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UBC Reports | Vol. 47 | No. 09 | May 10, 2001

Downtown campus edges toward reality

Robson Square plans include library, bookstore, and computer labs

With program and space planning now complete, UBC has moved a step closer to realizing its vision of a downtown campus at Robson Square.

The university plans to develop 20,400 square metres on two levels of Robson Square located in the 800-block of Robson Street between Hornby and Howe Streets.

The proposal contains plans for classrooms, computer labs, board and seminar rooms, and theatre, office and meeting space.

The Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration and UBC Continuing Studies, two core program providers, are working with colleagues from all units at UBC to develop innovative educational programs designed for the thousands of people who live or work in the downtown core.

"The increasing emphasis on knowledge has created immense demand for a wide range of lifelong learning and career upgrading opportunities," says UBC President Martha Piper.

"UBC is well-positioned to meet this demand, and at the same time provide an urban gateway for more people to access UBC's rich cultural and intellectual resources."

In addition to specialized programs, UBC at Robson Square will offer a variety of services, including the UBC Bookstore and UBC Library, life and career planning, fine arts exhibits and performances, as well as a wide range of public lecture series reflecting community and cultural themes.

The establishment of a strong downtown presence is one of the principal strategies articulated in Trek 2000, UBC's vision document for the 21st century.

"We have successfully completed a very critical process in one of the most important and exciting developments in the history of UBC," says Commerce Prof. Stanley Hamilton, chair of the Robson Square Transition Team.

"Not only have we completed the first phase of our planning for this landmark project, but the support and encouragement we have received from various campus and community groups has been very encouraging."

The university is now working together with the landlord, BC Building Corp. and the City of Vancouver on the development permit process, with an eye to beginning renovations in late spring.

For more information visit www.robsonsquare.ubc.ca or call 604-UBC-4YOU (604-822-4968).


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