The Hangar Fitness and Wellness Centre is officially open at the University of B.C.’s Okanagan campus.

UBC unveils new facility

The addition to the university’s gymnasium houses a spacious cardio-exercise and strength-training space

The newest facility for students, faculty, and staff at UBC’s Okanagan,  the $4.1-million Hangar Fitness and Wellness Centre, represents many things to many people.

Not only is it an architectural work of art, but the facility  – which officially opened Tuesday– represents a significant gift to UBCO while showcasing the wonders of building with wood.

In operation since mid-July, the 850-square-metre addition to the university’s gymnasium houses a spacious cardio-exercise and strength-training space, studios for yoga, combat sports, spin bikes, Pilates and dancing, and will eventually accommodate an interior climbing wall.

“This outstanding new facility reflects a shared commitment of our community, the university, and our generous donors to health and wellness,” said deputy vice-chancellor and principal Deborah Buszard.

“The Hangar will provide much-needed recreation space for everyone, but in particular for our students, who need it to be healthy and productive.”

The facility’s name recognizes a  $3.5-million gift from the Lapointe family, honouring the employees of Kelowna Flightcraft. Funding for the Hangar came with two specific stipulations – it required an aviation theme, and construction was to be mostly from local lumber to support the region’s forestry industry.

A design-build competition for the building was won by Kindred Construction in partnership with McFarland Marceau Architects. The result? A remarkable structure that appears to hover beside the current gymnasium, while at the same time emulating the curved wing of an aircraft.

For UBC athletics director Rob Johnson, it also represents a much-needed space where students, faculty, and staff can exercise on the latest equipment, join a fitness class, take personalized training, and improve their health.

The Hangar is also a boon to UBC’s Okanagan Heat athletes, newly minted as full members of Canada West Universities Athletic Association and Canadian Interuniversity Sport.

“Until now, we have not been able to offer built-to-purpose fitness space, and we operated as best we could in a converted off-court storage area,” said Johnson.

“The Hangar combines a beautiful and sustainable design, which includes lots of natural light with state-of-the-art fitness equipment.”


Inside, the building retains its light and airy feeling, as connection to the gym’s second floor is via a floating glass hallway – giving users expansive views of the campus.



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