First People’s House

Victoria, British Columbia

Located on the University of Victoria Campus, this 12,500 SF multi-purpose education facility houses the Indigenous student services, faculty and counseling offices, an Elders lounge, study space and a stunning ceremonial space. The facility also includes numerous areas dedicated for the display of Native art and artifacts for all to enjoy.

The structure consists of traditional heavy timber frames, built of modern glue-laminated Douglas Fir beams and columns, with discreet and elegant tight-fit stainless pin connections. Small rigid glulam moment frames were used to frame the fully glazed central spine skylight without the need for culturally and architecturally awkward cross bracing. Load-bearing insulated rammed earth walls bookend the lower portion of the structure.

Client: University of Victoria
Architect: Alfred Waugh Architect
Completed: 2010

2010 WoodWorks Award, Western Red Cedar Non-Residential
2010 Western Red Cedar Association Architectural Design Award
2010 Victoria Commercial Building Awards, Best Community - Institutional
2011 Council of Educational Facility Planners International Award
LEED Gold Certified

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