UBC Reports | Vol. 48 | No. 9 | July
New Fraternity Village to Open in 2003
The University will develop a new Fraternity Village as part of
creating a new residential community at UBC.
"Fraternities are a vibrant part of campus life and we are
excited that we have found a way to create a new Fraternity Village
that will be part of the university town that is emerging at UBC,"
Vice-President, External and Legal Affairs Dennis Pavlich said.
The university is working with campus fraternities and Polygon
Construction Management Limited to provide a cohesive community
of Greek Letter groups while at the same time allowing each fraternity
to express its own individuality on the UBC campus. The new fraternity
residences will be clustered in a village-like setting around a
common courtyard that will serve as a gathering place for formal
and informal events.
UBC has provided the fraternities with a long-term lease on the
new site. Each fraternity is responsible for providing independent
financing with respect to its residence. Construction of the new
Fraternity Village is expected to start this fall with residency
scheduled for September 2003.
"This is a very exciting venture and we have been fortunate
to forge this relationship that will enable us to occupy these new
residences and retain a campus presence for many years to come,"
said James Dixon, a Kappa Sigma alumnus who chaired a negotiating
committee of fraternity alumni.
The sites of the existing fraternity residences around Wesbrook
Mall will be developed as residences for market housing to be built
for UBC by Polygon.
Additional plans to provide a sorority residence on campus are
also under way.