“Our Acadia Park Highrise building had served us well for 45 years. This renewal means UBC can offer an exceptional student family residential environment for the foreseeable future, and it was achieved in a way that supports all three facets of sustainability.”
Director, Facilities and Building Services
David Kiloh, Director, Facilities and Building Services, explains how UBC is creating an exception and sustainable residential environment.
Acadia Park High Rise, part of our student family residence community, was due for a major upgrade. This child-friendly residence promotes healthy families through community activities and programs. An assessment revealed that we were faced with a choice: demolish or renovate.
We chose the latter for social, environmental and financial sustainability reasons. It was quicker, less disruptive, maintained community integrity, and was comparative in cost to a new build but resulted in larger units.
Also, a massive volume of waste was diverted from the landfill.
ACADIA HIGH RISE ENHANCEMENTS
- New ground floor social space with kitchen, designed for
family and children’s gatherings.
- Two larger and improved communal meeting room spaces
for staff-programmed events and resident bookings for
meetings, group projects, study, etc.
- Enhanced study spaces on the penthouse floor with
inspiring views, accessible to all resident students.
- Four new studio suites, enabling more students to live in
- 100 one-bedroom units refurbished and enlarged by
- 48 of the larger one-bedroom units re-designed to provide
a small study/nursery.
- LED light fixtures, high-efficiency boiler, low flush
plumbing features, and building envelop upgrade for better
thermal performance and comfort.