Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences

Edmonton, AB


Project Description

Location: University of Alberta Campus, Edmonton, AB

Size: 53,900 sq. m (580,000 sq. ft)

Green: Awarded LEED Silver

The intent behind this project was simple: create a world-class science research and teaching facility. Its architecture creates multiple potentials for the cross-pollination of ideas and disciplines. The facility houses offices, classrooms, laboratories, lecture theatres, and gathering spaces. Its location formally completes and defines the northern edge of the campus’s main outdoor quad.

The quality of the labs and amenities provided is a key factor in the University’s attraction and retention strategy to engage the world's best researchers and scientists to the University of Alberta.

CCIS has a clearly defined functional vision that turns programmatic complexity into clear ordering principles. Embodying its nature as a teaching and research facility dedicated to world class innovation, lab spaces are organized around a public atria to ignite interdisciplinary engagement.

Public art is weaved throughout the building with a stunning Terrazo Tile mosaic created by the artist Scott Parsons who received the 2011 Project of the Year Award by the Tile & Marble Association of Canada.


"That's what is truly remarkable about this building - it's about collaboration, the cross-fertilization of ideas that will happen here with some of the brightest scientific minds in the country and in the world, working together under one roof."   - Ed Stelmach, Former Premier of Alberta