UBC Vancouver Construction Update

Project status last updated: December 13, 2016

The University is currently making significant investments in new and upgraded infrastructure to support Place & Promise goals. The level of construction activity is quite high right now and we want to ensure that the campus community is regularly updated on the latest projects and associated timelines. We plan to issue regular construction updates like this to keep you informed.
Note that projected completion dates are subject to change. Please refer back to the website for updates.
Each of the projects noted below involves pedestrian detours around fenced construction sites to ensure the safety of the campus community. These detours will be clearly marked. Intermittent road or walkway closures in the vicinity of a construction site may be required from time to time during construction. Every effort will be made to minimize disruption. If longer term closures are required this will be communicated well in advance. Please refer to the project map for the location of each of the current construction projects.

Projects currently underway include:

1) Orchard Commons Mixed Use Student Housing/Vantage College
  Orchard Commons is the second of five mixed use academic/student housing hubs being built at UBC. When finished, the three buildings of Orchard Commons will include student housing and support amenity space with 1048 student beds, academic and offices space for UBC Vantage College, office and administrative space for Student Housing and Hospitality Services (SHHS), dining hall and food production kitchen, convenience store, large event and activity space, end of trip facilities and a daycare for 24 toddlers and infants.

Location: West Mall and Agronomy Road
Project cost: $127,473,500
Projected completion: September 2016
2) New Aquatic Centre
  The new Aquatic Centre will be built on the current site of MacInnes Field. The Centre will include a 50m competition pool, a 25m recreational pool, a leisure pool, spectator seating, a hot tub, universal change rooms, male and female change rooms, a wet classroom, and meeting rooms. The MacInnes Field open space will be relocated to site of the existing aquatic centre once the new Aquatic Centre is completed.

Location: Current site of MacInnes Field, south of the Student Recreation Centre.
Project cost: $39,900,000
Projected completion: November 2016
3) National Soccer Development Centre
(UBC Athletics/Vancouver Whitecaps)
  UBC and the Vancouver Whitecaps Football Club have partnered to construct and operate a shared use soccer training facility at UBC.

Location: Thunderbird Park, Wesbrook Mall
Project cost: $23.019 million (Capital funding for the facilities is split between the Provincial Government ($11 million), the Whitecaps ($11.2 million) and UBC Properties Trust)
Projected completion: March 2017
4) Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute (QMI) – AMPEL/Brimacombe Expansion
  Development of new state-of-the-art research space for the UBC Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute (QMI) is an addition to the Brimacombe building, which houses the related Advanced Materials and Process Engineering Laboratory (AMPEL). This proposal, to expand the globally significant quantum materials research currently underway at UBC. 

Location: An addition to Brimacombe building at East Mall & Engineering Lane
Project cost: $30.269 million (fundraising and grants)
Projected completion: January 2017
5) New Sports Medicine Centre - Chan Gunn Pavilion
  This 1800 GSM facility will be located east of the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre at It will replace the existing Allan McGavin Sports Medicine Centre located in the aging John Owen Pavilion on the Thunderbird Park athletic fields. The new Sports Medicine Centre will continue in the role as a Provincial referral centre, addressing sports injury and fitness-related health care needs of the province. Originally to be 2 phases, confirmed funding from the School of Kinesiology will allow completion of the building in a single phase of construction.

Location: Thunderbird Blvd and Wesbrook Mall
Project cost: $11.425 million
Projected completion: September 2017
6) Undergraduate Life Sciences Teaching Laboratories – Renewal and Expansion
  The Undergraduate Life Sciences Teaching Labs Renewal project involves a renewal and expansion of the Biological Sciences complex to provide modern, well equipped teaching laboratories for over 2,000 students enrolled in undergraduate life sciences programs. This will replace and consolidate deteriorated teaching labs in the Biological Sciences Centre and North, Wesbrook and D.H. Copp buildings.

Location: University Blvd and Main Mall
Project cost: $80 million
Projected completion: April 2018
7) Museum of Anthropology Northwest Coast Masterworks Gallery
  The proposed new Northwest Coast Masterworks Gallery will transform the existing Ames Theatre which will be relocated to a new space in the Museum. At 2,140 ft2 the Gallery will preserve and celebrate masterworks of the Northwest Coast and enhance MOA's capacity to present and interpret First Nations art and culture to wider audiences.

Location: Museum of Anthropology
Project cost: $4.1 million
Projected completion: March 2017
8) Indian Residential School History & Dialogue Centre
  • A central and visible location for re-thinking the relationship between Aboriginal peoples and Canadian society.
• An on-campus meeting place for community members and scholars and a powerful recognition of Aboriginal culture and history in the heart of campus.
• A place for knowledge, records and the preservation of memory.
• Proposed as two level facility with a total gross area of approximately 5,200 ft2 comprised of a portion of existing basement space in Koerner Library and a new building component above on the mid-level plaza leading from Koerner Library to the IK Barber Learning Centre

Location: Koerner Library
Project cost: $5.5 million
Projected completion: July 2017
9) Gage South Student Residence
  The new Gage South Student Residence will provide approximately 630 beds for upper year students in suite style configuration (micro units, studios, 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom units with kitchen) including some larger studios and 1 bedroom units that will generate higher rents and greater revenue and some small (145 sq ft) micro units to assist in addressing affordability issues for some students. Typical residence amenities will be provided including lobby, front desk, house lounge, meeting/study rooms, bike storage, fitness/games room, music practice rooms and laundry. A collegium for commuter students is also planned to be included.

