April 09, 2011
Sitka adds some height to the 'university city'
The views get better the higher you go in Polygon's latest project
The University of British Columbia's founding architects envisioned the Point Grey campus as a "university city in an idyllic setting." Of course, the idyllic setting was a given, but the "university city" has taken a while to materialize. Now, like neighbouring Metro Vancouver, the bucolic UBC campus is becoming increasingly urban.
The campus residential population is currently 16,500, with 8,000 people living in family housing and 8,500 in student beds. The residential population is projected to be 22,500 -12,500 of that family housing -by 2021, and 40,000 at build-out in 2041. One of UBC's latest residential projects is Sitka, a 14-storey tower with 81 homes being built by Polygon. Although Sitka is Polygon's seventh community at UBC, it is the first since Promontory, a tower built six or seven years ago near Thunderbird Stadium. Sitka is in the heart of the campus, in the east campus neighbourhood, formerly home to fraternity houses that were relocated farther south on Wesbrook Mall. In their place, Polygon constructed a four-storey wood-frame community interwoven with parks and pathways.
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