Echo, built by UBC Properties and managed by Village Gate Homes, is a 6-storey wood frame faculty and staff rental building nestled in the heart of Wesbrook Place on Gray Avenue.

Echo is a community-focused complex with a range of 152 studio to 4-bedroom homes allowing for a variety of resident family sizes. City homes on the lower level provide even more space for larger families.

While making full use of the site space with the maximum allowable housing, it has been specifically designed to complement the surrounding environment while adapting to future builds. Blending architecture seamlessly with the landscape, the first two floors are undercut to enhance the pedestrian experience with more open space at the base while strolling through the neighbourhood. The side adjacent to the courtyard is stepped to maximize sunlight to units and public spaces, also creating a unique backdrop.

Echo has indoor and outdoor amenity spaces, including a shared courtyard with Evolve, its sister faculty and staff building, allowing residents to foster connections with their neighbours. The courtyard boasts a BBQ and children’s play area, while the indoor community area features a kitchen perfect for working or socializing. A rooftop amenity area is a lounger’s paradise complete with chairs, benches, lawn area, and BBQ. A sloped grade change allowed for a separate entrance to the parkade designated for strollers and bikes where a bike repair area can be found. A guest suite is available for booking for all Echo residents. All units at Echo are air conditioned — a first for rental homes at UBC Point Grey.

Echo is a testament to UBC’s sustainability goals, utilizing its Residential Environmental Assessment Program (REAP) requirements to include extra bike storage and reduce onsite car parkade size. Focusing on walkability, connections, and integration with its surroundings, Echo is designed for resident livability and to create lasting memories.

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