New Student Housing and Dining

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

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

Construction site depicting vertical elements being constructed on top of a concrete foundation.

Vertical elements in progress at Building 1 level 1 North. Click the "Construction updates photos" expander at the bottom of the "Project updates" section to see more photos!

Construction site depicting vertical structures supporting falsework.

Suspended falsework in progress at Building 1 level 2 South. Click the "Construction updates photos" expander at the bottom of the "Project updates" section to see more photos!

Construction site with an excavator in the right side of the photo, a shipping container in the centre, building scraps all around, and a crane in the distance.

Site overview. Click the "Construction updates photos" expander at the bottom of the "Project updates" section to see more photos!

Construction site with vertical concrete structures sitting on top of a concrete foundation.

Building 1, level 1, concrete structure. Click the "Construction updates photos" expander at the bottom of the "Project updates" section to see more photos!

Construction site as seen from a birds-eye-view showing many vertical concrete structures in the site.

Backfill and under-slab services being installed at Building 1 level 1 Southeast. Click the "Construction updates photos" expander at the bottom of the "Project updates" section to see more photos!

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 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.

The buildings will be located outside of Ring Road, south of the Student Union Building. They are replacing the Cadboro Commons Building as well as two older residence buildings, Margaret Newton and Emily Carr residences.

Sustainability

The project demonstrates UVic’s commitment to sustainability. Design and construction of the new buildings will meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) V4 Gold and Passive House standards, the most rigorous global building standards for sustainability and energy efficiency.

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. Passive House design principles aim to reduce energy consumption, GHG emissions, maintenance costs, and replacement costs by investing in a higher performing building envelope.   

UVic's Sustainability Action Plan: Campus Operations 2020-2021 highlights specific energy-related goals that will ultimately help foster a culture of energy conservation on campus using innovative technologies:

  • Achieve a total institutional GHG emissions reduction of 30%, relative to 2010 as the baseline year. 
  • Reduce campus electrical intensity by 18%, relative to 2010 as the baseline year.
  • Reduce campus natural gas consumption by 30%, relative to 2010 as the baseline year.

In addition, UVic has started two planning projects to identify longterm emission reduction strategies and help to achieve the university's Strategic Framework priority to "Promote Sustainable Futures". The Student Housing and Dining Project will contribute to UVic's longterm emission reduction through many decarbonization strategies, including:

Passive House explained

Not sure what a Passive House is? Watch this video to see it explained in 90 seconds!

Kitchen electrification

Opting for electric kitchen equipment instead of the industry standard gas-based equipment will decrease the projected GHG emissions for Building 1 by 83%. 

Exhaust hood efficiency

Exhaust hoods used in the kitchen area of Building 1 will only ramp up when cooking activity is occurring beneath them. Appliances that have a similar design and cooking schedules will be grouped together beneath the hoods to minimize usage.

The hoods will also be shielded on three sides to reduce the volume of air being exhausted. This will result in less new air entering the building to replace exhausted air, and therefore less energy needed to heat/cool new air entering the building

Heat recovery

In any building or household, there is waste heat emitted from various sources, such as showers or rejected refrigerator/freezer heat. The Student housing and Dining buildings will capture this waste heat using Heat Recovery Ventilation (HRV) devices, and re-use it to warm incoming fresh air. This will significantly reduce the energy used for space heating in each building. 

Low-carbon domestic hot water

Electric Air Source Heat Pumps are being used to heat water in both buildings instead of natural gas energy from the District Energy System. In addition, the pipes transporting water will be shorter in length and have increased insulation to minimize heat loss. The combination of these strategies will result in an 88% reduction of GHGs associated with the process of heating water.  

Mixed mode cooling approach by zone

There will be a custom combination of passive and mechanical cooling strategies used in each different area of the the buildings (e.g. dining hall, student dorms, etc.).

This “mixed mode” zone approach will result in significant energy savings.  For example, the dining hall in Building 1 will have openable windows, strategic solar shading (blinds), and mechanical cooling available when necessary. This will result in 80% less energy used to cool the dining hall compared to a fully mechanical approach.  

Mass timber

Wood is incorporated into 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.

 

Project updates

Work at the main project site began in January 2020. Excavation of both buildings is underway and construction of the Building 1 envelop will begin in spring 2021. Construction of both buildings will continue until early 2023, with move-in for student residences occurring in September 2022 for Building 1 and September 2023 for Building 2. UVic is committed to the safety of faculty, staff, students and visitors. Please use caution and obey signs in construction areas.

Construction update photos

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Site overview. Photo taken on Nov. 13, 2020 from the SE site corner, looking NW. 

Image provided by Gerry Underhill, Project Manager.

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Building 1, level 1, concrete structure. Photo taken Nov. 13, 2020.

Image provided by Gerry Underhill, Project Manager.

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Building 1, level 1 shear walls. Photo taken Nov. 9, 2020. 

Image provided by Gerry Underhill, Project Manager.

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Building 1, level 1 shear walls. Photo taken on Nov. 6, 2020.

Image provided by Gerry Underhill, Project Manager.

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Suspended falsework in progress at Building 1 level 2 South. 

Photo taken Oct. 2020 and provided by EllisDon Kinetic.

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Backfill and under-slab service installation at Building 1 level 1 South. 

Photo taken in Oct. 2020 and provided by EllisDon Kinetic.

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Backfill and under-slab services being installed at Building 1 level 1 Southeast.

Photo taken in Oct. 2020 and provided by EllisDon Kinetic. 

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Vertical elements in progress at Building 1 level 1 North.

Photo taken in Oct. 2020 and provided by EllisDon Kinetic.

 

 

 

 

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A drone photo of the project site from March 2021.
A site tour led by Sidney Reist, engineering alumna and project coordinator, showing the progress on UVic’s student housing and dining project. One of the biggest Passive House projects in the province, the first building will open in Sept. 2022, with project completion in fall 2023.
Time-lapse of construction for Building 1 from Nov 27 2020 to Feb 27 2021. Video provided by Thomas Froese, UVic Professor and Director of Engineering Education in the Department of Civil Engineering.

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 required the deconstruction of the 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.   

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.

 

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. An Indigenous land blessing took place in early 2020, and the design process included significant consultation with Elders. 

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

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

The 500-seat 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

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Photo of the Modular Dining Facility, provided by UVic Photo Services.

 

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.