UBCO Downtown will be an iconic 43-storey multi-use landmark at Doyle Ave and St Paul St in Kelowna, redefining its skyline as the tallest building between Vancouver and Calgary.
It will breathe new life into the growing tech and culture districts of the area as a world-class learning, research, living, and working facility.
The building will house eight storeys of academic space with state-of-the-art fixings, including the School of Social Work and School of Nursing, both critical to meeting the local and provincial need for more health professionals. The location will provide greater engagement between students, the community, and partners in the downtown core such as Interior Health and the Kelowna General Hospital.
Housing will consist of 473 rental studio, one and two-bedroom units with full kitchens and bathrooms designed to be suitable for university students and the community alike.
Connecting the community, UBCO Downtown will feature public spaces including an open concept atrium, art gallery, and public engagement suite for interdisciplinary programming. As parking is underground, the entire ground floor is dedicated to cafes, retailers, and gathering spaces adding to the dynamic bustling core.
UBCO Downtown is thoughtfully designed to reflect the natural ethos of Kelowna with warm earth tones, mountainous landscapes, and shimmering lakes with boat sails. We worked closely with UBC, the City of Kelowna, and community stakeholders, to finalize the proposed building height at 43 storeys.
Planned with our environment in mind, the building will exemplify UBC’s standard for sustainability and climate commitments and expect to achieve LEED Gold certification and Step 3 of the BC Energy Step Code, and will feature a solar wall on the south façade. The single greatest contributor to GHG emissions at UBCO is commuting to and from campus as outlined in UBCO’s Climate Action Plan. The downtown campus will reduce commutes with housing in the same building, as well as its close proximity to cycling and direct mass transit routes.
UBCO Downtown will be an iconic landmark and innovation hub enriching the future of the region for years to come.