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UBC Okanagan to build city’s deepest parkade in downtown Kelowna

State-of-the-art underground parking garage coming to new campus
An artist’s rendering of UBCO downtown shows a welcoming and accessible street-level atrium with a planned coffee shop and large, open-air seating area. (UBC Properties Trust)

UBC Okanagan has its sights set on some big plans to mitigate parking issues in the downtown core when its new campus opens.

An underground parkade is set for construction, and at four storeys deep, it will be the deepest parking garage in the Central Okanagan.

In terms of design, the parkade will be built in a ‘tanked’ form, meaning crews will use a special waterproof concrete mix to accommodate the city’s high water table.

Typically in building an underground parkade, water around the foundation is pumped away, though in a tanked design, the water and soil is kept in place to ensure structural balance.

“UBCO’s downtown expansion is about far more than just physical growth. It’s about integrating our institution’s commitment to research, innovation and education into the heart of Kelowna’s urban landscape,” said Dr. Lesley Cormack, principal and deputy vice-chancellor of the UBCO campus. “This tanked parking garage is a prime example of our innovative approach, demonstrating how we are rising to meet the unique challenges our city presents.”

Thew new campus building, which is set to be the highest in Kelowna at 43 storeys, will be located at 550 Doyle Avenue. It will host student housing, store fronts, and a coffee shop.

It is expected to be open by 2027.

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Jake Courtepatte

About the Author: Jake Courtepatte

Editor of Kelowna Capital News & West K News since February 2022. I have spent the majority of my career working in the Toronto area as both a sports reporter and a general reporter.
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