Capilano University: Student Housing Project

April 3, 2023

SHURE Initiative

Artist rendering by HDR Architecture Associates, Inc. (December 2020)

Status: Design 100% complete. Groundbreaking expected late April, 2023
Project location: Main North Vancouver Campus
Budget: $58.4 million
Projected completion date: Anticipated occupancy 2025
Sustainability: Project will target LEED Gold and BC Energy Step Code 4
Student capacity: On-campus housing for 362 students

Project overview

  • Construction of a new 362-bed student housing and dining hall building.
  • The 8,250 square metre, six storey building includes:
    • Café and dining hall located on the main floor (250 seat capacity)
    • Resident support offices, a multipurpose room and an Indigenous-focused reflection space
    • Total of 362 beds (approx. 72 beds per floor), with shared washrooms, laundry facilities, student study, lounge and kitchen areas on each floor
    • Unit types: 52 singles (12 accessible), 154 doubles and one two-bedroom suite for the residence life facilitator
    • Secure bicycle storage
  • Wood First: Mass Timber incorporated in the gathering area of the dining hall (exposed beams) and wood frame on five upper residential floors.
  • CleanBC: Targeting Step 4 of the BC Energy Step Code, indicating an expected GHG emissions reduction of 86 per cent over a baseline of LEED® Gold with natural gas.

Student and community benefits

This Capilano University housing project, the first of its kind on campus, is designed to create a strong statement of contemporary, sustainable housing to:

  • Provide new, safe, conveniently located, below-market rate accommodations for students attending Capilano University
  • Improve the living and learning experience for students living in residence
  • Harmonize with the main Capilano University campus environment
  • Reduce numbers of students commuting to and from campus
  • Model sustainability in both the built-environment and through operational efficiencies
  • Create a vibrant centre of student life on campus

Project updates & community engagement

We appreciate the public interest in this development project. A Virtual Public Meeting was conducted between April 7–21, 2021. Please visit the District of North Vancouver for more information about this event and review the Development Permit Process flyer (pdf).