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Top 10 Campus Gems

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The University of British Columbia’s stunning landscapes are constantly changing. While students and alumni are familiar with landmarks such as Nitobe Memorial Garden and the Museum of Anthropology, there is a new generation of destinations worth visiting on UBC’s two campuses in Vancouver and the Okanagan.

Here are 10 campus gems worth checking out on your next visit to UBC.

 

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University Blvd water feature

The cascading waterfall next to the University Bookstore consists of collected stormwater filtered by reeds. Photo: Martin Dee

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The Hangar 

 The dynamic curved design of the fitness facility at UBC’s Okanagan campus evokes the image of a wing in flight.

 

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Pharmaceutical Sciences Building

Home to cutting edge research facilities, the outside of the Pharmaceutical Sciences Building reminds some passersby of a giant glass Jenga puzzle. The innovative design earned its architects a Canadian Architect Awards of Excellence award. Photo: Saucier + Perrotte Architectes/Hughes Condon Marler Architects

 

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UBC Skatepark 

North America’s first campus skatepark, situated at the intersection of Thunderbird Boulevard and Health Sciences Mall, features a stack of large books made of concrete and steel, which riders can shred, grind and jump off and onto. Photo: Jamil Rhajiak.

 

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University Boulevard bus stop

 Before hopping on transit at University Boulevard near Wesbrook Mall, be sure to look up and check out the bus stop’s unique “honeycomb” roof. Photo: Martin Dee

 

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Bioenergy Research and Demonstration Facility 

An eminently practical facility that produces both clean heat and electricity for its campus from renewable bioenergy, the BRDF features an eye-catching glass-and-wood exterior set amongst trees and enhanced with natural landscaping. Well worth checking out if you ever venture out by Lower Mall. Photo: Don Erhardt

 

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Buchanan Courtyard

The two public courtyards surrounded by the Buchanan Faculty of Arts Buildings were renovated in 2010. The West Courtyard houses a pavilion and reflective pool, covered café patio, and plenty of seating. The East Courtyard was designed as a quiet “green” space. Photo: Katie Fedosenko.

 

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Earth Science Building 

Also opened in 2012, the Earth Sciences Building (ESB) is the largest panelized wood building and the largest application of cross-laminated timber (CLT) in North America. The building features modern research and teaching spaces, a state-of-the-art lecture theatre complex, seminar rooms, quiet study spaces, and common areas. Photo: Michael Elkan.

 

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Martha Piper Plaza

Located at the intersection of University Boulevard and Main Mall, the Martha Piper Plaza–named in honour of UBC’s 11th president–features a large fountain that offers a bit of respite along one of the busiest pedestrian intersections at the Vancouver campus. Photo: Dean Gregory

 

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Harvest Table

Looking for place to eat lunch outdoors? Check out the two long picnic tables outside the School of Population and Public Health building on East Mall. Photo: Martin Dee

 

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