The NBK Mining Institute’s instructional building is the Frank Forward Building of Metallurgy. Originally built in 1968 at a cost of $3-million, its design was reported as “an abstract of hexagonal symmetry,” which is characteristic of many metals. Vancouver artist George Norris worked for nine months on the design. Metallic components, including old gears, were pressed into some parts of the brick before it was fired.
The building is named after Dr. Forward, an internationally renowned researcher and the former head of metallurgy at UBC.