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.
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