Timeline category: Facilities

The Asian Centre Opens

UBC expands its interest in Asia as ties between Canada and Pacific-Rim countries increase. The new Asian Centre—constructed in part from materials used for the Sanyo Pavilion at Expo '70 in Osaka, Japan—houses the Asian Studies library and offers space for the Asia-related interests of...More Info

UBC’s First Nations Longhouse Opens

The First Nations Longhouse, built in consultation with Musqueam and many other Aboriginal groups, is an award-winning building reflecting the architectural traditions of the Northwest Coast. As a central location for programming and services for Aboriginal students from across campus, the Longhouse welcomes people...More Info

Students Rally to Save the Farm

On April 7, more than 2,000 people march across the Vancouver campus from the SUB to UBC farm to show support for maintaining the farm’s size and location. They are successful and the university agrees to keep this important space for students, research, and...More Info

The Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre Opens

The Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre, named after a prominent UBC alumnus and philanthropist, opens on the Vancouver campus. The centre is a home for alumni for life and the first of its kind in Canada.

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The First Student Union Building Opens

The new student union building, with construction directed and funded by the AMS, provides a place to host student recreation activities, which helps combat the solemn wartime mood on campus. Originally called The Brock Memorial Hall to honour Dean Reginald Brock and his...More Info

Veterans and the Huts

With the end of the war, enrolment skyrockets to 9,035. To accommodate the nearly tripled student population, the university moves out-of-service coastal army huts by truck and barge to the Point Grey campus, where they are converted into classrooms and residences.

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Students Dedicate The New Gymnasium

War Memorial Gymnasium is built and dedicated to the men and women of British Columbia who served in the First and Second World Wars. The construction and funding of the new facility is led by students. The gym is designed in part by...More Info

Cecil Green Park House is Donated to UBC

Honorary alumnus and co-founder of Texas Instruments Cecil Green purchases Yorkeen mansion and donates it to UBC. The mansion, which is renamed Cecil Green Park House, is the home of the Alumni Association until 2015, when operations move to the Robert H. Lee...More Info

The New Student Union Building is Completed

UBC's first stadium, Varsity Stadium, is demolished to make way for the new SUB as the student population outgrows Brock Hall. Students direct the construction and contribute the majority of funding for the building.

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Cyclotron Construction Begins at TRIUMF

UBC's TRIUMF facility, in partnership with Simon Fraser University, The University of Victoria and The University of Alberta, begins construction of the world’s largest cyclotron particle accelerator. TRIUMF is Canada's national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics.

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