Pacific Residence is UBC’s latest residence project, which will help us meet the significant demand for on-campus student housing at UBC’s Vancouver campus.
In addition to 1,000 new beds for students, Pacific (set to open in 2021 and 2022) will include new academic and social spaces to support community and connectivity outside of the classroom. This residence will further enhance the vibrance and vitality of this northeast area of campus, which—with the recent completion of the AMS Nest, UBC Life Building, Aquatic Centre, bus exchange, and Exchange Residence—is fast becoming a dynamic urban hub.
Applying to live in Gage, Exchange or Pacific?
If you’re planning to add Gage, Exchange or Pacific to your preferences in your residence application, you should know that residents of these areas will likely be impacted by this construction project. We want you to make an informed decision when you apply.
The construction site is located on the south side of Walter Gage residence (along Student Union Boulevard), on the east side of Walter Gage residence (along Wesbrook Mall), and on the northeast corner of Wesbrook Mall and Walter Gage Road.
*Construction hours may be extended – for example, extended to Sundays – to ensure the project is completed on time.
Noise & disruptions for Gage, Exchange and Pacific residents
Residents at Walter Gage, Exchange and Pacific (Buildings 1 & 2) residences should expect to hear noise from heavy equipment, industrial traffic and construction – and beginning in late-2020, additional noise as the concrete plaza at the south entrance to the Walter Gage Commonsblock is excavated to prepare for a redesigned courtyard.
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 onto an area under construction.
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.
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