Forest Sciences Centre

FSC Roof

Forestry Treehouse and Student Lounge

Forestry “Treehouse” and Student Lounge

The Forest Sciences Centre was completed in 1998 and was designed to showcase construction using Canadian forest products. The 17,505-square-metre Forest Sciences complex has 11 classrooms, 2 lecture theatres, teaching laboratories, office space, computer labs, study areas, and a cafeteria and houses the Faculty’s three departments.
Built along side the Forest Sciences Centre is the 3,730-square-metre Centre for Advanced Wood Processing. This building includes two 25-seat classrooms, a machine lab, a simulator lab and a computer lab.A fundraising campaign provided the opportunity to name rooms in the Forest Science Centre. The campaign was led by David McInnes, Chairman, Weyerhauser Canada Ltd and George Richards of Weldwood Canada Ltd.
UBC committed $2.25 million to match funds to designated rooms. The contributors included:

  • Fletcher Challenge Canada Ltd.
  • Weldwood of Canada, Ltd.
  • The Noranda Foundation and Noranda Forest Inc.
  • Canadian Pacific Charitable Foundation
  • West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. and Janet Ketcham
  • Lignum Ltd.
  • an anonymous donor

Official UBC Designated Public Study Space

The Forest Sciences Centre (FSC) is one of the Designated Learning Spaces on campus at UBC. The FSC study space consists of an open atrium of group tables and couches surrounded by greenery in the heart of the Forestry building. This spot is a vibrant place for individual or group study. Inside the MacMillan Bloedel Atrium are group tables and couches with space for up to 60 people. Natural light comes in through the ceiling skylight and the atrium is surrounded by greenery with woodwork adorning the walls and ceiling.

The studying space is open to all UBC students, however, priority will be given to Forestry students as space can be limited during peak study seasons.


Aerial view of the dedicated study space at UBC Faculty of Forestry

Students studying in the atrium - UBC Faculty of Forestry - Dedicated Study Space


Interested in studying here?
With the open-concept atrium and others studying around you, we recommend you bring headphones or earplugs to ensure your studies are uninterrupted. The FSC building remains open until 8pm, however you may need to use your UBCCard in order to access the building off-hours (normally after 6pm).

Facilities and Emergency Information

Learn more about how wood is used in the Forest Sciences Centre, or the classroom facilities available.

Emergency procedures for the Forest Science Centre building are documented in the Building Emergency Response Plan.

Open ceiling wood construction and natural light of the UBC Faculty of Forestry's Forest Sciences Centre