BC’s Douglas College begins work on $292.5-million student housing project

An artist rendering of 808 Royal.

Construction has begun on the first student residence building at Douglas College’s New Westminster, BC campus in the largest ever provincial capital investment that includes student housing.

The 20-storey building, known as 808 Royal, will feature nine storeys of student housing with one-, two- or four-bed units for a total of 368 student beds, as well as more than 30 classrooms, six computer labs, collaboration spaces, offices, and foodservices. It will meet Step 4 of the BC Energy Step Code, LEED gold certification, and Rick Hansen accessibility certification, and will include wood throughout the building as design elements.

The building, designed by Stantec Architecture Ltd., will also include non-fossil fuel heating and cooling systems, and innovative construction methods to reduce its carbon footprint.

The interior of the building will feature wool design elements.

Douglas College will contribute $90.2 million to the project, while $202.3 million comes from the BC government through its Homes for People action plan. The plan has committed $2 billion toward developing 12,000 student beds on campuses across BC.

The building is scheduled to be complete by summer 2026.

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