UVic breaks ground on $174m student housing and dining hall project

WCN Editorial Team 28 Jul 2020 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

The University of Victoria (UVic) in British Colombia, Canada has broken ground on new C$232.4m ($173.6m) student housing and dining project.

Scheduled to be opened by 2022, the new student housing and dining project will be located outside of Ring Road south of the Student Union Building.

The project will create 783 beds, including 621 new beds and 162 replacement beds as well as a 600-seat dining hall, commercial kitchen, small grocery and new coffee shop to replace Cadboro Commons.

The project will also include a wide range of meeting rooms, informal gathering places, classrooms and a designated Indigenous student lounge.

Other amenities of the project include student group and study spaces, communal social spaces, laundry facilities and secure indoor bicycle storage.

During the new dining hall construction, a temporary 500-seat modular dining facility for students is planned to be operational from September 2020 to July 2022.

BC Provincial Government Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training Melanie Mark said: “Today, we are celebrating an important milestone for students at UVic and fulfilling our government’s commitment to building 5,000 new student housing units across the province.

“After years of neglect and calculated inaction on this file by the previous government, I am proud to say that this new state-of-the-art sustainable student housing project is ahead of schedule and soon nearly 800 students will have an affordable place to call home.”

The new student housing and dining hall will replace the Emily Carr, Margaret Newton and Cadboro Commons buildings, which are being deconstructed.

UVic campus planning and sustainability director Mike Wilson said: “We are moving ahead this summer with deconstruction of the old buildings, and people will start to see the structural forms of Building 1 going up by September.

“It is a very large site, so it is relatively easy for the crews to maintain the physical distancing requirements.”

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Illustration of the new buildings. (Credit: University of Victoria)

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