Continuing Studies Building addition
On April 21, 2016 the new addition was officially opened with a celebration event at the Continuing Studies Building. The new facility includes executive classrooms and language labs, as well as study, pronunciation and writing centres.
An addition to the Continuing Studies building was approved as a university capital project at the Board of Governors meeting in May. It will provide expanded space for the English Language Centre's Pathways Program for international students. As well, Continuing Studies currently has a shortage of space for other program offerings that will be accommodated with the addition and building renovations. The project will increase the size of the current building, which was opened in 2003, by approximately 72%. A program of requirements, which outlines the building spaces, uses and services has been completed and next steps include the preparation of the schematic design and arrangements for community consultation.
Open House - October 8th, 2013
A drop-in open house was held from 3:00 - 7:00 pm in the Student Union Building, Michele Pujol Room, on Tuesday, October 8th. The purpose of the event was to present information and answer questions regarding the project and the development approval process for the addition.
To view the informational boards from the open house, click here.
The Community Engagement Framework report provides for a consistent methodology to be used to determine the overall approach to an engagement program for campus land use planning and development projects. The project has been assessed using Table 4.1 (see green highlighting). Table 4.1 - Engagement Approach
An engagement approach, primarily in the inform category has been determined for this project, based on the nature of the project relative to the criteria listed and a review of the likely impacts. It also includes consultation activities given the need for the project to obtain development variance permit approvals from the District of Saanich. They relate to the building height as the project will be attached to the current Continuing Studies building, which at 14.8 metres, exceeds the Zoning Bylaw building height maximum limit of 10 metres. As the Bylaw also requires that the project provide one new parking stall for each additional 50m2 of new building space, a variance from this regulation will also be needed. The university's development variance permits are scheduled to be submitted in October, when the building schematic design is completed and more detailed project information is available.
The engagement approach is intended to provide key information to stakeholders and interested parties on and off campus and to accommodate input and feedback that can assist in advancing the project to design completion, final development approval and construction in 2014.
Development Variance Permit Application
A development variance permit application was submitted to the District of Saanich on October 28, 2013.
The District of Saanich zoning bylaw requires that a development variance permit be obtained for campus building projects that exceed 10 metres in height. Although the addition is 13m, with a lower level and two levels above grade, it is lower than the current three storey building height of 14.8m which was approved as part of the construction of the Continuing Studies Building in 2002. The proposed addition design complements the size, massing and exterior treatment of the existing building.
As no new parking spaces are to be constructed for the project, a variance of 63 spaces was also part of the university's application. Parking demand related to the building addition is anticipated to be minimal given the use of the majority of the new space for the English Language Centre and by international students. Parking spaces are also available in close proximity to the building and the project will provide new bike parking spaces and is close to the campus transit exchange and the bike centre. The project is consistent with the university's ongoing efforts to reduce motor vehicle traffic and congestion and to encourage increased bus use, cycling and walking for travel to and from the campus.
A presentation on the project was provided to the Saanich Advisory Design Panel on January 22, 2014. It is available here. The Panel, in its meeting minutes, indicated their support for the design. "It was the consensus of the members present that it be recommended that the design of the addition of the Continuing Studies Building at the University of Victoria, 3800 Finnerty Road, be accepted."
The variance permit for the project was approved by Saanich Council on May 5, 2014. A copy of the university's presentation at the Council meeting is available here.
Information session May 21, 2014
An information session on the construction plans for the Building Addition was held May 21 at the Administrative Services Building. A copy of the notice is available here.
Construction of the building addition is expected to be initiated by the general contractor in early July 2014. As of December 2015, completion of the project is scheduled for March 2016.