Justice Institute of British Columbia
The Justice Institute of British Columbia in New Westminster unites formerly independent training and testing academies for court staff, corrections employees, police, firefighters, paramedics, and emergency response personnel. The aim of integrating these academies on one campus is to encourage interdisciplinary approaches to public safety and to maximize public resources.
The Justice Institute is organized in four architecturally differentiated but physically linked buildings that appear to have been constructed over time to achieve a campus-like environment. The buildings have distinct functions of entry, administration, classrooms, a theatre, and a gymnasium. Based on the Institute’s operating philosophy that nurturing community maintains public order, the two classroom blocks flank a central atrium and grand staircase where training scenarios are staged, and the curving concourse sweeps around a serene outdoor garden and pool. Landscaped berming creates a visual screen and noise baffle between the garden and the surrounding roads. (Henriquez/IBI Group, Architects in Joint Venture)
Status: Completed in 1992
Size: 161,400 square feet