Construction Updates

The University continues to make significant investments in new and upgraded infrastructure to create great spaces for teaching, learning, research and the campus community. There is currently a high level of construction activity and every effort will be made to minimize impact.
Project status updated: April 5, 2019

1) 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.


Project cost: $88.0 million

Projected completion: November 2018

2) Exchange Residence at Gage South

The new Exchange Residence will provide approximately 650 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 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.


Project cost: $76.97 million

Projected completion: August 2019

3) UBC Exchange (New Transit Bus Terminal)

The UBC Exchange (Transit Bus Terminal) 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 $21.75 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. This project is integrated with the Exchange Residence.


Project cost: $21.75 million

Projected completion: August 2019

4) MacInnes Field Parkade

The MacInnes Field Parkade will be a single-level underground parking facility located beneath the new MacInnes Field in the University Boulevard precinct. This new parkade, which will include 216 short-term parking spaces, will address visitor parking demand for destinations such as the Aquatic Centre, Alumni Centre, AMS Nest, Bookstore and commercial sites along University Boulevard.  The parkade has been sized to address visitor needs but not to create an oversupply of parking in the precinct that would affect UBC’s successful Transportation Plan direction to shift trips to transit, cycling and walking.


Project cost: $12.435 million

Projected completion: January 2019

6) HEBB building renewal

The Hebb Building Renewal is focused on addressing deferred maintenance while also upgrading to meet current codes, sustainability objectives and principles, and UBC technical standards. The renewal will include reconfiguration of classroom, teaching lab, and support spaces to support contemporary pedagogy.


Project cost: $29.446 million

Projected completion: September 2019

7) Bioenergy facility expansion

This core infrastructure project involves the addition of 12 MW of boiler capacity to the existing Bioenergy Facility to allow the campus hot water heating system to keep up with projected increased demand over the coming years from academic and student residence buildings. The expanded use of biomass as an energy source will provide additional heat at a lower cost than natural gas and will help UBC to diversify its fuel mix, allowing more effective management of the fuel cost risk as well as to help reduce the University’s carbon tax through lowered GHG emissions. It will also help UBC to advance towards its Climate Action Plan 2020 target of 67% GHG emission reduction over 2007 levels and provide continued research opportunities for UBC faculty and students. The scope of work includes civil and structural modifications to the existing facility, removal of redundant equipment, significant mechanical and electrical upgrades, seismic modifications to reflect the altered layout of the building, addition of a significantly upgraded biofuel material handling system, and supply and installation of new boiler.


Project cost: $ 14.85 million

Projected completion: Early 2020

8) Pacific Residence

The Pacific Residence project, located adjacent to and infilling around the Walter Gage Residence, is currently scheduled to open in summer 2021 and will add one winter session and four year-round residential buildings (“houses”) with a total of 934 housing beds for upper-year students.  A new food outlet is also included in the program, serving both the growing residential and broader campus community. The development will allow for greater vibrancy and an improved public realm within this precinct, ultimately creating an enhanced living and learning environment for the entire Walter Gage population. With the removal of approximately 110 grade-level parking stalls and the addition of over 2,300 new beds in the precinct (Exchange Residence, Brock Commons Phase 2 and Pacific Residence), a parking analysis has been undertaken. As a result of this study, the Pacific Residence project will include approximately 220 below-grade parking stalls serving the new developments of Pacific Residence, Exchange Residence, Tall Wood and Brock Commons Phase 2 as well as short term guest parking. For more information, please visit UBC Student Residence – Vancouver


Project cost: $ 160.138 million

Projected completion: August 2021

a) 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. Project completion taking place over a 15 year phase, with project completed to date:

  • Agricultural Rd
  • BioSciences Rd
  • Buchanan Courtyards
  • Main Mall (North + Centre)
  • Medical Pathways
  • Memorial Rd
  • University Blvd (East Mall to Main Mall)
  • University Blvd (Main Mall to West Mall)
  • Geography Courtyard
  • University Centre Forecourt
  • Sustainability Street
  • Frank Forward Pathways
  • Dentistry Courtyard
  • Library Gardens


Project cost: $46.0 million

Projected completion: Phased over 15 years

Thank you for your patience during this period of intense construction.

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