About The Nest

AMS Student Nest

Finally realizing they were bursting at the seams of their current home, the student union building, the members of the AMS converged to determine how to solve the problem.

Multiple options were considered, but the choice was easy: the AMS needed a new home and they needed to start from scratch.

That was the beginning of a 7 year process to build UBC’s newest, and arguably most exciting, building: the AMS Student Nest (or Nest).


The AMS Student Nest is to do two things:

  • Ensure the centre of campus remains a student-centered hub of activity with a focus on the needs and desires of all students on campus;
  • Create a welcoming space for all students to eat, shop, study, and socialize while leading the way in sustainability practices and goals.

Quick Facts

  • Location: 6133 University Boulevard, Vancouver, BC
  • LEED Platinum Certified (the highest Green Building rating in North America)
  • $107 million price tag funded by students, in coordination with UBC
  • Five storeys
  • 250,000 square feet — 50% increase from current building
  • Gender-neutral and accessible bathrooms on every floor
  • Three-storey climbing wall
  • 9 AMS-run food and drink eateries
  • 9 AMS Services

Sustainability @ the Nest

Student told told the AMS loud and clear that having a building that was sustainable was important to them, so the AMS made it their our priority to build a LEED Platinum Certified building: The Nest.

Here are some sustainability features of the Nest:

  • Solar-powered cooling
  • Radiant heating and cooling in floors
  • Constructed from Certified Wood Products
  • Low-emitting materials used throughout the building
  • Solar water heaters
  • In-vessel composting facility
  • Storm water management and retention
  • Water efficient landscaping using grey water
  • Roof top garden

They’re also focused on keeping our food sustainable:

  • All coffees are certified organic, shade grown, and Fair Trade
  • Dry goods are from local companies wherever possible
  • Produce is purchased locally when in season
  • 100% Ocean Wise™ certified

Building the Student Nest