Brock Commons Phase 2 is proposed to complete the third Commons at UBC Vancouver. Commons (formally called Hubs) are envisioned in Policy 17 of the UBC Vancouver Campus Plan as local mixed-use centres distributed around campus that accommodate significant student housing capacity, child care, plus academic and support services open to all faculty, students and staff. They function as neighbourhood ‘living rooms’ for the daytime community of the surrounding academic disciplines as well as for the students and other academics who reside there. Brock Phase 1, the 404-bed Tallwood House, was completed in summer 2017. The proposed Phase 2 design will provide a residence front desk serving all Brock Commons residents, and approximately 595 additional student residence beds, including beds for residence advisors, coordinators and a residence life manager.
In keeping with the mixed-use commons model that has proven successful at Ponderosa Commons and Orchard Commons, a variety of proposed academic uses and student services are part of the project. These uses include office, consultation, administrative and research space for various Faculty of Arts units; legal clinic space for the Peter A. Allard School of Law; office and consultation space for various Vice-President Students (VPS) units; a centre for accommodated exams; a 150-seat plus an 80-seat general-use classroom; an Opinion Lab/DAE Call Centre, a dedicated Emeritus College; a collegium for first-year students; a food service facility; a multi-faith space; two child care centres; informal learning spaces; and end-of-trip facilities for cycling commuters. In addition, Brock Commons Phase 2 will include a collection of multi-use spaces that can accommodate mustering for the bi-annual graduation ceremonies in May and November; these spaces will be available as meeting and study space during the rest of the year.
The VP Students functions in the building will be part of a comprehensive precinct plan for improved student service facilities spanning Brock Commons, Brock Hall, UBC Life, and a future student health services facility on the Gateway South site.
The Arts Student Centre will be located within the Brock Commons precinct, at the northeast corner of Walter Gage Road and East Mall, and is being pursued as a separate project.
Brock Commons will target LEED Gold certification as a minimum standard with specific energy use intensity targets set to ensure achievement of a high level of energy performance.