UBC unveils plans for new aquatic centre

June 17, 2014

The University of British Columbia has revealed plans for a new $39.9-million aquatic centre that will replace its existing indoor and outdoor pools. To accommodate a broad range of users, including student and community users, high-performance athletes, and student drop-ins, the facility will include an Olympic-sized competition pool, a 25-metre lap pool, a warm-water family pool, and a hot tub big enough for 35 people that can be used for rehabilitation purposes. UBC researchers will also use the new facility to study the environmental impact of public pools and to evaluate human health risk and management strategies for public pool chemicals. UBC expects that the new facility will attract a 40% increase in users. The aquatic centre will be constructed next to UBC’s War Memorial Gym and is expected to open in fall 2016. UBC News Release | CKNW