The residence will include four towers, ranging in height from 5 – 14 storeys, and will be constructed on a 2-storey (equivalent) podium over top of the bus exchange layover facility.

Location: Wesbrook Mall at Student Union Boulevard
Project cost: $76.97 million
Projected completion: September 2019
10) New Transit Terminal
  The New Transit Terminal (or UBC Bus Exchange) is a partnership project between UBC and TransLink designed to meet the current and future transit needs of the UBC Vancouver campus community. This facility is complementary to the re-configured Trolley Bus Loop on University Boulevard. This $21 million partnership project with TransLink will provide an end of route terminal for diesel buses. TransLink to fund lesser of $8.84m or 50% of capital cost. The original Board 1 approval received in October 2012 and this represents a revised layout required to keep costs within budget. This project is now integrated with Gage South Student Residence.

Location: Wesbrook Mall at Student Union Boulevard
Project cost: $21.75 million
Projected completion: September 2019
11) Totem Park Student Residence In-Fill Phase 2
  As part of its growth plan to address significant demand for on-campus student housing, Student Housing & Hospitality Services (SHHS) plan to develop additional in-fill housing at the Totem Park Residence. This follows on the successful Totem Infill Phase 1 project completed in 2011 that added 567 beds to the Totem Park Residence complex.

Totem Park Residence currently has a population of 1,758 mostly 1st year students and a commons block that provides dining hall, support services and amenities for this student population. The Totem Park Residence In-Fill Phase 2 project proposes the addition of one more residence building (2 houses) with approximately 350 traditional beds, increasing the total Totem Park population to over 2,100 students

Location: Totem Park Student Residence
Project cost: $30.2 million
Projected completion: September 2017
12) Brock Commons Phase 1 (Tall Wood Student Residence)
  The Brock Commons Phase 1 (Tall Wood Student Residence) project is intended to address two objectives:

To deliver approximately 400 student residence beds as part of the Student Housing & Hospitality Services (SHHS) strategy to address the growing wait list for on-campus housing, which reached a peak of 6,000 students in August 2015.

To design, build, evaluate and monitor an18 storey building utilizing advanced wood-based building systems, physically demonstrating the applicability of wood in the tall-building market.

Location: North side of North Parkade
Project cost: $51.525 million
Projected completion: June 2017
13) Mixed-Use University Rental Housing
14) Henry Angus Tower Seismic Upgrade
  This building, which is occupied by the Sauder School of Business, has been assessed as a very high seismic risk and has been prioritized for upgrade based on impact evaluation and the relatively straightforward nature of the upgrade work required which will not involve deferred maintenance upgrades and has a requirement for office type swing space only.

Location: 2053 Main Mall
Project cost: $4.162 million
Projected completion: January 2017
15) Old SUB Building Renewal for Swing Space
  Building system renewal to be completed as part of Routine Capital project to develop building for temporary swing space. The UBC Life Building will be at the geographic heart of the campus, re-using the Old Student Union Building (SUB) after the AMS moves to the New SUB in May 2015. The project scope has been separated into 2 phases. Phase 1 includes building systems renewal and development of interim swing space to facilitate larger scale renewal of other campus buildings. Phase 2 includes tenant improvements to develop the full "UBC Life" program which will provide essential student services including counseling, health and wellbeing programs, academic and career advising, international and experiential learning, athletic facilities, food services and informal learning spaces, all of which help to ensure the success of our undergraduate and graduate students.

Location: 6138 Student Union Boulevard
Project cost: $21.5 million for renewal for swing space
Projected completion: September 2017
Public Realm
  A series of landscape upgrade projects to improve walkways, street lighting, street furniture, wayfinding signage and storm drainage with an overall goal to create a safer, more attractive and pedestrian friendly campus.
Location: Various locations across campus.
Project cost: The total Public Realm program cost is $46 million spread over 15 years. Funding is from Infrastructure Impact Charges (IICs) levied on non-academic campus development projects.

Current Public Realm projects include:
a) Gage South Precinct/Wesbrook Mall.   Project underway. Includes public realm associated with the new Aquatic Centre, MacInnes Field, UBC Exchange (Bus Terminal) and Gage South Student Residence. Projected completion: Phased through 2018 and 2019.
b) Dentistry Courtyard.   Project underway. Includes public realm in courtyard area bounded by the J.B. MacDonald and Friedman buildings, Instructional Resource Centre and UBC Hospital. Completion targeted for December 2016.


Thank you for your patience during this period of intense construction.
If you have any questions regarding these projects please feel free to contact John Metras, Managing Director, Infrastructure Development at john.metras@ubc.ca or 604-822-4311