Brock Commons Construction

Brock Commons Phase 2 Architectural Rendering

Facing east from the Buchanan Building: 1. Brock Commons Phase Two / 2. Tallwood House / 3. Arts Student Centre

With the addition of 600 new beds for students, Brock Commons Phase 2 will help us meet the significant demand for on-campus student housing at UBC’s Vancouver campus. This new residence project will also support the wider campus community through the incorporation of important child care, food service and social spaces.

Brock Commons will further animate and deepen the sense of community in this northeast area of campus, which includes a number of new and heritage residence areas, educational and arts facilities, recreation centres and campus life amenities.

Applying to live in Tallwood House?

If you’re planning to add Brock Commons – Tallwood House to your preferences in your residence application, you should know that residents of this area will likely be impacted by this construction project. We want you to make an informed decision when you apply.

Project Details

Location

The construction site is located to the west of Tallwood House, along Walter Gage Road, between the Allard School of Law and Brock Hall.

Construction Timeline

Construction begins July 2021.
Construction is expected to be complete in 2023 (North building) and 2024 (South building).

Ongoing schedule

Construction will typically occur during UBC’s standard approved hours of work: Monday–Friday, 7:30 am–7 pm, and Saturday, 9 am–5 pm.
Some workers will arrive on-site before the construction start time to begin getting ready for their day.

Construction hours may be extended (e.g., earlier start time; extended to Sundays) to ensure the project is completed on time.

Noise & disruptions for Tallwood House residents

Residents of Tallwood House should expect to hear noise from heavy equipment, industrial traffic and construction.

There are also pedestrian and vehicle traffic disruptions in the area, along with an increased level of dust. Some residents will be less affected, if their units do not face directly toward the construction area.

As you are likely aware, construction at UBC is an everyday activity, and safe, prudent construction practices are always followed. Nevertheless, while UBC can reduce the impact to residents and the campus community, it cannot be avoided altogether.

Questions?

Are you offering a discount?
No. While Tallwood House is in close proximity to the construction area, construction at UBC is an everyday occurrence that we should all be prepared for — and that the UBC community will ultimately benefit from.
What if I don't want to live near a construction site?
If you do not want to live near the Brock Commons construction site, we recommend that you do not indicate Tallwood House as a preference in your application.
How noisy will my room be?
While construction noise will be kept within reasonable limits, every person responds to noise and disruption differently. With that in mind, we cannot anticipate how noisy your particular room will be or how the construction noise will affect you.
Will any units in Tallwood House not be affected?
Any resident of Tallwood House might experience some noise disruptions in their unit or another part of their residence area.
What if I move into Tallwood House and the disruptions are worse than I expected?

If you choose to move into Tallwood House, but you find the impact of noise to be more than you bargained for, you still have a couple of options:

  • First, speak to your RLM for strategies to minimize the impact of noise disruptions
  • Ultimately, if you would prefer to live elsewhere, you can apply for a room transfer.

Have additional questions? Email yearround@housing.ubc.ca.