UBC is getting a new recreation centre designed by SHAPE Architecture, located next to the former SUB building.

The new UBC Rec Centre will measure 101,000 square feet and include a fitness centre, three gyms, an indoor track, multipurpose rooms and administrative offices. 

Fly-through video

The project will qualify as LEED Gold. Special attention was paid to solar shading, with the majority of glazing located on the north-facing side of the building, with minimal glazing on the south side of the building, sheltered by overhangs. 

The project is being made possible by a $22.5 million dollar donation from the UBC Alma Mater Society, with UBC hoping to raise an additional $5 million towards the project.

Renderings: New UBC Rec Centre

North entrance. Credit: Shape Architecture
New UBC Rec Centre location
Location on campus. Credit: Shape Architecture
New UBC Rec Centre rendering
Rendering of the new Rec Centre. Credit: Shape Architecture
Rendering of southeast corner
Southeast corner. Credit: Shape Architecture
New UBC Rec Centre rendering
Interface between Life Building and the new recreation centre. Credit: Shape Architecture
New UBC Rec Centre rendering
Rendering of through passage. Credit: Shape Architecture

New gateway building also in the works

The new rec centre is not the only project coming to this area of campus. Perkins and Will have designed a new health sciences and research building at the gateway to campus, at University Blvd. and Wesbrook Mall.

The new building will house the School of Nursing, the School of Kinesiology, Integrated Student Health Services, and UBC Health and Language Sciences.

Editor’s note: Peter Meiszner is an employee of the University of British Columbia.


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