Our Client’s Opportunity:
Mission group has been providing construction services in the Okanagan since the early 2000’s. The company has expanded to a conglomerate of companies that provide constructions services for residential, commercial and rental developments. Within the last few years, Mission Group opened their headquarters office in the newest Landmark Building, situated in Kelowna.
In 2013, Mission Group embarked on the new U-District on Academy Way project, encompassing multiple condo style buildings. The development is constructed on the land Mission Group purchased adjacent to the UBC Okanagan (UBCO) campus. The goal of the development is to provide well built condominiums at an affordable cost for students attending the university.
With the location of the development being a stone’s throw away from the UBCO campus and close to the YLW International Airport, it has attracted an array of demographics beyond students, including frequent travellers utilizing the Kelowna airport, empty nesters wanting to downsize and others wanting to purchase the units as an investment.
In 2013, CTQ was commissioned by Mission Group to provide consulting services for the design and construction of U-District on Academy Way. Included in the design prepared by CTQ, was the storm sanitary and sewer systems for the entire U-District site.
CTQ used an outside the box approach in designing a storm storage. Rather than utilizing a standard underground storage tank, the storm system was designed to integrate the landscaping and storm management system. This type of system is referred to as bioretention or a rain garden. The rain garden utilizes the landscape to remove the contaminants and sediments from the storm water runoff before the water is absorbed into the ground. The catchment area for the storm water system includes carefully selected plants, grasses and mulches to process the water.
The bioretention system was an integral part of the overall storm water management system and the erosion and sediment control plan. The rain garden was situated in the center of the cul-de-sac of U-1, as this was a central location for the catchment of the storm water run-off. Due to the size of the development site, the storm water management system still required the use of standard underground storage tanks. The overall system was designed to be able to handle the amount of water that would be equivalent to 500-year storm.
Included in the scope of work provided by CTQ was the grading plan for each of the sites in the overall development. This also included the design of the internal road system of the development. In addition, CTQ was responsible for the review and coordination of the various utility companies to ensure that their designs integrate with the overall design.
The location of the site provided an opportunity to design multi-use trails allowing people the opportunity to be outside and experience the beautiful nature the Okanagan has to offer. The trails are designed to be functional, getting people to and from the university while also being recreational.
The feedback that Mission Group has received regarding U-District on Academy Way has been exceptional. Based on the proximity of the University, the airport and its central location, the development has show to be very popular. U-One comprised of 66 units, which sold out in a mere eight months. U-Two (112 Units) and U-Three A (63 Units) and B (87 Units) also selling out quickly. In 2017, U-Five A and B were added to U-District. These buildings consisted of 108 units and 72 units respectably. U-District on Academy Way continues to be very popular as all 180 units of U-Five have been sold. U-Six (57 units) and U-Seven (57 units) are currently under construction.