Upper Cascades Residence – UBC Okanagan

Client: UBC Properties Trust
Location: Kelowna, BC
Completion date: November 2009

Outland Design was retained by UBC Properties Trust to undertake conceptual landscape planning, design development and contract administration services for a four-building, student residence at the Okanagan campus of the University of British Columbia. The Okanagan campus of UBC opened in 2005 and has since expanded to accommodate over 7500 students. As a result, the Okanagan campus has seen extensive development of its accommodation facilities. The Upper Cascades and Nicola residence buildings were the first residence projects on which Outland Design worked with UBC Properties Trust. The Upper Cascades Residence features a mews-style access drive, with four self contained residence buildings on a sloping site, backing onto ponderosa pine forest. The design of the site incorporated small seating plazas, stairs and retaining walls to address the grade changes through the site, and pockets of tree and shrub plantings. Landscape construction improvements for the residence were undertaken by Westwind Nurseries and Landscaping Limited.