University of Northern British Columbia

Wayne Watson Construction has a long and valued relationship with the University of Northern British Columbia.(UNBC).
Our first project on site was the second student residence started in the spring of 1998 and the latest being the upgrade of UNBC’s
Power Plant, completed the summer of 2006.
To date we have completed 9 separate contracts for UNBC with a total value of more than $40,000,000.00. We are very proud of our history of doing work on this campus and look forward to continuing this relationship. See below for descriptions of the major projects we have completed for our friends at UNBC.

UNBC DTO/Teaching Lab Extension


UNBC Forestry Laboratory


Constructed during the 1999/2000 season at the UNBC main campus, this 8000? sq.ft. complex is a fully functional green house laboratory. Essentially two different buildings on one foundation, the green house is divided into four separate, climatic controlled laboratories. Each area is capable of simulating different climatic conditions, allowing researchers to concurrently conduct four separate and distinct experiments at one time. The building also houses a clean lab, soils lab, and a large instructional lab as well as smaller soil mixing, soil sterilizing and potting areas.The knowledge gained through research at this facility, will be an invaluable resource for foresters in the Central Interior of this province in determining the composition and management of our forests of today and our future.
UNBC Health Sciences


In March 2002, the government of BC announced its $134 million Life Sciences Initiative to address the shortage of medical doctors in British Columbia. This initiative included the construction of three new medical training facilities, one at UBC in Vancouver, one at UViC in Victoria, and the Dr Donald Rix Northern Health Sciences Building at UNBC. These facilities would utilize leading edge audio/visually linked learning, allowing instructors to teach and interact with students and faculty at all three locations, simultaneously.

UNBC’s 43,000 sq.ft., state-of-the-art building captures the essence of northern BC. by showcasing the use of wood in construction while utilizing leading edge technology in the delivery of the uniquely distributed program.. The buildings’ signature curved rooftop is a marvel of design and construction and visually distinguishes this structure from the rest of the campus.

Construction started in July 2003 and was completed on schedule for the start of classes, in Sept 2004.
UNBC Student Residence

Student Residence Building (2nd)

UNBC Teaching Laboratory


This new laboratory houses teaching labs, an expanded GIS lab for advancing technologies in satellite mapping, offices for science faculty, a chemical storage area, and instructional areas. This four storey, 65,000 sq.ft., concrete building is characterized by it’s full height glassed in staircase affording impressive views of the campus and the city of Prince George. The Bentley centre is primarily conference space and student commons areas, including a wide corridor which connects the new lab to the rest of the campus and is architecturally impressive on its own. The arched concrete beams running full length of this connecting structure along with the rest of the architectural concrete making up most of the finishes, leaves visitors with the feeling that this facility will be here for a very long time. The roof area of the Bentley Centre carries on the theme of the existing Agora roof, being finished with patio, grassed and gardens areas with little indication of the expansive structure below. This project broke ground in July 2001 and was ready to be occupied in Sept 2002