Infrastructure Development News

Standing tall and gifted name honour: new student residences at UBC Vancouver

As part of its growth plan to address significant demand for on-campus student housing UBC has unveiled 2 new student residences over the 2017 summer: Brock Commons Tallwood House and c̓əsnaʔəm House, which is part of the Totem Park Residence complex.

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Public Open House: Thursday, October 19, Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre

Join us on Thursday, October 19 (11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.) in the lobby of the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre (6163 University Boulevard) to view and comment on two development proposals in the University Square area. The Shadow, a public art installation on University Plaza (in front of the AMS Student Nest), and the Hebb Tower Building Upgrade project to include seismic and other general building and landscape upgrades.

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Perfect synchronization – at work and on the water

John Metras and his team are responsible for the planning and development of institutional facilities at UBC, collaborating with stakeholders to create great spaces for teaching, learning, research and the campus community. With over 20 years of experience in facilities development and operations, John plays an integral role in helping UBC evolve into a global leader in sustainability.

When not immersed in work, he enjoys the camaraderie of rowing with his team from the Vancouver Rowing Club. The collaboration involved in rowing is not unlike John’s work at UBC. He explains: “In rowing, you have to work together to be perfectly synchronized."

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UBC Ponderosa Commons certified LEED® Gold

Ponderosa Commons Phase 1, the vibrant multi-purpose residential academic hub is now certified LEED® Gold. Ponderosa Commons was built with unique sustainability features designed to reduce waste, energy and water use.

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UBC Campus Energy Centre certified LEED® Gold

UBC’s $24 million state-of-the-art hot water boiler facility is now certified LEED® Gold. The Campus Energy Centre is the second utility facility to achieve LEED® Gold standard, the first being the Bioenergy Research Demonstration Facility (BRDF) in 2012.

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Woodward Library Entrance and study space unveiled

After several months of construction, the transformation of the front entrance of Woodward Library, and the formerly reserved shelving area has been completed. The outdated 1960s front entrance design was demolished and replaced with aluminum glazing to provide a refreshed and modern look.

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Hennings Building - Spaces reopen after summer renovations

The rows of outdated green lockers have been removed on the main floor to better utilize this corridor for informal learning and study space. The men’s and women’s washrooms on the basement level have reopened, and received upgrades and improvements to both facilities. Theatres 201 and 202 also received audio system upgrades to better facilitate teaching and learning.

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Jay Hiscox Promoted to Senior Manager, Project Services

Effective July 25th, Jay Hiscox will take on the the position of Senior Manager, Project Services; filling the role vacated by the retirement of Mike Champion. An architect by training, Jay comes from a consulting background where he has worked on projects across a wide spectrum of building types and phases.

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New Northwest Coast Masterworks Gallery

The transformation of the formerly Ames Theatres to the new Northwest Coast Masterworks Gallery at Museum of Anthropology opened its doors on June 21, National Aboriginal Day. The Gallery is approximately 2,300 ft2 and was made possible through the generous support of the Doggone Foundation, the Federal Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, and the Canadian Heritage Cultural Spaces Program.

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2.0 megawatt backup generator for Life Sciences Centre

After months of anticipation, the new 2.0 megawatt backup generator for the Life Sciences Centre has arrived. This 28,000 lbs. backup generator was set out for delivery before the crack of dawn, en route from Langley to the UBC Vancouver campus.

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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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Jodi Scott recognized with 2017 President’s Service Award for Excellence

Jodi Scott, Senior Planner, Facilities Planning has been recognized with the 2017 President’s Service Award for Excellence. This Award is presented each year to up to five outstanding staff members and acknowledges staff who have made outstanding contributions to UBC and who excel in their personal achievements.

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UBC Campus Energy Centre short listed for the 2017 AIBC Architectural Awards

The University of British Columbia’s Campus Energy Centre (CEC) is a state-of-the-art hot water boiler facility that provides the heating requirements for UBC’s Vancouver campus. The CEC, along with the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre, was short listed for the 2017 AIBC Architectural Awards

Canadian Architect, the official magazine of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, notes that “[The architects’] …selective use of different panel types enlivens the building’s simple volume by the play of light across and through the shroud.”

The project was lead by Energy & Water Services and Infrastructure Development. Winners will be announced at the AIBC Ceremony on May 10.

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Reconciliation Pole also succeeds as a real-time construction project

With several hundred spectators—volunteers and community members—in attendance, the Reconciliation Pole was installed in traditional Haida manner on Saturday, April 1st.

The Reconciliation Pole is one of two UBC initiatives that aim to capture the long trajectory of Indigenous and Canadian relations and to ensure that the history of Canada’s Indian residential schools will never be forgotten.

Beyond the deeply symbolic meaning of the pole and the installation, the many individuals that took part in successfully managing the engineering and logistics of this project were instrumental. We thank the Project Managers, Facilities Managers, crews and teams from both Infrastructure Development and Building Operations for supporting this event and creating a rich and inviting campus space.

Read more about the event via Professor Ono’s blog.

The smiling face of Dave Kosub greets visitors to

David Kosub, a Project Coordinator with Infrastructure Development, is currently featured as one of the campus personalities on

"I have always loved construction and heritage-style buildings. I had the opportunity to join UBC 17 years ago, continuing that love by working on major campus-wide renovations. I have met so many people from so many backgrounds that I feel honoured to work here. Coming to work is still a joy," says David on

Repair, renew, or replace? The financial strategy for our campus assets.

As buildings age their condition naturally deteriorates. During that time, we invest in maintenance, repairs, and renewals—until we ultimately replace the building with a new one. The question is, how do we define when and how much to invest before we consider replacing the building altogether?

The answer is not the same for all buildings on campus; each building serves a unique purpose so the balance between strategic maintenance and capital investment is unique as well.

We can measure the current condition of each building using a Facility Condition Index score and use that score to see the big picture of how our financial investments make a difference on campus.

To learn more about our accountability for operations, visit UBC Building Operations.

Roofing BC Magazine features UBC Infrastructure Development and Building Operations in Project Profile.

The University of British Columbia (UBC) is a global centre for research and teaching. With over 60,000 students enrolled, UBC has taken extensive proactive measures to ensure the facilities which house its student population are kept leak-free and operational.

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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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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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