UBC sports medicine

UBC opens $11.6 million sports medicine facility

Thursday, April 5, 2018

The Chan Gunn Pavilion, a new $11.6 million sports medicine facility, has officially opened at the University of B.C.

Designed by HCMA Architecture & Design, the two-storey, 20,000 square-foot space for the faculty of medicine houses a state-of-the-art gym named for Jack and Darlene Poole, research space, offices and clinic rooms. Ledcor was general contractor.

The facility will allow physicians and physical therapists to treat about 3,500 patients a month. It will also be used by faculty and students from the school of kinesiology, which is part of the faculty of education, to explore the body’s response to exercise. The Chan Gunn Pavilion is also the new home to the Allan McGavin Sports Medicine Clinic.

The building, named for the Vancouver physician Dr. Chan Gunn who donated $5 million to the faculty of medicine for its construction, will become a collaborative laboratory to develop and test cutting-edge methods for diagnosis and rehabilitation, and to apply new methods of helping all people– whether elite athletes or those interested in staying fit – reach their full potential.

“The Chan Gunn Pavilion demonstrates our commitment to understanding the science of physical activity and applying those insights to help people recovering from injuries, grappling with chronic disease, or striving to win Olympic medals,” said UBC president Santa J. Ono.

The building will also serve as a training ground for medical residents and fellows who are specializing in sports medicine, orthopedics, and other medical specialties bringing exercise into clinical treatment.

The building received funding from the Government of Canada’s Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund, which provided $4.73 million for construction.


photo courtesy of HCMA

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