UBC Capital priorities


UBC maintains a comprehensive plan for the development and renewal of institutional infrastructure to meet evolving academic needs as well as the needs of our growing campus communities.

A complete list of current and planned major capital projects for UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan is on the Projects on Campus page.  The proposed project list continues to be refined as our Capital Plan evolves, projects are completed and new projects advanced.

UBC Five-Year Capital Plan 2023-24 to 2027-28

To develop capital priorities for future consideration, the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training (AEST) annually requests Five-Year Capital Plan submissions from all post-secondary institutions. The Five-Year Capital Plan provides AEST with a high-level understanding of UBC’s capital requirements for new priority expansion projects, replacement/renewal projects and capital innovation projects.

UBC has developed a jointly funded Capital Plan which addresses core academic needs, aligns with Provincial priorities and was developed in accordance with the University’s established Capital Planning Principles. The proposed projects were selected by the UBC Executive based on their potential to contribute to the University’s strategic priorities, operational performance and risk mitigation priorities. These projects were prioritized from a longer list of Academic Facilities projects identified through on-going consultation with Faculties and Departments.

The proposed projects were evaluated and prioritized using an assessment model that considered how each project contributes to the University’s strategic objectives and operational performance & risk mitigation objectives. The prioritization criteria were as follows:

University Strategic Priorities

Support for President’s Academic Excellence Initiative (PAEI) 10% weighting
People & Places 15%
Research Excellence 30%
Transformative Learning 30%
Local & Global Engagement 15%

Operational Performance and Risk Mitigation

Health & Safety (e.g. seismic risk) 25%
Performance & Reliability (e.g. deferred maintenance) 25%
Legal / Regulatory / Reputation 25%
Business Case 25%

Final selection

Final  selection of recommended projects for the  Five-Year  Capital Plan included consideration of additional factors such as alignment with government priorities, funding potential, current state of project development, and other strategic considerations.

Input on the capital planning process and capital priorities was sought and received from the following groups:

Committee of Deans and Deans’ Council (Vancouver and Okanagan, respectively)
Indigenous Partners – Musqueam (Okanagan Nation Alliance)
Property & Planning Advisory Committee
UBC Vancouver Senate Academic Building Needs Committee
UBC Okanagan Senate Academic Building & Resources Committee
Vancouver Subcommittee of the Council of Senates Budget Committee
Alma Mater Society and UBC Students’ Union Okanagan
Graduate Student Society
Alumni Association
UBC Facilities and UBC Okanagan Campus Operations
UBC Properties Trust (for information)

Proposed projects

The proposed UBC Five-Year Capital Plan includes priority academic projects totalling $1,374 million with a request to the Provincial Government for $1,030 million in funding. Demolitions or renovations associated with the new construction would reduce UBC’s deferred maintenance by $173.7 million and improve seismic ratings on specific buildings. In addition, the progressive construction standards that UBC uses will reduce the greenhouse gas emissions as well as the energy and water use on the campus.

As careful prioritization of proposed capital projects is critical to ensure that limited capital is directed to help UBC achieve  its  goals, these projects have been ranked to align with UBC’s strategic and operational objectives. The projects proposed are shown in the following table:

Vancouver Chemistry Laboratory Complex 1
Okanagan x̌əl sic snpax̌nwixʷtn (formally Interdisciplinary Collaboration & Innovation Building (ICI))
Vancouver Mathematics Building 1
Vancouver Medicine One
Vancouver Applied One 1

1   The construction of each of these buildings allows UBC to address one or more of its higher risk seismic buildings on the Vancouver campus.


For information on the agenda package and minutes of the Board Committee meeting, visit UBC Board of Governors.