Major Development Milestones

A lot can happen in a community over 100 years. Here are some major campus planning milestones in our history:

Pre Campus Development

 

1877

Initial proposal for a provincial university

1907

University Endowment Act provides for the funding of the proposed provincial university

1908

Provincial legislature passes a new University Act, which formally establishes UBC

1910

Point Grey is selected as the most suitable location for a 175-acre university

1913

Sharp Thompson Architects win international design competition for the UBC campus at Point Grey

1915

UBC opens temporary headquarters at Fairview Shacks during construction at Point Grey

Early Campus Development

 

1914-1919

Start-up construction on the new university interrupted by WW I

1922-1923

The Great Trek leads the provincial government to authorize the continuation of construction

1925

UBC officially moves from Fairview Shacks to the Point Grey campus

Mid-Century Development

 

1945

Post-war academic expansion begins

1947

Post-war construction adds 20 new buildings by 1951

1960

Place Vanier Residence is constructed to allow students to live on campus

1964

Totem Park Residence is constructed to provide additional beds for the growing number of students living on campus

1968

Master Plan approved

1969

UBC completes five-year $71 million building program

1972

Construction of Walter Gage Towers to provide nearly 1,800 rooms for senior undergraduate students

Late Century Development

 

 1988

First development Hampton Place, establishing UBC Vancouver’s first on campus family housing neighbourhood

1990-1992

Renewed growth prompts UBC to prepare a plan to guide future development of University land, resulting in the Main Campus Plan

1994

Memorandum of Understanding established between UBC and Metro Vancouver to undertake community planning process

1997

Official Community Plan (OCP) bylaw is approved by the regional district

Recent Development

 

2000

Comprehensive Community Plan establishes framework for approving neighbourhood plans

2001

UBC at Robson Square opens

 

Chancellor Place/Theological Neighbourhood Plan adopted

 

Hawthorn Place/Mid Campus Neighbourhood Plan adopted

2004

University Boulevard Neighbourhood Plan adopted

 

East Campus Neighbourhood Plan adopted

 

North Campus Neighbourhood Plan adopted

2005

UBC Okanagan opens campus in Kelowna formerly operated by Okanagan University College

 

UBC begins review of 1992 Main Campus Plan

 

Wesbrook Place/South Campus Neighbourhood Plan adopted

2005-2009

UBC completes Phase 1 through 5 of the new Vancouver Campus Plan

2010

UBC Vancouver Campus Plan adopted

2011

UBC Land Use Plan (formerly OCP) amended