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.