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UBC Brock Commons Tallwood House

This new residence tower at the University of British Columbia is North America’s tallest contemporary wood construction. The 18-storey tower houses over 400 students in a mix of studios and quad apartments and provides social and study amenity spaces.

Zenith worked with RDH to include commissioning requirements, with a performance specification issued from the design team, to implement a design/build envelope system. As a long-term asset there were several important considerations for UBC, including project quality for long term energy and operational cost savings, as well as occupant satisfaction. As part of the UBC campus, several of the project systems needed to be integrated into the central campus.

As part of the UBC campus, the building handover included multiple stakeholders and several systems were required to be integrated in to the central campus. Zenith’s involvement in the warranty period has resulted in a better understanding of the maintenance and operations of the building systems, empowering the facilities teams.

Brock Commons was the first building on campus to utilize the LEED v4 Cx process, monitoring based commissioning (MBCx) and the UBC Technical Guidelines for Commissioning.

ClientUBC Properties Trust
Project TypeResidential
LocationVancouver, BC
Size172,000 sq ft
Zenith ServicesFull Building Commissioning
Monitor Based Commissioning
Rating SystemLEED v4 Gold
Construction Budget$51 million
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