New Student Housing and Dining

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East-facing rendering of the new Student Housing and Dining buildings

The Student Housing and Dining Project will provide much-needed housing and a  new dining facility for 621 students who are currently living off-campus. The project is the first significant capital project since the Campus Plan was renewed in 2016. This important project will build on the ideas generated through the Campus Plan and will help achieve our vision as not only an extraordinary academic environment, but also a vibrant and sustainable community that nurtures student experience and well-being.

The project demonstrates UVic’s commitment to sustainability. Design and construction of the new buildings will meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold and Passive House standards, the most rigorous global building standards for sustainability and energy efficiency. A rejuvenated outdoor area will implement the Campus Greenway, an east-west multi-modal corridor, and connect the new student housing and dining project to the centre of campus.

Given the demand for housing on campus and low vacancy rates in the community the construction manager, Ellis Don Kinetic (EDK), was asked to explore options to expedite the project. EDK determined the best approach to significantly reduce the project schedule was to compress the project timelines to one phase. As a result, all deconstruction will occur at once and a Modular Dining Facility (MOD) will be installed for use until the new dining facility in Building 1 is operational. Building 1 will be completed in fall 2022 and Building 2 in early 2023.

Project updates

Beginning in January 2020, the project will become more visible – with the installation of fencing at the project site and closure of Parking Lot B in February 2020 for the installation of the Modular Dining Facility (MOD). UVic is committed to the safety of faculty, staff and visitors. Please use caution and obey signs in construction areas. 

Installation of the Modular Dining Facility is scheduled to begin in May 2020, to minimize disruption to the campus community. It will be installed over the summer and be operational by September 2020. 

Project schedule updates will be posted via this website. 

What will the new buildings look like? 

Student housing and dining building 1 rendering

Rendering of Building 1, featuring the servery and dining hall on  levels 1 and 2 and new Campus Greenway plaza. 

 

Location and landscaping

Building 1: Located to the south of the Student Union Building, this site will require the deconstruction of Emily Carr Residence and Margaret Newton Residence. The new building will include a dining hall and servery on the main floor with student housing on the upper floors. This site will be developed first.

Building 2: The construction of a new student residence on this site will require the deconstruction of the existing Cadboro Commons building. The new building will include conference, meeting and academic space on the main floor with student housing on the upper floors.

Student housing and dining site plan.
The student housing and dining project site plan.

The landscape design is an extension of the east-west Campus Greenway Landscape Plan and Design Guidelines and new north-south Greenway. 

Dining Hall and Food Services

The new 600-seat dining hall, multi-purpose room, kitchen, c-store, coffee shop and servery will be located on the lower two floors of Building 1.

The use of wood structure and finishes are a design driver within the social spaces of these areas. Wood has a historical connection to the site and draws upon the material and building traditions of the area. In addition, the use of wood structure and finishes connects the indoor and outdoor spaces.
In addition, the use of wood structure and finishes connects the indoor and outdoor spaces.  

Rendering of the new dining hall
Exterior rendering of the dining hall's first floor featuring wood finishes and social seating areas.
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Rendering of the dining hall's second floor. 
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Rendering of the dining hall's second floor facing south towards the Campus Greenway.
Rendering of coffee shop in Building 1
Rendering of the new coffee shop.

 

Student rooms

The two new student housing buildings will include 783 beds. 621 of these will be new beds for students currently living off-campus and 162 will replace beds from existing inventory.

The buildings will offer traditional dorm rooms, and new "community-living" style rooms which include single rooms with a shared kitchen and living area. To learn more about the university's on-campus residence options, visit the Residence Services site.

 

Spirit of place

The project has prioritized opportunities to recognize and preserve the spirit of place inherited from the past, and connect students to Indigenous communities and the history of traditional territories where UVic resides.

The new buildings will serve as a tool for Indigenous education, both in aspects of the design and through signage, storytelling and programming. For example, the Indigenous student lounge and landscape in building 2 will support a variety of Indigenous engaged learning programs including storytelling and community building.

To learn more about the university's Indigenous student engagement, visit the Indigenous Academic and Community Engagement site

Sustainability

In support of the university's commitment to sustainability, the project is targeting Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) V4 Gold and Passive House certification. 

Passive House design principles aim to reduce energy consumption, GHG emissions, maintenance costs, and replacement costs by investing in a higher performing building envelope. LEED V4 is an internationally recognized, third party rating system based on energy and environmental principles, which balance knowledge from established practices and emerging concepts. 

In addition, wood is incorporated in to the building designs through the use of a mass timber structure in Building 1 and the wood finishes in Building 2. The use of wood as a primary building material significantly offsets the carbon footprint of the project. 

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Rendering of mass timber structure and wood finishes in the second floor of the new dining hall. 

 

Classrooms and conference space

Two classrooms, conference facilities and meeting spaces will be located on the first two floors of Building 2. 

Rendering of the new classroom
Rendering of tiered-classroom featuring project screens and ceiling wood acoustical panels. 

Modular Dining Facility (MOD)

The 500-seat Modular Dining Facility will be operational from September 2020 to July 2022, when the permanent dining facility in the new student housing building opens. The Facility will provide a full and diverse range of food service options at the same or higher quality than the options currently available in the Cadboro Commons dining hall. To learn more about the university's food services options, visit the University Food Services site

Learn more about the Modular Dining Facility

Where will it be located?

The Modular Dining Facility will be located in parking lot B - inside Ring Road, adjacent to the Bob Wright Centre and McPherson Library/Mearns Centre.

When is it being installed?

The installation of the Modular Dining Facility has been scheduled to begin in May 2020, to minimize disruption to the campus community. It will be installed over the summer and be operational by September 2020. It will remain in place until July 2022, when the permanent dining facility in the new student residence building opens.

For further information contact Mike Wilson, Director – Campus Planning and Sustainability at 250-472-5433 or planning@uvic.ca

 

Community engagement is an essential part of planning for the student housing and dining project. The campus and neighbourhood association engagement process followed the university’s Community Engagement Framework. 

During the planning phase, we engaged with over 1,200 campus and community members. 

In addition, the project team regularly engaged with the neighbouring community through presentations at the Community Association Liaison Committee.