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New UBC Vancouver student residences open with Musqueam names

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UBC Vancouver officially opened five new student residence buildings Tuesday afternoon at a special naming ceremony hosted by the Musqueam Indian Band (x史m蓹胃k史蓹y虛蓹m).

The buildings, which were originally named the UBC Pacific Residences, were collectively gifted the h蓹n虛q虛蓹min虛蓹m虛 name t蓹 拧x史h蓹lel蓹m虛s t蓹 k虛史a茮虛k史蓹蕯a蕯涩, meaning The Houses of the Ones Belonging to the Saltwater, by the Musqueam in the spring of 2021.

Now each of the five buildings has received its own name from the Musqueam:

  • t蓹m蓹s lel蓹m虛 – Sea Otter House, opened to residents Apr. 2022
  • sqim蓹k虛史 lel蓹m虛 – Octopus House, opened to residents Apr. 2022
  • s涩ew蓹t虝 lel蓹m虛 – Herring House, opened to residents Jan. 2022
  • q虛蓹l涩al蓹m蓹c蓹n lel蓹m虛 – Orca House, opened to residents Sept. 2021
  • q史ta:y胃蓹n lel蓹m虛 – Sturgeon House, opened to residents Sept. 2021

鈥淯BC is deeply honoured to be gifted these h蓹n虛q虛蓹min虛蓹m虛 names from Musqueam, and we respectfully acknowledge that gift,鈥 said UBC president and vice-chancellor Santa J. Ono.

鈥淚t is the university鈥檚 hope that through these names and the buildings鈥 design that residents and guests will develop a deeper appreciation and understanding of Musqueam history and storytelling.鈥

Construction on the new residence buildings began in October 2019.

Glass canopy at The Houses of the Ones Belonging to the Saltwater
Glass canopy at The Houses of the Ones Belonging to the Saltwater. Credit: The University of British Columbia/supplied
Octopus shadow cast by the glass canopy
Octopus shadow cast by the glass canopy. Credit: The University of British Columbia/supplied
Sturgeon House sign
Sturgeon House sign. Credit: The University of British Columbia/supplied

The development provides 743 beds for upper-year and graduate students and another 196 hotel suites at the northeast corner of campus. The total floor area of the development is 334,000 square feet and the total cost of the development was $165 million.

The residence buildings range between seven and 10 storeys and are sited in a horseshoe shape around the existing Walter Gage Residence buildings.

Map of buildings at The Houses of the Ones Belonging to the Saltwater. Credit: The University of British Columbia/supplied

Each building鈥檚 front features signage displaying the h蓹n虛q虛蓹min虛蓹m虛 and English names.

Landscaping and public art includes etched-glass canopies with designs by Musqueam artist Kelly Cannell that cast shadows of the namesake animals over key pedestrian walkways. There also plants of cultural importance to Musqueam planted throughout the site, with informational signage on the names of the plants and their traditional uses.

Inside, lobbies feature story walls, detailing the significance of each of the animals to the Musqueam.

鈥淚t鈥檚 also hugely important to the university to be able to expand our student housing inventory in recognition of the challenges students face in finding affordable homes in a difficult rental market like Vancouver,鈥 says Andrew Parr, associate vice-president, Student Housing at UBC.

Fees for residences at t蓹 拧x史h蓹lel蓹m虛s t蓹 k虛史a茮虛k史蓹蕯a蕯涩 range from $1,033 – $1,354/month. Of the 743 beds, 503 are studios, 20 are large studios, plus there are eight accessible studios and 53 four-bedroom suites. Units include furnished living areas and appliance-equipped kitchens.

UBC provides more on-campus student housing than any university in Canada with more than 15,000 beds in Vancouver and the Okanagan and has invested more than $634 million in new student housing over the past 10 years.

Architects are Hotson Architecture and Ryder Architecture.

Editor鈥檚 note: The author of this article, Peter Meiszner, is an employee of the University of British Columbia.

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