The U Boulevard area has seen significant changes over the past 5 years. Over the next few years, UBC is planning to add more student housing, academic facilities, and amenities in support of the Board approved vision for the area.
The U Boulevard area is the mixed-use heart of UBC, and includes the Alumni Centre, AMS Nest, Life Building (formerly: the SUB), Aquatic Centre, UBC Bus Exchange, student housing, rental housing, commercial amenities, student services, a vibrant public realm, public art, and potentially a future connection to SkyTrain.
University Boulevard is the most important entry to the campus. It is the main entry for buses, which transport 55% of people arriving to UBC (that’s around 80,000 trips every day). It also houses much of UBC’s upper-year student population, at Gage Towers, the recently completed Tallwood House and Exchange Residence, and will add almost 2,000 more student beds with a new Pacific Residences and Brock Commons Phase 2 residences.
A number of important student services can be found in the AMS Nest, Brock Hall and the Life Building, and key athletics and recreation facilities, including the Aquatic Centre, the Student Recreation Centre and War Memorial Gym are also found in the area.
The U Boulevard Area Neighbourhood Plan was adopted in 2004 and amended in 2015 along with the U Boulevard Area Design Guidelines, which are currently undergoing further revisions as the area evolves in response to the need for more academic and student facilities.
What's Happening Now?
There are a number of projects underway in the area, each at a different stage of implementation (see timeline below). These new projects will support the academic mission, provide housing for students, and support building community for students, faculty and staff by enhancing social, recreational and outdoor spaces in the campus core. Each of these projects have been shaped with input from the campus community.
Learn more about these projects below:
- Wesbrook Mall Upgrades: The first phase of construction was completed in Fall 2019.
- Pacific Residences: Received Board 3 approval on September 24, 2019, and is currently under construction.
- Brock Commons Phase 2: Received Board 2 approval on September 24, 2019.
- Gateway Building: Received Board 1 approval on December 5th, 2019, with design and construction to follow.
- Arts Student Centre: Construction commences in June 2020.
U Boulevard Area Timeline
U Boulevard Neighbourhood Plan adopted
Approved by the Board of Governors
Vancouver Campus Plan adopted
Vancouver Campus Plan adopted to replace the OCP
U Boulevard Area Design Guidelines adopted
University Boulevard Area Design Guidelines adopted
University Square completed
Construction of University Square completed
Nest and Alumni Centre completed
Construction of the AMS Student Nest and Alumni Centre completed
2015 Public consultation
2015 public consultation completed
Neighbourhood Plan and Design Guidelines amended
Approved by the Board of Governors
Tallwood House completed
Construction of Tallwood House (Brock Commons Phase 1) completed
2018 Public Consultation Phase 1
Phase 1 of public consultation for the 2018 Update completed
2018 Public Consultation Phase 2
Phase 2 of public consultation for the 2018 Update completed
Exchange Residence and Bus Exchange completed
Construction of Exchange Residence and Bus Exchange completed
Gateway South in approval process
Gateway South site received UBC Board of Governors 1 approval
MacInnes Field expected completion
MacInnes Field and Public Realm upgrades expected to be completed
Arts Student Centre expected completion
Construction of the Arts Student Centre expected to be completed
Aug 2021-Jan 2022
Pacific Residences expected completion
Construction of Pacific Residences expected to be completed
Brock Commons Phase 2 expected completion
Construction of Brock Commons Phase 2 expected to be completed