Exchange Residence and UBC Bus Exchange

Redefining transit-oriented development on a university campus


This unique transit-oriented project is the product of a long-term development collaboration between DIALOG, the University of British Columbia (UBC), and TransLink. UBC wanted to build more student beds and TransLink had a mandate to deliver a new bus exchange, but both were running into space constraints on campus. The team came up with an innovative solution to the problem: build up, rather than out. The result was a new 650-bed student residence built on a two-storey podium over much of the second-busiest TransLink bus exchange in the Lower Mainland, thereby maximizing the density and land use on this part of campus. DIALOG also provided LEED® consulting services on this project.

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Vancouver, BC
University of British Columbia / TransLink

AME Consulting Group
AES Engineering
BKL Consultants
Bunt & Associates
Core Group Consultants
Geopacific Consultants
Glotman Simpson Consulting Engineers
Heatherbrea Builders
Murray & Associates
Opus International Consultants Limited
PFS Studio

DIALOG Services

Interior Design
Landscape Architecture

The Team

This is a stunning facility, and an architectural and engineering marvel… It is a true home for our beloved students.

Santa Ono, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of British Columbia
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