A new $18.5-million alumni centre will open at the University of British Columbia’s Vancouver campus in spring 2015. The centre will be named after prominent B.C. business leader and philanthropist Robert H. Lee in honour of the many contributions he has made to the life of the university.
Located centrally on the Vancouver campus at the corner of University Boulevard and East Mall, the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre will serve as a resource for UBC’s 300,000 alumni, providing a welcoming place to network, meet with students, and participate in intellectual, cultural and social programs.
The 3,870 square metre building will include a centre for innovation, a large celebration venue, classrooms, social spaces and high-tech meeting rooms, plus a café and library.
“The Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre will become the heart of campus,” says UBC President Stephen Toope. “When we first imagined its creation, Bob was the obvious person to name it after. He brings people together and we thought that was the perfect symbol for the alumni centre.”
Lee has served on the UBC Board of Governors and as Chancellor of the University. One of his greatest contributions was envisioning and establishing the UBC Properties Trust of which he served as chairman for more than 20 years. The Trust was among the first in Canada to build market housing on university land to fund its endowment, which supports teaching, research and community engagement. UBC Properties Trust has added more than $850 million in value to the university endowment.
The Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre is a collaboration between UBC and alumni UBC. It is a priority project for UBC’s start an evolution campaign, the most ambitious fundraising and alumni engagement campaign in Canadian history.