Project Description

Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health at UBC

The Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health (CBH) at UBC’s Point Grey Campus is a new 6-storey facility including outpatient clinical areas, lecture theatres, teaching and research labs, and academic offices.

Uniting psychiatry, neurology and neuroscience, the Centre is revolutionizing brain health by bringing together research and care, analyzing all areas of brain health under one roof. This high-tech facility not only incorporates clinics for multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s, depression and other brain disorders, it also houses hundreds of scientists and health-care professionals who will treat and pioneer new treatments and cures for patients affected by brain diseases and injury. It is also a teaching centre used by hundreds of UBC faculty of medicine students who have access to state-of-the-art facilities and the ability to learn from leaders in the field.

This large, complex high performance institutional building is targeting LEED Gold certification. With a focus on reduced energy consumption and water conservation, sustainable strategies at the CBH include a low temperature (hydronic) heating system, heat recovery through laboratory exhaust, low-flow plumbing fixtures and Thermenex. (Thermenex is a pipe with a thermal gradient with control valves that functions as a hub for the efficient management of heat. It is a custom built thermal heat exchange hub that dynamically manages the movement of heat to where it is required.

More recently (2016) UBC has retained AME as mechanical consultant for the new Multimodal Neuroimaging Centre proposed for the North basement of the CBH. The project will provide a modern, consolidated home for potentially transformative and innovative aspects of imaging research and technology into brain injury and diseases.