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VCC Computer Labs


Vancouver School District


Vancouver, BC




326 sm (3,509 sf)

Vancouver Community College’s new and upcoming computer technology program required a high tech and flexible learning space.  The design development was an exploratory effort, including stakeholders, Facilities, IT, A/V and department heads.  The renovation area, located in the lower level of the downtown campus, was challenged by the lack of exterior windows, as well as being close to noisy mechanical equipment.  DA provided a flexible high-tech learning environment that was desirable, lively and comfortable.

The result is a new concept space that is comprised of extensive glass writing surfaces, in-floor and in-wall power and data throughout, high NRC ceilings and acoustical separations, as well as a complete LED lighting upgrade.  The design challenges traditional classroom design with its functional glazed teaching walls. These offer an expansive opaque glass writing surface with power and data along the base for mobile large format screens. Equally important, they provide light transfer and connection to adjacent brightly lit common areas enhancing the learning environment.

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Interior view of lounge space with flexible seating and feature lighting.

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A flexible outside of staff offices create a lounge for students waiting.

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A glazed teaching wall offers transparency and functionality, while creating visual connections between the common areas and the classroom.

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Interior view of classroom with the LED upgrade.

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Concealed data and connections under desk reduce hazards while creating a neat and organized workspace for students in the computer labs.