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UFV in Abbotsford breaks ground on new student housing building

$105 million project to provide almost 400 new beds by summer 2025
A ground-breaking event was held Tuesday (Feb. 6) at University of the Fraser Valley’s Abbotsford campus for its new student housing building. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

Ground has officially broken on a new 398-bed student housing building on University of the Fraser Valley’s Abbotsford campus.

UFV president Dr. Joanne MacLean was joined by student leaders, senior administration, and construction and design partners for the ground-breaking event on Tuesday (Feb. 6).

Slated for completion in summer 2025, the six-storey building will feature a variety of living arrangements, with accessible units on every floor.

The province is providing $87.6 million toward the $105 million project.

“This is an exciting community-focused project that fills a critical housing need in the Fraser Valley and our greater region,” MacLean said.

“Creating this new opportunity on a UFV campus is another example of our commitment to being a student-ready university – one that’s proud to engage learners, transform lives, and build community.”

UFV Student Union Society president Ashley McDougall said the new building will be more than just a place to live and study.

“We look forward to this becoming a place where students thrive academically, socially, and personally, and where they find not only a place to live, but a true sense of belonging on campus,” she said.

The project will increase on-campus accommodations for students from 200 to 598 beds.

The Abbotsford campus will also be renovating and expanding its Cascade Cafe to increase seating capacity from 121 to 350 seats. That project is scheduled for completion in fall 2025.

As well, a new Centre of Excellence for Children, Youth and Families is currently under construction at UFV’s Mission campus, with completion anticipated this June.

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An artist’s rendering depicts the new student housing building at University of the Fraser Valley’s Abbotsford campus.

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