Located in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, BCIT Aerospace Technology Campus was designed by Kasian. The brief also outlined the need for a landmark gateway to the campus; a facility geared towards combining theory and hands-on learning, and towards attraction / retention of students and faculty staff. The client envisioned the creation of a “hanger-centric” sense of place designed to double student capacity, address ambient noise and deliver a world-class institution marking Vancouver as gateway to aerospace industry.
Classrooms, labs, workshops and hangar are inextricably linked, the gap between theory and practice eliminated and the potential for innovative / revolutionary changes in teaching techniques limitless. Students can dismantle an aircraft, study its components and build prototypes in one inspiring facility, absorbing knowledge and applying freshly acquired skills more quickly.