EllisDon Kinetic selected for student housing and dining facility in Canada


EllisDon Kinetic (EDK), a joint venture of EllisDon Corporation and Kinetic Construction, has won a contract from the University of Victoria to provide construction management services for the $135m New Student Housing and Dining Facility in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

The phased project will provide on-campus housing for approximately 780 students.

The university has selected two sites, Phase 1 – Ring Road and Phase 2 Cadboro Commons – to accommodate the two new buildings, which will provide approximately 780 student housing beds; academic and social programming; dining hall and servery programming; and extension of the ‘Grand Promenade’ between the new buildings.

EllisDon and Kinetic have been working together since 2006, partnering for the construction of several large scale, complex projects in Victoria.

Currently, EDK is completing the multi-phase expansion of the Fleet Maintenance Facility at CFB Esquimalt. The two companies have also worked on the Hillside Shopping Centre Redevelopment.

The new housing on campus will respond to a range of student needs, including people with a wide range of physical abilities.

It will include a variety of room types and layouts, including traditional dorm rooms and ‘pod’ style living, which includes single rooms with a shared kitchen and living areas.

In line with the University of Victoria’s Sustainability Action Plan, EDK is assisting the university in exploring sustainable processes and systems, including Passive House Certification, LEED Certification, and BC Energy Step Code.

EllisDon pre-construction vice president Daniel Murphy said: “EllisDon and Kinetic are proud to be a part of this exciting project working with the University of Victoria.

“The New Student Housing and Dining Facility is the first significant capital project since the Campus Plan was renewed in 2016.”

Pre-construction has already begun with substantial completion of Phase 1 expected to be reached in July 2022 followed by Phase 2 in July 2024.

Kinetic Construction president and CEO Tom Plumb said: “Kinetic and EllisDon are extremely excited to be the chosen construction partners of UVIC to provide this landmark project.

“This marks a new era for the UVIC campus as they move forward with the largest project they have undertaken.”


Image: A rendering of the student housing and dining facility in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Photo: Courtesy of EllisDon Corporation.

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