UBC’s vision for the new Baseball Indoor Training Centre (ITC) was to be a ‘one of a kind’ training facility. The 13,000 square foot state-of-the art complex is located on the Point Grey Campus. It provides an elite, year-round training environment for the UBC Thunderbirds, as well as a variety of baseball camps, softball leagues, little leagues, and community baseball programs. The facility features four full-sized batting cages, a dedicated pitching area, support functions, offices, a community room with retail space, and a viewing deck for watching games on the adjacent UBC Varsity Baseball field.
The building introduces significant innovations in mass timber design and construction. The structure, the first of its kind, features a glulam / LSL composite tilt-up wall system with drop in place, prefabricated roof panels. This tilt-up system is used for the high bay and large span training spaces, such as the batting cages and pitching area, while light wood framing is used for the small-scale support and office spaces. The building is one of the first known examples that hinges a mass-timber tilt-up wall panel system as a means to cost-compete with traditional tilt-up concrete applications.
“UBC Athletics and the UBC Varsity Baseball program engaged Michael Green Architecture to design a High Performance Baseball Training Facility. Michael and his team quickly understood and expressed the opportunity to develop a building, an athletic program and a strategic brand through the design of the facility. The building is quite simply... beautiful. When viewed in the context of $190/sf and built in 6 months...the project is a miracle.”