Site Tour – Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre

Site Tour – Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm


The development of the University Boulevard neighbourhood is intended to create a gateway to the campus as well as its heart and to reflect the University’s innovation in campus planning and academics. The 40,000 square foot, 12-million (construction cost) UBC Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre will provide street level vitality and energy while establishing a landmark building for the University and its alumni.

The Centre will contain a welcome centre, learning facilities, meeting spaces, banquet facility, dedicated meeting space for UBC’s Board of Directors, offices and a retail café, and is slated for occupancy in spring 2015. The Centre will be welcoming for alumni and students; its timeless design will express the collective values, legacy and aspirations of the institution and its alumni.

The design of this project is a collaboration of Hughes Condon Marler Architects and KPMB Architects (Toronto).

The site tour’s introduction will be by Daniel Philippot, associate in charge on the side of Hughes Condon Marler. He and Elena Chernyshov, an architect working on the project from Hughes Condon Marler team, will lead two tour groups elaborating on particulars of spaces and construction. The project is being built by Syncra Construction Corp and its representatives will be in attendance.

Date and Time:

September 16, site orientation and intro at 5: 30 (meet at site trailer – entrance off East Mall); tour @ 6pm sharp.

We will follow up the construction site tour with a get-together at a local restaurant, Mahony and Sons, 5990 University Boulevard,  for those interested.


40 people – 2 groups of 20.

Entry fee:

Free of Charge. Registration required – registration starts on September 1st.


NE corner of University Boulevard and East Mall.


  • This is an active construction site and a visitor safety orientation will be provided.
  • You are required to bring/wear steel-toed boots, hard hat, and safety vest. You will not be able to enter if you are missing any one of these items.

The Interior Design Show West

IDSwest, September 25-28, 2014

The Interior Design Show West (IDSwest) is Western Canada’s annual premiere residential design show featuring 250 exhibitors showcasing quality products and services to an audience of industry professionals, architects, designers, consumers and media. Early bird deadline September 5.

For more information visit IDSwest.


2014 Building Access Handbook

The Building Access Handbook 2014 is now available for your reference and can be found on our website. The content of the new handbook has been updated, from the 2007 edition, to align with the 2012 BC Building Code. This update also includes adaptable housing guidelines, which were added to the BC Building Code in 2009. The illustrations and commentary in this handbook have been prepared to assist users of the British Columbia Building Code to understand the diversity and complexity of the “Building Requirements for Persons with Disabilities,” contained in Section 3.8 of Division B and elsewhere throughout the Code.

This handbook gives users background information on the reasons for certain requirements. It also gives suggestions, through text and illustrations, on how many of the requirements can be implemented. With this kind of information it is hoped that users will have a better understanding of, and appreciation for, the Code requirements for persons with disabilities and be better able to design and construct accessible buildings.