UBC Okanagan Fitness & Wellness Centre


Also known as the Hangar, this 8,800 SF LEED Gold facility is a two-storey addition linked to an existing gymnasium next door. The addition contains a cardio area, weights and strength training area, various studios, and a sports medicine clinic. The building's sliding roof takes the form of an airplane wing, with its curved edge turning down to meet the inclined glass façade. This glazing helps connect the interior to stunning views of the Okanagan landscape beyond. Both throughout the interior and exterior, the Hangar's aeronautic and athletic themes become apparent.

Delivered as a design-build project, Kindred developed a method to turn prefabricated panels into a tilt-up system, drastically reducing the installation schedule. The project also incorporated innovative jointing and detailing techniques to create a lightweight and efficient structure.

At the time of construction, this was the largest CLT structure in BC and was the first building to use CLT beam construction. For the innovative use of local wood, this project won the BC Wood Design Award for Institutional Projects.

Client: UBC Properties Trust
Architect: McFarland Marceau Architects Ltd.
Sector: Sports + Recreation
Construction Method: Mass Timber
Scope: New Build
Size: 8,800 SF
Completion Status: Completed
Year Completed: 2013
Location: Interior