UBC Okanagan Skeena Residence

$ 24.980 million
August 2020
Project Manager:
UBC Properties Trust
PUBLIC: Architecture & Communication
Passive House Certified

The Skeena Residence is located adjacent to the Purcell Residence. It includes 220 beds in a modified traditional format (two single bedrooms sharing a bathroom) with standard housing amenities including house lounges, informal study spaces, an activity room, and laundry facilities. The new residence supports the growing demand for on-campus student housing and student recruitment and retention, besides enhancing campus life environment and services, which helps students succeed academically and socially.  The new residence also reduces commuter traffic to and from campus.

The Skeena Residence achieved Passive House (PassivHaus) certification. Passive House is an internationally recognized energy standard developed in Germany. The most significant characteristics are the airtight, high-efficiency building envelope and the heat recovery ventilation system. It is a first for UBC and advances UBC’s reputation in the community as a leader in sustainability.


Learn more

UBC Okanagan Campus Planning: Development permit

Bush Bohlman & Partners: Project Profile: UBC Okanagan Skeena Student Residences

RDH: Project Profile: UBC Okanagan Skeena Residence


2021 Canadian Wood Council Wood Design & Building Environmental Performance Award
2021 Canadian Green Building Award
2021 Net-Zero Energy-Ready Challenge Winner

In the media

Passive House Accelerator: Skeena Residence – A Community Asset

Sustainable Architecture & Building Magazine (SABMag): The winning projects of 2021 Canadian Green Building Awards

Daily Arch News: Passive House Skeena Residence by Public Design

Rethinking The Future: UBCO Skeena Residence By Public Architecture + Communication

ZEBx: Case Study: Skeena Residence

Journal of Commerce by ConstructConnect: Students move into new UBCO Skeena residence

KelownaNow: Indigenous student housing opens at UBCO this semester

e-architect: UBCO Skeena Residence in Kelowna