Gameplan Strategy Enters Next Phase

In September 2017, the Board of Governors approved in principle GamePlan: UBC’s 20 Year Recreation and Athletics Facilities Strategy, including concepts for the following capital projects:

  • Rebuilt Thunderbird Stadium
  • New recreation fitness centre
  • Renewed or rebuilt varsity War Memorial Gym
  • Academic space
  • New baseball stadium

 

GamePlan was developed between late 2015 and early 2017 by Athletics and Recreation and supported by Campus and Community Planning. A inter-departmental Steering Committee provided strategic oversight of the planning process and a working group directed the work of the technical team and consultants. This has been an inredible exciting time for us for the team at UBC Recreation as there has been elevated interest in the value of sport and recreation on campus.

The Gameplan project has created a 20 year vision for capital facilities to support UBC’s delivery of outstanding sport and recreation experiences as well as academic programs at the Point Grey campus to support wellbeing and the student experience. It supports UBC’s commitment to wellbeing by meeting a growing need for recreational fitness, gymnasium and related academic space, and for addressing aging campus facilities.

One of the most exciting components of the GamePlan 20 year vision is the new Recreation project (up to 40,000 square feet of fitness, a triple gymnasium, studio space and admin space) combined with a reimagined War Memorial Gymnasium (varsity space) and a consolidation of Kiniseology programs on campus. The vision is that this facility can be the hub for sport, health and integration. Envision student recreation actvity taking place next to sport researchers working in labs, right next to high performance programs. We are also in active discussions with national partners (Canadian Sport Institute) on creating a centre in this complex.

The exciting component of this shared vision is that we are not only looking at the capital synergies, but how we collectively work together in an integrated way to create something that really makes a difference in the world. Not only improvements for students, but for Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and world. If we create a unique type of integration right here at UBC, hopefully we can create a model facility to be emulated worldwide.

We are hoping over the next 6 – 10 months we will have more substantial updates on timing, funding and scope.

 

Kavie Toor

Senior Director, Facilities, Recreation and Sport Partnership