful of independent student society buildings on campus and serves to provide the faculty of science with much needed student study and multifunctional gathering spaces. The design team worked closely with the science undergraduate society and the user committee to develop the flexible space program by incorporating both sustainability and public art throughout.
Courtyard Comments Board
Favourite Place on Campus Board
Space Program Board
Surrounding Views Analysis
Site Aerial Use and Views
Site Aerial Access
Sun Path Study
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Project Engineering Undergraduate Society Siting StudiesLocation University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC Size 9,800 sf
The replacement of the “cheese”, home of engineering student activity for the past 40 + years, was a challenging puzzle requiring an open dialogue between students, alumni, and designers. This was accomplished through a series of design charrettes and subsequent siting studies which tested the future space program on the chosen site. As the selected site was a courtyard surrounded on four sides by existing buildings, there were many design discussions especially around pedestrian movement, connection and the possible spatial relationship to the neighbouring buildings. The resulting siting studies looked at a variety of options for students and faculty to consider in the upcoming stages of the project.