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UBC R e p r o  June 14, 1981 Kenneth  Wilson,  retired  supemsor of operations f o r  UBC’s  Botanical  Garden for  11 years f rom 1969 to 1980, had  the  honor of planting  a  shrub  to  dedicate  the  new  30-acre  Asian  Garden officially opened  on  May 12. Garden  contains UBC’s principal collection of rhododendron  species,  many of them  rare.  Mr.  Wilson was also presented  with  third  honorary  ltje  membership in the garden. Looking on at left is Dr. Roy Taylor, Botanical Garden director, and in background, ChancellorJ. V .  Clyne, left,  and  Resident Douglas Kenny. Access to  new  Asian  Garden is via a  tunnel  under Southwest Marine  Drive from  Main Botanical  Garden  adjacent  to  Thunderbird  Stadium. Priorities listed for campus building Immediate  forward  planning  on six new campus  building  projects  has  been recommended by the UBC Senate’s Committee  on  Academic  Building Needs Committee. Senate  meeting  are  designed  to overcome current  acute space shortages  in seven  UBC academic  units and “serious structural  inadequacies” in  the  building which houses the Department of Geophysics and Astronomy. The committee  has  recommended that priority  be given to  meeting  the space  needs of the Faculty of Dentistry, the  Departments of Chemical Engineering, Biochemistry, Physiology and Geophysics and Astronomy. the  committee is a new Studio Resources Building  to  recognize the “long-standing  needs of the .Departments of Fine  Arts, Music and Theatre.” The committee  included the following comments  on the proposals: Identification of a high priority for  the  Faculty of Dentistry  “reflects  a current  acute  shortage of office and graduate  teaching/research  space”; Chemical Engineering’s priority reflects  a current  acute space  shortage and is “independent of any  proposals with regard  to  expansion of the engineering  program at UBC, which would also involve other engineering departments”;  and The inclusion of Biochemistry The projects  approved at the May The sixth  project  recommended by and Physiology recognizes space shortages attributable to  their involvement in Faculty of Science degree  programs and which are unrelated  to  the  current  medical school expansion; The committee also reaffirmed  the acute space  needs of projects which have  already  been  approved as part of UBC’s current five-year  capital plan. These will provide new space  for the Faculties of Agricultural Sciences and Forestry, the  Departments of Psychology, Chemistry and Physics and the clinical departments of the Faculty of Medicine. The  committee  also  identified  the Departments of Civil, Mechanical and Electrical  Engineering  in the Faculty of Applied Science as units  where there is a  clear  indication of acute space  shortages  in the  near  future. and  anticipated space  shortages solvable  through  reallocation and renovation of existing  space are  the Schools of Architecture  and Community and Regional  Planning and  the  Department of Computer Science. units whose needs are largely  related to the poor  quality of existing buildings. Identified are: greenhouses for  the  Department of Plant  Science, the Faculty of Education,  the  Institute of Animal  Resource Ecology and  the Departments of Mathematics, Oceanography and Geophysics and Astronomy. Units  identified  as  having current The committee’s  final  category lists A major  undertaking of the academic  building  needs  committee  in recent  months  has  been  a  campus-wide review of academic  space  needs, Senate was told by Prof.  Victor Runeckles,  head of plant science and chairman of the Senate  committee. an  approach  recommended by the Universities Council of B.C.  for justifying  requirements  for new space. The UCBC formula is based  on  a formula  developed by the Council of Ontario Universities. An advantage of the UCBC formula,  he  said, is that  input  data are available  in several existing campus data bases,  which  must  be updated regularly. committee  recommendation  that  the University place  priority  on maintaining  an  up-to-date space inventory and  on improving  the classifications of room types and of academic  activities  associated with courses  offered. Also approved by Senate was a recommendation by the  committee that UBC undertake  a  study of the feasibility of constructing  flexible “University resource  space” to accommodate  on  a  short-term basis academic  units  which are experiencing acute shortages of space.  Such  space could also serve as a  means of accelerating  demolition of existing sub-standard buildings, the committee said. He  said the  committee  had  adopted This led  to  approval by Senate of a Asian Centre to open The spectacular new Asian Centre, symbolic of  UBC’s growing  role as a major  Pacific  Rim  university will be officially  opened at 2:30 p.m.  on Friday,  June 5. Participating with  Chancellor J.V. Clyne and President  Douglas T. Kenny will be B.C. Premier William Bennett, Senator Ray Perrault, His Imperial Highness  Prince  Noruhito Mikasa and His Excellency Dr.  Saburo  Okita representing  the  government of Japan, and Joseph Whitehead,  chairman of the Asian Centre  Fund  Executive Committee. The public is invited  to the  opening ceremony,  reception and  building  tour which will follow. Among the festivities will be  a  tea ceremony  in the Urasenke style by Mrs. Soshin Watanabe,  a display of Asian art by the  Canadian Society for Asian art,  and performances by Kala- Mandir of B.C. - a South Asian musical group,  the Vancouver  Chinese Music Club,  the  Katari  Taiko Vancouver  Japanese drum  group,  and Teresa Kobayashi will give a performance of Japanese  Koto. also  be  offered  on  Saturday and Sunday,  June 6 and 7, from 2 to 5 p.m. Occupying the  building will be UBC’s Department of Asian Studies, the  Institute of Asian Research and the Asian Studies  Library.  There will also be  space  for the Asian interests of UBC’s Departments of Music, Fine Arts and  Theatre. The  Centre will be very much  a public  building, serving  both community and University groups  with Asian academic and  cultural interests. As well, the  structure is expected  to become  a  focal  point and  a source of visible pride  for  British  Columbia’s Asian communities.  They will have access to the Centre’s  facilities  which include an  auditorium with  seating  for 220, a  music  studio and two exhibition galleries. Public  tours of the Asian Centre will The idea of the Asian Cenhe originated as a  centennial  gift  from Japan to the people of British Columbia. The girders  supporting  the high  pyramid roof were donated by the Sanyo  Corporation  after  their use at  the 1970 World’s Fair  in  Osaka. Funds  for  construction of the  Centre at UBC came from the Province of British  Columbia,  the  Government of Canada,  the  Japanese Federation of Economic  Organizations,  the  Japanese World  Exposition and  a  fund raising campaign  supported by both Asian and  Canadian interests. Total cost, including  the  interior  finishing, was $5.4 million. Matsuba  has  incorporated more  than 47,000 gross square feet  within the original  Sanyo  shell, by developing four levels, two of them below ground level. The Centre’s  spectacular  roof, based on  traditional  Japanese  rural design, is topped by a symbolic pagoda-style  chimney. The  surrounding  landscaping was designed by Prof.  Kannasuke Mori of Chiba University in  Japan. Vancouver  architect  Donald 3


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