UBC Okanagan Skeena Residence

$ 24.980 million
In Construction
August 2020
Project Manager:
UBC Properties Trust
Public Architecture & Communications
Targeting Passive House certification

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.


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

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