VICTORIA — A new 12-storey mass-timber student residence costing $119.7 million is under construction at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT).
The Government of British Columbia is providing $108.5 million toward the building which will house 470 students once complete, according to a news release.
“Built to meet the highest level of the BC Energy Step Code program and using innovative mass-timber technology, the building is a model for sustainable growth here at the BCIT and across the Lower Mainland,” said BCIT’s interim president Paul McCullough in the release.
The residence is the first new one built on campus in 40 years and will more than double the supply of housing. It will contain studio suites, private rooms with shared bathrooms and kitchens, study rooms, common areas and collaboration spaces.
Construction is estimated for completion in 2025. The project is part of the Homes for People action plan which aims to build 12,000 new student beds on campuses throughout the province.