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UBCO’s downtown Kelowna campus to be the tallest in city at 46 storeys

Image Credit: Submitted/City of Kelowna

New plans being reviewed by the City of Kelowna show a 46-storey tower for UBCO’s proposed downtown vertical campus.

Earlier plans had it at 34 storeys.

UBCO is applying for a comprehensive development zone labelled as a downtown campus zone.

“The development permit was originally applied for in December 2021 and has evolved since then,” states an email to from city planner Trisa Atwood.

The project is expected to go to city council later this month or early in July.

The building is proposed to be 155 metres high but the zone will allow for 160 metres to allow for flexibility as the design process continues, Atwood wrote.

The original proposal was for 10 storeys for academic and office use along with 24 storeys with 352 student housing units.

READ MORE: UBCO unveils plans for an innovative 'vertical campus' in downtown Kelowna

It’s not clear from the documents available on the City of Kelowna website what changes will be made with the extra 12 floors.

Kelowna’s tallest existing highrise is the 35-storey One Water Street tower but construction has started on a 42-storey Water Street by the Park tower on Leon Avenue.

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