CLIENT Bow Valley College
LOCATION Calgary, AB
The South Campus expansion at Bow Valley College (BVC) is an important catalyst for the redevelopment of an entire downtown city block. The new building is comprised of seven storeys on an ‘L’ shaped site connecting to a development on the west side of the block (known as Block 40). This expansion doubled the College's seating capacity to 6,300.
The South Campus is a functional space designed across seven storeys, with three levels of underground parkade. In addition to new classrooms, laboratories and specialized learning centres, the facility houses administrative areas, food service facilities, a bookstore, a multi-faith centre, an Aboriginal Centre and a roof garden on the fourth level.
The aesthetics of the design incorporate a number of decorative patterns that were inspired by cultures from across the globe, including Alberta's First Nations. The motifs repeat throughout the building as wall coverings, ceiling panels and most prominently in the glazed features throughout the building's facades. Water and energy efficiencies were incorporated into design as well.