Overview & Facts
Officially opened in 2005, Life Sciences Institute is the largest UBC research unit to be jointly governed by the Faculties of Medicine and Science. Home to more than 85 principal investigators and their research labs from 10 different departments across several faculties, the LSI comprises 25,000 sq. metres of interdisciplinary research space within the largest building on UBC campus – Life Sciences Centre.
The $125 million, 52,165 sq, metres building was built to accommodate the distributed medical educational program – which has nearly doubled the number of medical school graduate in the province to 224 , and the Life Sciences Institute. The Institute comprises 25,000 sq. metres of interdisciplinary research space, which enables more than 87 scientists and approximately 600 trainees and research staff to conduct innovative research in many areas of the life and biomedical sciences. The building is an integral part of our culture. World-renowned architectural firms Bunting Coady and Diamond Schmitt worked with MCW consultants to create an open laboratory facility. Labs clustered around similar research themes connected by shared equipment corridors and social interaction spaces, catalyze and complement the collaborative mission of LSI.
The UBC Life Sciences Centre (LSC) has been awarded the prestigious Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED ®) Gold certification by the United States Green Building Council for its innovative sustainability features.