Base Met Labs

This 6,200 square foot industrial building includes labs, offices and processing facilities to test rock samples from around the world for base metals. Remaining true to its industrial typology, the exterior of the building is clad with galvalume metal which reflects the changing colours of the dynamic Kamloops sky.

Large canopies define the primary entrance and samples receiving bay. Beneath these canopies, the building’s industrial nature gives way to a more refined palette and custom detailing.

SOA selectively modified a standard pre-engineered steel building to deliver an industrial-custom solution that responded to the Owners’ program and restrictive budget. The end result is a shimmering structure nested deep within a drab industrial park. Approaching the Base Met building is not unlike the process of discovering precious metals in samples of crushed rock.

Base Met Labs photos: Kathleen Fisher

Location: Kamloops, BC
Client/Owner: Base Met Labs
Team: SOA (Architect), Pacific Apex (Steel Building), R&A Engineering (Structural), True Consulting (Civil and Landscape), Rocky Point Engineering (Mechanical), Plainsman (General Contractor).
Year: 2017 to 2018
Status: Built