September 29, 2023


A Home Grown Success

Development of 12-storey mass-timber scholar housing underway at BCIT

An artist’s rendering of the future Tall Timber Student Housing developing at BCIT’s Burnaby campus. BCIT

BCIT is growing its housing choices for the first time in 40 decades, with construction underway on a new setting up that will property 470 pupils on campus.

The provincial governing administration explained in a press launch before this week that it is offering $108.5 million in the direction of the enhancement, which will come with a complete cost tag of approximately $120 million.

The 12-storey Tall Timber Pupil Housing setting up will include studios, non-public rooms with shared bathrooms and kitchens, and widespread areas like research spaces and student lounges.

“The use of mass timber development will ensure this is a sustainable building as perfectly as a gorgeous centrepiece for the Burnaby campus,” the institute mentioned on its web-site.

The BC govt observed that the building has been intended to mirror the cultures of community Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Very first Nations as very well.

The home, expected to be accomplished in spring 2025, will far more than double the range of out there student housing beds on BCIT’s Burnaby campus from 329 to 799.

BCIT has stated growing inexpensive housing at the Burnaby campus (the largest of its five campuses, and one in which a lot of learners commute to from across the Decrease Mainland) is one of the institutes’ priorities.

The school’s 2018 campus plan indicates that it would want to insert 400-500 new pupil beds on campus by 2023, and established a focus on of 2,500 beds of a variety of types by 2040—approximately 12% of the envisioned enrollment by that time. The housing would include things like complete-phrase housing, small-expression housing for students in brief classes, and household-oriented housing.

The program also indicates that if demand and occupancy in the Tall Timber developing is higher, a new established of 400 or so beds could be created and then the aged making could be demolished.

Meanwhile, rental housing for customers of the general public could also be on the table in excess of the up coming couple of decades.

BCIT entered into a memorandum of comprehending (MOU) with the City of Burnaby past calendar year to “set out a framework for the thing to consider of long term development on parts of the BCIT Campus to permit likely takes advantage of that are presently not permitted in the P6 BCIT District”.

Development below that MOU could incorporate purpose-developed rental housing for folks not component of the BCIT neighborhood, as perfectly as a proposed lodge that could host meetings, conferences, and limited-expression guests to campus.

The MOU states that whilst the city isn’t essentially opposed to approving developments like these, it would have to take into account them on a web-site-precise basis.

The provincial funding is element of BC’s Houses for Persons action system. The authorities has dedicated to developing 12,000 pupil housing beds on campuses across the province to relieve pressures on area rental markets, and claims 7,766 of people beds are now designed or are underway.