The dire scarcity of leisure area for the rising pupil inhabitants on the College of British Columbia’s (UBC) Level Gray campus will probably be immediately addressed by the development of a brand new main extra pupil leisure centre over the approaching years.
The “New Recreation Centre” facility on the core of the campus is slated for the big plaza area located instantly north of the UBC Life Constructing (former Scholar Union Constructing) and on the western finish of Scholar Union Boulevard.
UBC unveiled the proposed idea — designed by SHAPE Structure — earlier this spring, which requires an indoor flooring space of 101,000 sq ft unfold over three storeys, together with three non-varsity gymnasiums, an inside strolling observe, cardio and weightlifting areas, multipurpose rooms, common and gender-specific change rooms, and administrative workplaces.
With its a number of entrances and a north-south, mid-building outside walkway hall on the bottom stage that hyperlinks to the UBC Life Constructing, the brand new recreation centre could have a excessive diploma of circulation permeability for foot site visitors.
Moreover, on the southern facet between this new constructing and the UBC Life Constructing, there will probably be a large west-east walkway hall for pedestrian site visitors connections from the bosque on the west facet to the aquatic centre and bus alternate on the east facet.
“The undertaking knits these edges along with a coherent and legible massing with articulations to outline key moments of engagement. The defining attribute being a beneficiant new exterior walkway that continues the north-south pupil providers backbone into the general public realm, linking collectively inside with exterior,” reads the undertaking description.
“This recreation centre will probably be a brand new vacation spot for the well being and wellness of the campus neighborhood. It connects and extends the coed providers backbone, creates alternatives for formal and casual play, and will probably be accessible to and inclusive of your entire campus neighborhood.”
The constructing’s glossy, modern design is in step with the shape and typology of the adjoining new aquatic centre, utilizing minimal, monochromatic supplies. This may even be constructed to a LEED Gold inexperienced constructing customary.
The outside public areas to the north — between this new constructing and Brock Corridor/North Parkade — may even be redesigned, however it is going to be carried out as a separate undertaking.
Building is anticipated to start Summer time 2022 for a gap in Fall 2024. The estimated value is $66 million, with $17.7 million from Alma Mater Society (AMS) pupil charges, $5 million from donors, and $43.1 million in development financing from the UBC administration.
The undertaking was accredited by the coed inhabitants in a 2017 referendum as a part of the broader “GamePlan” technique of renewing and increasing pupil leisure amenities throughout the campus.
“There’s a robust need from the Alma Mater Society (AMS) and college students to maneuver ahead with this undertaking, as college students at present train in crowded, outdated campus health amenities,” reads a UBC board of governors report.
With solely 16,000 sq ft of health gymnasium amenities throughout two present places, the UBC Vancouver campus has a number of the lowest metrics within the nation in relation to the out there health area flooring space per pupil. The opening of this new facility will enhance the health area out there for every pupil to a stage that’s corresponding to the Canadian college per pupil requirements.
The 1995-built Scholar Recreation Centre instantly to the east of the brand new constructing will probably be retained as a campus hub for recreation exercise, however with modifications to the present 7,500 sq ft health gymnasium on the decrease stage that converts this area into an expanded bouldering centre and sports activities membership exercise area.
The 2018-built ARC health gymnasium within the decrease stage of the UBC Life Constructing will probably be built-in into the brand new facility.