Walter C. Koerner Forestry Centre

Since 1949, the Faculty of Forestry has operated the Loon Lake Facility as part of the Malcolm Knapp Research Forest (MKRF) in Maple Ridge, BC. The facility hosts field schools for undergraduate students and researchers in all aspects of forestry, conservation and recreation management. It also hosts retreats for corporate groups and other organizations and events for high school and elementary school groups. Since 2002, Loon Lake has been selected as the site for UBC School of Architecture’s Design-Build Course. Malcolm Knapp Research Forest propose to expand the facility by undertaking a two phase, building construction program. The program included the development of a new guest lodge, dining and conference facility (Walter C. Koerner Forestry Centre), the expansion and upgrade of the existing Yacht Club building, construction of new guest cabins as well as a number of other smaller upgrades and additions to the facilities at the Loon Lake Research and Education Centre. Currently the facility comprises seven small guest cabins, a classroom building, a yacht club, a caretakers unit and a dining hall.

  • Address: 14500 Silver Valley Road
  • User: Forestry
  • Project Manager: David Roche
  • Architect: KMBR Architects
  • Construction: VanMar Construction
  • Project Size: 10,143
  • Budget: 2,551,000
  • Construction Status: Complete
  • Completion: July 2006
  • Occupancy: July 2006
  • Awards: 2008 Canadian Wood Council - B.C. Wood Design Award