UVic Student Housing & Dining

project at a glance

  • 2.5M+
    Feet of Power Cable & Wire
  • 500,000
    Feet of Structured Cable
  • 5200
    Hours Budgeted for Planning Support



  • Audio & Video Conferencing
  • Communications System
    From Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) to Radio Frequency (RF) Communication; mustering and mass notification to text messaging systems, Houle will work with you to provide properly designed turnkey solutions tailored to your communication system needs.
  • Building Automation Systems
    Houle’s Building Automation Systems (BAS) team provides industry-leading control systems for HVAC, lighting control, and energy monitoring, as well as system integration management and process controls applications.  
  • Security & Life Safety
    Houle is dedicated to providing solutions that can fully integrate all security operations. We provide full service support and integration to every other area of your operation that involves security, including data networks, building automation, lighting systems, and more.
  • Electrical Construction
    Serving our industry since 1944, Houle Electric has played a key role in the construction and renovation of numerous BC landmarks and major institutions. We pride ourselves on professional electrical construction, design-build services, and excellence in project management.

Scope of Work

Completed: Work in Progress

Owner: University of Victoria

The UVic Student Housing and Dining project includes two new buildings that will provide a sustainable and vibrant community experience for 783 students through new housing and dining spaces. This 31,000 square metre mixed-use complex includes two buildings designed to meet LEED® V4 Gold and Passive House standards, making this one of the largest Passive House projects in Canada. Included will be a cafeteria, café, grocery, auditorium classrooms, dorms, and apartments.

Our multi-discipline team is providing solutions for electrical, security, communications, building automation, and audiovisual. Through advanced CAD technology, we are collaborating with fellow trades to meet all necessary LEED® and Passive House design requirements and successfully implement an intricate exposed ceiling design.

  1. Installation includes the largest PHI-certified commercial kitchen to date. This means having electric kitchen equipment instead of industry-standard gas-based equipment, which will decrease the projected greenhouse gas emissions for Building 1 by 83%.
  2. These Passive House buildings will use 75% less energy for heating and cooling and at least 50% less overall energy than a typical North American building.