Beaty Biodiversity Centre Addition

Updated: July 7, 2022
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Beaty

Development Permit

DP05012-5

Location

To the south of the existing Beaty Biodiversity Centre and Museum, 2212 Main Mall

Proponents

UBC Properties Trust

Overview

The proposed expansion of the Beaty Biodiversity Centre will be a 4,586 sq. m. 6-story laboratory and office addition to the existing building that will provide space for researchers, museum collections and supporting functions, and meeting and gathering spaces. 

The building is on Main Mall, an important part of the campus, and will be situated adjacent to Fairview Grove, a valued green space. The proposed addition is east of the grove away from Main Mall. Considerable planning has gone into the design of the landscape to address the loss of trees through enhancement of the grove and connecting the ecology of this site to adjacent natural, cultural, and ecological systems.  

See the proposed building plan and the emerging landscape approach for the Central Connector that is shaping the landscape plan for this project.  

Public Consultation

This Public Consultation is an opportunity to provide feedback on the Development Permit Application for the Beaty Biodiversity Centre Addition. Details about the proposed building and landscape plan are provided along with additional information about an emerging approach to landscape design that supports ecology, integrated systems, inclusion, and a strengthened Musqueam presence in the landscape.  

The planning and design for the Beaty Addition has been shaped by the academic needs of the users and an emerging landscape approach, called Connected Landscapes, that supports ecology, integrated systems, inclusion, and a strengthened Musqueam presence in the landscape beyond individual project sites. 

UBC’s forests, gardens and green spaces are a distinguishing feature of the campus highly valued by the community. As the campus continues to change and grow, and we begin to plan for the future through Campus Vision 2050, the community and Musqueam have expressed a desire to see campus green spaces and biodiversity preserved and enhanced. This is of particular relevance to the Beaty Biodiversity Centre Addition as the project will result in changes to the surrounding green space including the removal of trees.  

With the interests of the community and Musqueam in mind, UBC initiated a landscape planning initiative to go beyond a typical site-specific biomass replacement approach for this project, using the opportunity to develop a holistic strategy, called the Connected Landscapes project, that enhances the natural, ecological and cultural systems connected to this area.  

The Connected Landscapes project establishes design direction for landscapes in specific areas of campus – the Central Connector and the North Connector. This work is distinct from, but related to, Campus Vision 2050 as it will inform, through project implementation and testing, the larger campus landscape character. The intention is to realize broader, long-term ecological gains for the campus by applying design strategies to campus corridors that can be delivered through individual projects, such as the Beaty Biodiversity Centre Addition. By applying ecological, social and Musqueam presence strategies to key opportunities within an area, the biodiversity and ecological health of the area will improve beyond what would otherwise be possible. 

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Central Connector area
Central Connector area

Timeline

March 29, 2022
Development Permit Application
March 29, 2022

Development Permit Application

A development permit application is received.

April 14, 2022
Development Review Committee
April 14, 2022

Development Review Committee

The project is presented to the UBC Development Review Committee for staff review and comment.

June 17, 2022
Revised Submission
June 17, 2022

Revised Submission

A revised development permit application submission is received.

June 29, 2022
Public Open House
June 29, 2022

Public Open House

A public open house session is hosted from 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM in the foyer of the Fred Kaiser Building.

Contact

Karen Russell

Manager, Development Services
(604) 822-1586