University Club gets a facelift

The University Club’s picturesque pond is usually a tranquil oasis on the south side of campus. Over the past few months, the pond has provided a backdrop for a small army of contractors working on a complete makeover of the building exterior.

As part of an $850,000 upgrade, the entire building envelope has been replaced, including new windows, doors, exterior cedar siding and shake roof.

“We wanted to maintain the West Coast feel of the building, but have installed high-efficiency double pane windows and doors that we expect to result in a major increase in energy efficiency," says general manager Dan Angus. “Construction has gone very smoothly, and it looks like a brand new building.”

Founded in 1967 as the Faculty Club, the University Club was originally located in a former army hut at the corner of McKenzie Avenue and Finnerty Road. As membership grew the demands for a better facility grew with it, and the current building opened to members on May 16, 1982.

“The Club is flourishing, with just over 1,300 members, and we are celebrating our 45th anniversary this year. Membership is available to faculty, staff, retirees, corporations and also to Victoria community members—that’s a best-kept secret. We have a spectacular location, great service and are a fun club to be a part of,” says Angus. UVic employees and alumni are eligible for a one-year free membership.

Now that the exterior renovations are complete, Angus is looking forward to refreshing the inside of the building, including updating the washrooms.

Angus invites members to a special reception on Saturday, Nov. 24, to celebrate the facility’s new image. Other upcoming events include the Wonderful World of Beer club on Nov. 15, and a Celebration of Wine and Food on Nov. 17.


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