UVic's 600-units of new student housing will push campus buildings to new heights
MIKE KOZAKOWSKI, CITIFIED.CA
Published November 15, 2018
Several years after its last on-campus housing project was completed the University of Victoria (UVic) has embarked on a plan to deliver modern residences for 785 graduate and undergraduate students by the first half of the 2020’s.
Proposed for land south of the Student Union Building along the outside perimeter of Ring Road, the university has envisioned two residential towers rising to nine and eleven-storeys at heights of 32.5 and 38.5 meters, respectively. Both will become the tallest buildings on campus.
Two residential buildings (Emily Carr Residence and Margaret Newton Residence) containing some 165-beds along with the Cadboro Commons cafeteria will be demolished to make way for construction estimated to begin in 2020 with completion by late 2024 or early 2025.
The new residences will increase UVic's on-campus housing by just over 600-beds and push its total dormitory units to 2900. The university also maintains 121 on-campus cluster housing units and townhomes, and 46 self-contained apartments.
The new buildings, designed by architectural firm Perkins+Will, will feature a varied assortment of room types, a new dining hall, classroom spaces and meeting rooms. The area surrounding both residences will be re-envisioned as a "welcoming" outdoor space linking to main pedestrian thoroughfares on campus via a new pathway called Grand Promenade.
The university is conducting its final round of community consultations prior to submitting its formal application to the District of Saanich. Approvals are anticipated by mid-2019 with a construction start the following year.
The on-campus residences are in addition to a residential complex currently in the approvals stage in downtown Victoria that will deliver approximately 60-units of rental apartments geared towards UVic students.
The project is a partnership between Vancouver, BC-based Chard Development and the university. C
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