This month we celebrate UBC’s sustainability achievements, learn about the new Brock Commons construction project, congratulate Scot Hein, urban designer at C+CP, get up-to-date on snow and ice removal on campus, and find out how to avoid constuction road closures on campus.
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Campus and Community Planning
As public stewards, we are accountable for ensuring that any choices made about land, buildings, infrastructure and transportation serve UBC’s core academic mission and advance sustainability. Construction starting near Chancellor Place
Building construction will begin on the Brock Commons (Tall Wood) student residence near Chancellor Place on November 9, 2015. The 18-storey residence is expected to take 20 months to complete and is scheduled to open in September 2017.
A key objective during construction is to minimize the impacts to adjacent residential and academic buildings. To provide the community with more project and construction details a website has been created that will be continually updated as construction progresses at transportation.ubc.ca.
UBC named top Canadian university in sustainability
A forward-thinking sustainability strategy, ambitious greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets and innovative clean energy projects have helped the University of British Columbia’s Vancouver campus earn the highest rating among Canadian universities for sustainability in the newest version of an internationally recognized rating system.
With its second consecutive Gold rating from the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS), an assessment tool developed by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), UBC achieved a score in the top 10 of all institutions currently rated under the latest version of STARS 2.0. Among universities with an enrolment of more than 30,000, UBC rated second-highest overall.
Recognizing creative advancements in sustainability
The numbers say a lot: 643 students, 42 faculty members and 83 staff members participated in UBC’s SEEDS Sustainability Program last year. They worked on projects related to climate, energy, procurement, community, food, water, biodiversity, buildings, wellbeing, health, land, materials, finance, transportation and waste last year alone. And their efforts have not gone unnoticed.
The Program has been awarded the 2015 AASHE Sustainability Award for best Campus Sustainability Case Study for an institution with more than 10,000 students. The award was presented to Liska Richer, SEEDS program manager at the 2015 Conference and Expo in Minneapolis on October 25.
Check out a map that lets you know where work will be taking place on campus on a week-by-week basis, so you can plan your routes accordingly.
The map is available online and updated every Friday, this map details major construction and detour areas and estimated closure or detour timelines for the following week.
Snow and Ice Removal
The leaves have changed colour and fallen off the trees. The days are feeling shorter. Winter is getting closer.
When extreme weather comes to the UBC Point Grey Campus, UBC Building Operations is responsible for managing snow and ice.
Check out how staff keep snow off the roads and walkways safe on campus.
In the event of extreme winter conditions visit www.ubc.ca for the latest campus information.
TransLink’s Transit Network Consultation
TransLink in undertaking a transit network consultation. The purpose is to ensure they deliver on their Area Transit Plans, integrate better connections to the Evergreen extension, decrease travel time on busy routes, extend services where needed, take advantage of infrastructure changes, and make the system more efficient.
Members of the UBC community are invited to participate in the consultation online by visiting TransLink’s website.
The online consultation is open until November 6, 2015.
2015 Advocates Of Architecture Awards
A big congratulations to Scot Hein, Urban Designer at C+CP, for being awarded a 2015 Advocates of Architecture Award – celebrating outstanding citizens who, through their vision and extraordinary efforts in the built environment, have made significant contributions to our society.
Connect with C+CP
Contact us for more information on Campus and Community Planning.