Langara College is entering the second phase of its 25-year master plan to upgrade and expand the campus – the construction of a new building for sciences and student services.
The new building will add 12,039 square metres (129,587 square feet) of much needed space to the College’s main campus on 100 West 49th Avenue in Vancouver. It will house state-of-the-art biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, nursing, and computing science labs, as well as lecture halls and multi-purpose classroom spaces. The new construction will also provide a home for new students services facilities and offices.
“We’re really excited to be starting this new phase of the master plan,” said College President Roy Daykin. “It is the first step towards making sure that we can upgrade our main teaching facilities without significantly disrupting students and classes.”
The construction of the new building is Phase II of the College’s 25-year, four-phase master plan to meet the growing needs of the community by expanding the campus and upgrading the existing infrastructure. It follows the 2009 completion of two LEED Gold-certified structures – Langara’s new library and students’ union buildings.
Phases III and IV of the master plan include construction of a new building for the creative arts and the renovation of A Building – the College’s main teaching facility – to meet current building standards. Phase II of the master plan is self-funded.
“Langara is currently operating at 107 per cent of the Ministry’s enrolment targets,” said Anne Lippert, Chair of the Langara Board of Governors. “It’s great to see the Sciences and Student Services Building project moving forward, as it will ensure that the College continues to deliver the highest quality of education and services to our students.”
About Langara College’s 25-year Master Plan
2004 – Langara College proposed campus expansion and commenced public planning program with the City of Vancouver to develop a policy statement
2005 – Langara College Policy Statement adopted by the City of Vancouver to guide future development of new buildings – the master plan.
2007-2009 – Phase I – Construction of new Library and Students’ Union buildings completed
2009 – Teeple/Proscenium Architects win bid for schematic designs of Phases II and III of Master Plan
2012 – City of Vancouver approves revised text amendments to the master plan to develop northwest corner of campus to house a Sciences and Student Services Building
2013 – New Science and Student Service Building project begins