UBCO Downtown Campus Construction May Updates

Dayana L. - May 02, 2024

Kelowna, BC - In the aftermath of a construction debacle that shook the community last month, Kelowna is now navigating the path forward amidst lingering uncertainties and newfound challenges. Updates on the situation shed light on both progress and persisting concerns, as the city grapples with the fallout of UBCO downtown campusdevelopment gone awry .

Construction Resumes Amidst Questions

After a brief pause in construction activities, progress at the UBC Okanagan Downtown Campus site has resumed in the beginning of April. Backfilling operations persisted throughout the month, and as of May 1, signs of concrete pouring mark a symbolic step forward. However, amidst this progress, questions linger regarding the safety and integrity of the project, particularly in light of recent events.

Temporary Relocation Offers Some Respite

For the displaced residents of Hadgraft Wilson Place, a glimmer of hope emerged as they were temporarily relocated to a new residence building at Okanagan College campus that was just completed this year. Pathways Abilities Society, in collaboration with Okanagan College, secured a lease extending until mid-August. This temporary reprieve offers a semblance of stability while efforts to assess and address the damage to the original building are underway.

Underground Parkade and Transparency Issues Persist

Amidst the ongoing developments, alterations to the UBCO campus project has become public. A downsizing to a mere two stories from the original 'deepest in Kelowna' four, raising eyebrows and prompting questions about the project's original scope and the motivations behind potential revisions. However, UBC Properties Trust remains tight-lipped, withholding critical information including a decision of not releasing the engineering report conducted in the wake of the evacuations and structural concerns.

Continued Monitoring and Updates

As Kelowna's community navigates through these turbulent times, diligent monitoring of construction progress and transparency in decision-making remain paramount. With each step forward, there is an opportunity to rebuild not just structures but also trust and resilience within the community. As the city forges ahead, it does so with a renewed sense of determination to ensure that future development endeavors prioritize the safety, well-being, and prosperity of all its residents. Stay tuned for further updates as the situation unfolds.


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UBCO Downtown mixed-use Development

550 Doyle Ave, Kelowna, BC

Under Construction 🏗️ 2027

by UBC Properties Trust

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