Plans also show new location for Arts Student Centre, previously slated for The Bosque
Student housing at UBC is about to get another big boost, with plans for 600 beds in two new buildings on Walter Gage Road.
The proposal, known as Brock Commons Phase 2, includes an 18-storey north tower and a 13-storey south tower, situated between the Peter A. Allard School of Law and Brock Hall.
Renderings: New student housing at UBC
The 600 new student beds in Brock Commons Phase 2 will be joined by new academic and institutional space, with plans showing an arts advising area, classrooms and offices.
It also appears UBC Equity and Inclusion may be moving into the new building, with office space allocated on level four of the south tower.
Plans also show office space for UBC Student Housing and Hospitality Services (SHHS) on plans for the north tower. New offices for VP Academic and VP Students are also shown on plans.
Ground floor plans show a large UBC Food Services facility, with a deli, cafe, grab-and-go section and seating areas. A childcare facility is also planned.
Student housing unit layouts show a variety of formats, including studios and four-bedroom units with shared living spaces.
Landscaping plans show a traffic-calmed Walter Gage Road, with new planting and landscaping surrounding the development.
The project is targeting LEED v4 Gold certification.
Two public consultation events are planned:
- Wednesday, August 7, 2019 between 11:30am – 1:30pm in the Concourse, UBC Life Building, 6138 Student Union Boulevard
- Tuesday, September 10, 2019 between 11:30am – 1:30pm in the Concourse, UBC Life Building, 6138 Student Union Boulevard
Online feedback can also be submitted here.
The development should go before the Board of Govenors at the September 24 meeting.
Construction on the new student housing should start in Spring 2020, with an anticipated completion date in Fall 2022.
New location for UBC Arts Student Centre
Interestingly, plans also show a new, proposed location for the Arts Student Centre, which was originally planned for a treed area known as The Bosque, before the plan was scrapped due to concerns over the removal of several trees.
This proposed new location will go before the Board of Governors in September 2019.
It’s not clear if the building will be redesigned for this potential new location, but here’s how it looked when it was slated for The Bosque:
Project just the latest student housing announcement at UBC
UBC has been steadily adding new student housing beds at its Point Grey campus. In February, the university announced almost 1,000 new student beds in five buildings called the Pacific Residences, to be built around Gage Towers, at Wesbrook Mall and Student Union Boulevard.
Next door to Gage Towers, students are already moving into The Exchange Residences for the first time, a new, 650-bed building with a transit facility incorporated into the ground floor.
With rents in Vancouver at all-time highs and vacancies hard to come by, it’s clear UBC sees an opportunity to house more students on campus.
How many students live on campus?
- UBC has more on-campus housing than any university in Canada with 11,796 beds as of September 2018.
- Four additional projects – one under construction and opening in summer 2019 (Exchange Residence) – will add another 2,700 beds by 2022. By then, with 14,500 beds on the Vancouver campus, UBC will be one of the largest student housing providers in North America.
- UBC has land set aside to build up to 18,000 beds in future should demand continue to grow.
Source: UBC News
Video: Student housing at UBC by the numbers
Editor’s note: Peter Meiszner is an employee of the University of British Columbia.