Orchard Commons | An Innovative Academic Space for 2016
Orchard Commons will be a new academic and residential space for international and domestic students, with a predicted completion date of summer 2016. The vision behind the building is a creative and innovative space, focused on ease of interaction and flexible learning. The building and exterior space will offer multiple spaces for study sessions, lectures, lunch breaks and socializing. Additional facilities include an outdoor learning space and classrooms with the latest academic technology. Residence housing, creative study spaces and a large cafeteria will be open to all students.
Orchard Commons will be a welcoming space: one that will celebrate diversity, provide support to international students far from home and encourage interaction with the larger campus community. Student experience was a strong guiding principle for the architects from Perkins + Will who designed the future building. Derek Newby, architect with Perkins + Will, thinks the informal spaces, such as the lounges and dining hall, will provide points of interaction for the UBC community: “Our goal has been to create a generous, inviting setting that encourages and enables interaction. The building will act as an inspiring home for UBC Vantage College students, and as an invitation to the campus and community at large.”
The building will prioritize sustainable practices and meet LEED certification. The dynamic social spaces and sustainability initiatives correlate with UBC’s entrepreneurial spirit and environmental focus. Ground broke for the new building as of September 2014, which is located at the intersection of West Mall and Agronomy road. Faculty and staff at UBC Vantage College look forward to sharing the building with UBC Student Housing and Hospitality Services, and welcoming the class of fall 2016 into this exciting, new space!
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Orchard Commons is located at the address previously occupied by Orchard House.