The Skeena Residence will be located adjacent to the Purcell Residence. The program includes 220 beds in modified traditional format (two single bedrooms sharing a bathroom) with standard housing amenities including house lounges, informal study space, activity room and laundry facilities.The new residence will support the growing demand for on-campus student housing and student recruitment and retention, besides enhancing campus life environment and services, which will help students succeed academically and socially. The new residence will also reduce commuter traffic to and from campus.
The Skeena Residence is targeting Passive House (PassivHaus) certification. Passive House is an international recognized energy standard developed in Germany. The most significant characteristics are the airtight, high efficiency building envelope and the heat recovery ventilation system. If the proect achieves the very ambitious Passive House certification, it would be a first for UBC and advance UBC’s reputation in the community as a leader in sustainability.