UBC Reports | Vol. 47 | No. 07 | Apr.
Pools on wheels
A free carpool ride-matching system is available via the
Program Centre Web site at www.trek.ubc.ca. Students, staff, and faculty can find rides and passengers easily
and instantly to share and reduce their commuting costs and stress.
goal is to reduce single occupancy vehicles coming to campus by 20 per cent.
The envelope please
A new professorship in the Faculty of Applied Science will help
architects and engineers for the challenges in design and
construction of building
The Polygon Adjunct Professorship in Building Science will build on existing
strengths at UBC and is aimed at forging closer ties with
and research of professionals in the provincial building industry.
It is funded by a partnership between UBC, Polygon Homes Ltd., and
Forintek Canada Corp. Both industry partners have been active in helping to
seek solutions to the envelope failure issue that affects so many
The initiative will be led by the Civil Engineering Dept. and the School of
Architecture in the Faculty of Applied Science. The Dept. of Wood Science in
the Faculty of Forestry will also be involved.
Polygon donated $135,000 and Forintek provided $60,000 to establish the
The name of the UBC Conference Centre has changed to Conferences and
Accommodation at the University of British Columbia.
The name change accompanies a refreshed visual identity for the
properties which include Walter Gage Commons and Towers, Totem Park and Place
Vanier Residences. They will now be promoted as the West Coast
Suites, The Gage
Towers at UBC, The Residences at UBC and Pacific Spirit Hostel
The West Coast Suites are available year-round. The other
facilities are open
to the public from May to August, when students have moved out of
"We provide extensive on campus accommodation, meeting space and
for visitors and groups," says Trish Brown, director of sales and marketing.
Accommodations range from dormitory or hostel-style rooms to full
rates are available as are UBC discounts for individual
visitors on some
For more information call 604-822-1000, or visit www.ubcconferences.com.