Sustainable future for UBCO

UBC has updated its Okanagan campus plan following 10 years of rapid growth and development

More sustainable, liveable, welcoming and connected. That’s the future for the University of B.C.’s Okanagan campus.

UBC has updated its Okanagan campus plan following 10 years of rapid growth and development on its 105-hectare main campus lands.

“This plan identifies how we can address our future academic and research needs, student housing and associated campus services for the next two decades,” says Deborah Buszard, UBC deputy vice-chancellor and principal of the Okanagan campus.

“We’re grateful to the hundreds of people who helped shape this plan by providing input through public meetings, workshops, and a variety other stakeholder consultations.”

The Okanagan campus has grown dramatically during its first decade, more than doubling student enrolment and tripling floor space, says Buszard.

“The campus plan is not a prescription for growth, but offers a vision for the future of the campus and how its physical environment will evolve,” she notes. “The plan will guide future development and positions UBC to meet and create new opportunities for the Interior.”

The updated plan maps the potential for future campus development through to at least 2030. It replaces the original 2005 campus master plan last revised in 2009.

“Building on our Aspire visioning process last year and campus planning consultations over the past two years, the 2015 plan now becomes a framework for engaging with our partners in a planned, coordinated approach for the future,” said Rob Einarson, associate vice-president, finance and operations.

Key elements of the updated plan include  increased capacity for academic space to meet the existing and future needs for teaching, a research and innovation precinct for industry partners, increased capacity to meet the needs of UBC Okanagan’s growing number of research programs, a commitment to First Nation engagement in the planning of buildings and enhanced an public transit exchange.