Creating an Exceptional and Sustainable Residential Environment

Creating an Exceptional and Sustainable Residential Environment

“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.”

David Kiloh
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.


  • 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
    enclosing balconies.
  • 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.