The UBC Life Sciences Centre provides a variety of teaching and research facilities for the study of life sciences as well as medical student training at the university. The facility focuses on research including anatomy, biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, medical genetics, and bio-informatics.
Flexible wet and dry research lab modules and associated support spaces are distributed along three wings each five storeys high and connected by two full height atria. Large auditoria, classrooms and specialized teaching spaces front the main east-west colonnade at grade. The east atrium is defined by a café and food services area and provides an informal assembly hall. The west atrium has study tables and modulated lighting to create a quiet reading room.
The building is LEED Gold certified, one of very few research labs in North America.