Applied Arts Team Selected for Emily Carr Great Northern Way Campus Project

November 3, 2014

Applied Arts Team and its design partners, including Chernoff Thompson Architects and Diamond Schmitt Architects Inc., have been selected as the preferred proponent that will enter into final negotiations with Emily Carr University of Art + Design to deliver the project. This follows an extensive evaluation of proponent teams that were shortlisted and invited to submit proposals to design, build, finance and maintain the new campus.


“It is great to see that a new, state-of-the-art campus for Emily Carr University is one step closer to becoming a reality,” said Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk. “The university is internationally renowned for its contributions to the creative sector, and the world-class new campus at Great Northern Way will enable its graduates to continue to make major contributions to this important part of British Columbia's economy.”


Emily Carr has outgrown its current Granville Island campus due to increased student demand and the need to accommodate current and emerging program areas. The new campus will accommodate more than 1,800 students and provide state-of-the-art facilities that will attract national and international students and enhance B.C.’s reputation for world-class post- secondary education.


The capital cost of the project is budgeted at up to $134 million, including a provincial investment of up to $113 million dollars, with the remainder to be raised through the university's current capital campaign THE BIG IDEA.


Construction on the project is anticipated to begin in spring 2015, and the new campus is expected to be complete in 2017, creating an estimated 1,500 jobs during construction.


Members of Applied Arts Partners include:


Co-Consortium Leads:

  • Brookfield Financial Corp
  • EllisDon Capital Inc.
  • Design:

  • Diamond Schmitt Architects Inc.
  • Chernoff Thompson Architects
  • Construction:

  • EllisDon Corporation
  • Finance:

  • Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P.
  • EllisDon Capital Inc.
  • Fengate Capital Management Inc.
  • Service Provider:

  • Johnson Controls Inc.

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