Building History & Partners

Building Capital Campaign Funding Partners

CIRS Timeline

(link to interactive timeline)

BC Hydro, Vancouver BC

BC Hydro is a provincial Crown corporation that generates, purchases, distributes and sells electricity within British Columbia, with a focus on meeting growing energy demands through environmentally, socially and economically responsible ways.


Modern Green Development, Beijing China

Modern Green Development is a property development and real estate company with an interest in green buildings and a focus on energy efficiency and inhabitant comfort. Based in Beijing China, it has development projects in China, Australia, Vancouver BC, and Houston, TX, USA.


The Province of British Columbia


Canada Foundation for Innovation, Ottawa ON

Created by the Government of Canada in 1997, the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) strives to build our nation’s capacity to undertake world-class research and technology development to benefit Canadians.


Sustainable Development Technology Canada

Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) is a not-for-profit foundation that finances and supports the development and demonstration of clean technologies which provide solutions to issues of climate change, clean air, water quality and soil, and which deliver economic, environmental and health benefits to Canadians.


Government of Canada


RBC Foundation, Montreal QC

The RBC Foundation is an arm the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), one of the largest financial institutions in Canada, that provide grants to charitable organizations, university programs and other initiatives world-wide that working to improve communities and the environment.


Honeywell International, Morristown NJ

Honeywell is a multinational conglomerate company that invents and manufactures technologies targeting energy efficiency, clean energy generation, safety and security, globalization and customer productivity. Honeywell supplied the building monitoring system and controls for the CIRS building.


Haworth, Holland MI

Haworth is a global designer and manufacturer of workspaces, with internal research and development and products ranging from flooring and partitions, systems furniture and seating. Haworth supplied for the interior fit-out and furniture for the CIRS building, through their local supplier Brooks Corning.


Kresge Foundation, Troy MI

The Kresge Foundation is a non-profit that works to improve the life circumstances of poor and low-income children and adults, and those living in underserved communities by providing funding, grants and investments for projects in areas related to Arts and Culture, Community Development, Revitalization of Detroit, Education, Environment, Health, Human Services.


Real Estate Foundation of BC, Vancouver BC

The Real Estate Foundation of BC mission is to transform land use attitudes and practices through innovation, stewardship and learning. By supporting innovative and progressive solutions and collaborative projects that can be scaled and replicated in other communities by non-profit organizations, the Foundation’s work contributes to resilient, healthy communities and natural environments.


McCall MacBain Foundation, Geneva Switzerland

The McCall MacBain Foundation is a not-for-profit organization committed to improving the welfare of humanity by supporting innovative individuals and institutions through focused grants in education, health and the environment.


Perkins+Will, Chicago IL

Perkins+Will is an international firm that provides architectural, planning, interior design, landscape architecture and urban design services with a strong focus on sustainability in aspects of development. The Vancouver branch of Perkins+Will (then Busby, Perkins +Will) was the architect for the CIRS building.


Natural Resources Canada


Metro Vancouver, Burnaby BC


Analytic Design Group Inc, Vancouver BC

Analytic Design Group Inc. (ADGi) is a visionary user experience consulting firm with a depth of experience in several industries and across a range of hardware and software platforms.


Windsor Plywood Foundation, Vancouver BC

The Windsor Plywood Foundation is a fund held at the Vancouver Foundation.

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Building Development Supporting Partners

British Columbia Institute of Technology

City of Vancouver

Concordia University

David Suzuki Foundation

ECO-TEK Ecological Technologies Inc.

Emily Carr University of Art + Design

Great Northern Way Campus


National Research Council – Institute for Fuel Call Innovation


Science World British Columbia

Simon Fraser University

Stantec Consulting

Sustainable Cities International

The Athena Sustainable Materials Institute