Capital priorities

Capital priorities overview

UBC maintains a comprehensive plan for the development and renewal of institutional infrastructure to meet evolving academic needs as well as the needs of our growing campus communities. Some of the recent priority capital projects for the UBC Vancouver campus include: the Orchard Commons mixed-use student housing facility, which is the home for the UBC Vantage College; expansion of the Brimacombe/Advanced Materials & Process Engineering Laboratory building for the the Quantum Matter Institute; renewal and expansion of undergraduate Chemistry and Life Sciences teaching laboratories; the B.C. Integrated Research Library, a high density storage facility to house 1.7 million volumes from all B.C. research universities; and  a new Aquatic Centre which provides student athletes with a state-of-the-art training and competition facility, and the larger campus community (students, faculty, staff and residents) with an on-campus recreational facility.

Our UBC Okanagan campus has just completed the final stages of a major capital expansion. Future projects for this campus include an expansion of the existing Library and development of new student residences, both intended to meet the needs of a rapidly growing campus population. A complete list of planned projects for UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan is provided in this website. This list continues to be refined as our Capital Plan evolves, projects are completed and new projects advanced.

UBC Five-Year Capital Plan 2020-21 to 2024-25

To provide high-level understanding of public post-secondary institutional capital requirements and to develop priorities for future consideration, the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training (AEST) annually requests Five-Year Capital Plan submissions. The Five-Year Capital Plan provides AEST with an understanding of UBC’s capital requirements for new priority expansion projects, replacement/renewal projects and capital innovation projects.

UBC has developed a jointly funded Capital Plan which addresses core academic needs and aligns with Provincial priorities.  The proposed projects were identified through an extensive assessment and consultation process that considered how proposed projects contribute to the University’s strategic objectives and operational performance & risk mitigation objectives.

The criteria weighting under the Strategic Priorities areas has been changed since 2018, reflecting feedback from the UBC community through the course of consultation. Greater weighting has been assigned to research excellence and transformative learning.

The proposed UBC Five-Year Capital Plan includes priority academic projects totalling $682 million with a request to the Provincial Government for $366 million in funding.  Demolitions or renovations associated with the new construction would reduce UBC’s deferred maintenance by $123 million and improve seismic ratings on specific buildings.

Projects are shown in AEST Categories:

1. New Priority Projects
Primary Driver: Accommodate growth, labour market demand-driven capacity
Secondary Benefit: New system capacity

2. Whole Asset Replacement & Renewal Projects
Primary Driver: Improve the condition of the physical asset and reduce deferred maintenance backlog
Secondary Benefit: Increased system capacity due to improved functional efficiency

The projects proposed are shown in the following table:

UBC Five-Year Capital Plan 2020-21 to 2024-25

ProjectCostFundingReduced Deferred Maintenance

School of Biomedical Engineering Building

Campus: Vancouver

Delivery1: September 2023

AEST Category: 1 + 2

$ 76 million

Province (request to AEST): $ 38.0 million

UBC: $ 38 million


Nursing & Kinesiology Building

Campus: Vancouver

Delivery1: September 2024

AEST Category: 1 + 2

$ 134 million

Province (request to AEST): $ 67 million

UBC: $ 67 million

$ 46 million

Chemistry Laboratory Complex

Campus: Vancouver

Delivery1: September 2024

AEST Category: 1 + 2

$ 224 million

Province (request to AEST): $ 112 million

UBC: $ 112 million

$ 39 million

Interdisciplinary Collaboration & Innovation Building

Campus: Okanagan

Delivery1: September 2024

AEST Category: 1

$ 130 million

Province (request to AEST): $ 90 million

UBC: $ 40 million


Mathematics Building

Campus: Vancouver

Delivery1: September 2024

AEST Category: 1 + 2

$ 118 million

Province (request to AEST): $ 59 million

UBC: $ 59 million

$ 38 million


$ 682 million

Request to AEST: $336 million

$ 123 million

1: These target completion dates assume project funding approval by March 31, 2020.