Emily Carr is building a state-of-the art campus for 21st century learning at Great Northern Way in Vancouver, British Columbia. “Emily Carr’s Great Northern Way Campus will be at the centre of a new social, cultural, educational, entertainment and economic engine for British Columbia.” – Dr. Ron Burnett, President + Vice-Chancellor.
The new campus will allow the university to meet increased student demand, accommodate current and emerging program areas, and build on its reputation as a leader in developing world-class creators.
The new campus is designed to achieve LEED Gold Certification and will comply with the Wood First Act. The act requires the use of wood as the primary building material in all new provincially-funded buildings. The act supports the Wood First Initiative launched by the provincial government that promotes the use of wood products.
Construction completion is scheduled for spring 2017 and it is anticipated that the first semester in the new campus will begin September 2017.
The Great Northern Way Campus is a 7.28-hectare (18-acre) site on the False Creek flats, which is owned and developed jointly by the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, B.C. Institute of Technology and Emily Carr University of Art and Design. The new Emily Carr university campus will continue and accelerate the growth of the Great Northern Way Campus into a high-profile district for the digital and creative sectors in Vancouver.
The new Emily Carr university campus will create an estimated 1,000 jobs during construction. It is anticipated that students will attend classes on the campus by fall 2017.
The capital cost of the project is budgeted at up to $122.65 million, including a provincial investment of up to $101.65 million, with $21 million to be raised through the university’s capital campaign.
As part of Budget 2016, government is directly investing $942 million in planned capital expenses in the post-secondary sector over the next three years (2016-17 to 2018-19).