At the core of many university campuses is a building that houses many of the institutions student services, activities and hospitality spaces. Currently under construction in this central campus area is UBC’s new and expanded AMS Student Union Building (SUB). The $103-million project is an expansion of the existing 1968-built SUB and is largely funded by a hike in student tuition.
The existing SUB has been deemed to be grossly inefficient to serve the needs of the university’s 40,000+ students. The new expansion building will be 250,000 square feet in size, an increase of 50 per cent over the current SUB, over five-storeys and will include over 32,000 square feet of social and recreation space, 25,000 square feet of bookable space, 30,000 square feet of club office space, and over 40,000 square feet of food and retail. When complete, the new building will even include a $50,000 slide to allow people to slide down from floor to floor, similar to such slides found at other universities and office buildings, including the Google headquarters.
The new expansion SUB will open in September 2014, in time for the new school year, and the existing old SUB building will be closed for several months to undergo extensive renovations for conversion into uses, such as additional study areas for students and club spaces.
Video: Fly-through animation of the new UBC AMS Student Union Building. Let us know if you went to the University of British “Colombia.”
Update @ 11:20 am on June 14, 2013: The video seems to have been taken down due to the above noted major spelling error in the video. In its absence, take a look at the architectural renderings via the web link above.
Featured image Source: B+H Architects