Infrastructure Development News

Make a splash at the new UBC Aquatic Centre

Infrastructure Development is proud to have worked with Athletics & Recreation and UBC Properties Trust to deliver UBC Vancouver’s new Aquatic Centre, a state-of-the-art facility to serve athletic training, competition, and neighbourhood leisure needs. Whether you’re learning to swim or going for Olympic Gold, the new UBC Aquatic Centre was built for you. This 8,000-square-metre facility offers year-round aquatics programming for adults, youth, and tots of all ages and abilities, as well as drop-in swimming. The facility’s natatorium can accommodate nearly 1,000 bathers, and the viewing area in the mezzanine can host up to 460 spectators.

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Seismic upgrades at UBC

Infrastructure Development is creating a prioritized action plan for each at-risk building on the Vancouver campus using the work of UBC’s seismic researchers as well as the most current thinking in seismic engineering, building resilience, and business continuity. With a campus the size of a small city, each step of our plan will take some time to accomplish, but UBC is dedicated to protecting our students, faculty and staff and keeping UBC a leading centre of research and knowledge preservation.

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A new take on the classroom builds space for better learning

The next time you step into a classroom at UBC, you might be surprised by what you see. At first glance, you might not even realize you’re in a classroom; however, it’s likely that you’ve simply entered one of UBC’s new learning spaces, planned by Jodi Scott and her team in Facilities Planning.

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2016: Year in renewals and renovations

The Routine Capital funding from The Ministry of Advanced Education (AVED) has allowed UBC to cost-share and address much needed capital maintenance in campus buildings, specifically towards the reduction of deferred maintenance in core academic facilities.

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What Are You Working On Profile: Ryan Huffman & Kyle Reese

Ryan Huffman and Kyle Reese are both Project Managers at UBC Infrastructure Development, Project Services. UBC Communications and Marketing had a chance to talk to Ryan and Kyle about their exciting work as Project Managers.

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UBC Dairy Centre Student Residence Building named one of the 10 Best Housing Projects of 2016 by Azure Magazine.

The UBC Dairy Education and Research Centre in Agassiz, B.C., opened its doors to a new residence building. The residences will allow students and researchers from the province, and around the world, to live-on-site. The space promotes collaboration through community spaces, rigorous utilitarian, and an ideal micro-campus for scientific learning and knowledge work. Designed by Oliver Lang of Vancouver’s LWPAC, the highly insulated envelope and geothermal system provide a low-energy building with no on-site carbon emissions.

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Jim Hart Reconciliation Pole

Project Manager Darren Wong along with Project Coordinator Kevin Phelan from Infrastructure Development, have worked to coordinate the arrival of the Jim Hart Haida Reconciliation Pole. It is on location and being finished at MOA and has been covered by the CBC in a recent article.

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Restored Haida Canoe at UBC

Project Manager Darren Wong along with Project Coordinator Kevin Phelan have worked to coordinate the installation of the restored Haida Looplex X in the Forest Sciences Centre. The Haida Looplex X, is one of four fibreglass replicas of the famous “Lootas” (or “wave-eater”), a traditional Haida canoe. The Lootas was carved by the late Bill Reid and a team Haida carvers from a single red cedar log using traditional building methods for the 1986 World’s Fair in Vancouver.

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VRCA Gold Awards for Academic District Energy System

Thanks to the dedication and hard work by Mike Champion, Associate Director of Project Services and many people on the Infrastructure Development team, two of the district energy system's mechanical contractors received Gold Awards from the Vancouver Regional Construction Association.

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Green Buildings 101

Jennifer Sanguinetti, Director of Project Services with the Infrastructure Development team, explains Green Buildings, and details how universities have an important role to play in Green Building design.

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2016 Canada Green Building Leadership Awards

Jennifer Sanguinetti, Director of Project Services at UBC, was awarded the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) Volunteer Leadership Award.

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