The DjavafMowafaghian Centre for Brain Health is designed to be a translational research facility defined by present and future medical practices that interact and collaborate under both patient care and research. The facility, to be located at the University of British Columbia (UBC), located in Vancouver, BC, Canada, is designed by Stantec, who aimed to consider all of the spatial dynamics of the building and be able to coordinate interaction between the centre’s researchers and clinicians. The DjavadMowafaghian is 134,500 square feet facility that and includes exam/consultation rooms, patient and animal MRI capabilities, a brain tissue and DNA bank of samples collected from consenting patients, lab benches, and a full conference centre.
Stantec is also addressing methods to promote sustainable measures in the design of the DjavafMowafaghian Centre for Brain Health. The strategies include, but are not limited to:
- Landscaping that targets stormwater management with green roofs, plantings, reflective and permeable surfaces,
- Open spaces that use and promote native and adaptive plants for biodiversity means.
- High efficiency boilers and air to water heat-pumps that use heat recovery systems.
- Increasing the insulation of high performance glazing and shading systems that manage peak loads (mainly depending on the orientation of the facade).
- Decreasing the lighting power density and maximize lighting efficiency by utilizing motion, sound, daylight and occupancy sensors.
- Taking part of waste management and on-site recycling while the building is under construction, use low-VOC materials with high recycled content.
- Promote education, water reuse strategies, and energy reuse from the existing buildings in the neighborhood.
Is that two “How I Met Your Mother’ references in two weeks? Yes, yes, it is.