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BCIT Industrial Network Cyber Security Lab

  • Client
    British Columbia Institute of Technology
  • Location
    Burnaby, BC
  • Completion
  • Photographer
    Upper Left Photography


BCIT’s School of Energy required a fast-track renovation to three existing labs / classrooms to create Canada’s first industrial network cyber security (INCS) lab. The lab is used to train students in the ever-evolving field of cybersecurity in a controlled environment, in which the learning network has been separated from the institution’s main servers.

The project started with a vision / needs workshop with users and faculty to understand the program and intent for the space. As this is the first lab of its kind in Canada, there was no existing model to follow. Through the workshop, the team discovered that this had to be a highly functional learning environment, that students needed easy access to the network cabling, and that BCIT wanted to show off this facility to people visiting the building. Those three things became key design drivers.

The new 140 sq m lab consists of two spaces: a central teaching lab area, and a server room that is accessible and visible from, and directly adjacent to, the teaching space. Thinkspace’s scope of work involved repartitioning the space with glazed walls, implementing new finishes, and coordinating structural, mechanical, and electrical work.