Mathematics Building

$118 million
Government $59 million / Fundraising $ 10 million / UBC $49 million
Reduced Deferred Maintenance:
$38 million

The Department of Mathematics at UBC is one of the strongest mathematics departments in Canada. It is ranked 26th in world and 2nd in Canada, according to the QS World University Rankings.  The Department has strong connections with other departments and institutes at UBC, and has a major role in the cross-disciplinary Institute of Applied Mathematics (IAM), with members from Science, Applied Science and other UBC faculties.  The Department teaches about 2,000 undergraduate course FTEs annually, 34% more than a decade ago.

The layout, age, condition, and inadequate infrastructure of Mathematics, Mathematics Annex and LS Klinck restrict pedagogical development, and will not support program growth and cohesion.   This project proposes to replace the Mathematics Building and the Mathematics Annex, 2-storey wood frame structures with exterior stucco and interior plaster finishes constructed in 1924-25 which have now reached the end of their service life.  The LS Klinck Building and addition have limited accessibility, lack a sprinkler system, and have been identified as Tier IV (very high) seismic risk.  Although building systems have been partially upgraded over time as needs have arisen or as renovations occurred, these buildings have large amounts of deferred maintenance.

Faculty/Department:  Science – Mathematics including PIMS, and Integrated Sciences; Provost’s Office – UBC IT

This project proposes a 16,877 GSM facility to replace deteriorating buildings which have reached the end of their service life.  The proposed plan is to build an expansion and replacement facility to address teaching and research needs, fulfill capacity requirements and provide up to date, flexible space with full infrastructure capability.  The project will include replacement of lecture theatres and classrooms that serve the wider precinct.  A new structure will provide a more pleasant learning environment that will be designed to facilitate collaboration.  A complicated scenario of swing space and consequential moves must accompany this project.  The proposed site is on or near the site of the existing Math and Klinck buildings on West Mall.

Project Objectives

  • Provide higher capacity, more flexible and efficient facilities