Charles E. Fipke Centre for Innovative Research - Okanagan Campus

3247 University Way
Original construction October 2006 - November 24, 2008
Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning Ltd
$31.5 million
Sources of funds:
Charles Fipke donated $5 million for the development of the facility plus $2 million for equipment. $26.5 million from the B.C. Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development.
Architectural features:
6, 545 sq. metres (70, 000 square feet) of space for teaching and research. Includes a computer and teaching lab, a 300- seat theatre, classrooms and lecture theatres, wet and dry labs and 65 faculty offices. Geo-exchange technology, an emissions-reducing and costsaving system, heats and cools the facility. An environmentally sustainable design that meets LEED Platinum standards.
Name history:
Named after Charles Fipke, the Kelowna geologist, UBC BSc Hon. 1973.
Use history:
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
The Fipke Centre is the first new academic building to be erected as part of the UBC Okanagan Master plan.
The Fipke Centre received five Green Globes for the sustainable developments of the building and was the first laboratory building in Canada to achieve such a rating.
UBC Reports, UBC Public Affairs Okanagan

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