BCIT Health Sciences Centre


Completed in March 2022, the new state-of-the-art 106,000 sq. ft., net zero carbon emission building included spaces for simulation labs, classrooms, offices, multi-purpose rooms, electronic health recording stations, and common gathering areas. Base building services for the facility include 25kV incoming services, power distribution, interior and exterior lighting, Fire Alarm, security, communications, and grounding.

From the project’s onset, Canem recognized the importance of effective collaboration and coordination to achieve our shared goal. To facilitate this, we implemented daily huddles with the General Contractor and major sub-trades, allowing us to synchronize schedules and optimize workflows. Through this concerted effort, all trades worked together seamlessly, functioning as a cohesive team dedicated to delivering a successful outcome.

Our team implemented innovative cost control management and value engineering strategies throughout the project, resulting in significant cost savings for the owner. For instance, we proposed wireless fixtures with built-in sensors, which translated into a $25,000 savings for the project. This solution not only allowed for quicker and cleaner installations but also offered BCIT the flexibility to reconfigure spaces in the future.

Canem enhanced the aesthetic appeal by installing custom integrated lighting in the wooden handrails at the BCIT Health Sciences Centre. Also, over 120 USB receptacles, and 70 recessed linear lights cast in concrete for the social and gathering stairs were installed.

BIM/VDC played a pivotal role in the success of this project, allowing our team to identify and mitigate critical clashes and constructability issues proactively. For example, we utilized BIM to coordinate the installation of a 24” Ladder Tray in a highly congested hallway, enabling us to optimize the use of space without compromising functionality. Additionally, during the process, we discovered that the clearance above the bulkhead around the elevator shaft was inadequate to accommodate the specified light fixture. Thanks to BIM, we were able to identify this issue early on and revised the depth of the fixture at no additional cost to the owner. BIM was also instrumental in ensuring precise wall rough-ins for labs and patient headboards, which required highly accurate location placements. Overall, the use of BIM/VDC proved to be a valuable tool in enhancing coordination, identifying potential issues before they could impact the project, and ultimately delivering a successful outcome.

Project Detail

Completion Date:



British Columbia Institute of Technology

Contract Type:

Fast-Tracked Lum Sum



Burnaby, British Columbia