In our quest to uncover the best meeting and event venues this city has to offer, we came across a gem surrounded by the majestic endowment lands in the heart of The University of British Columbia campus. The Nest at UBC is an architectural delight with stunning views of Howe Sound and a Platinum LEED certification, making it one of the most beautiful locations in town to host a “green” event. Inside the building, a large wooden structure looms 3 levels above the central foyer, mimicking a bird’s nest floating high up in the trees. It also happens to be a unique location for a small gathering. Some of our other favourite spaces include the beautifully landscaped Rooftop Garden, The Gallery 2.0 & Patio with gorgeous views of the North Shore Mountains, and the Great Hall, a multipurpose space with built-in A/V for large events and a sky wall to divide the space for smaller functions.
We recently spoke with Andrea Ma, Sales Manager of The Nest at UBC to find out a little more about Vancouver’s newest event venue.
Eventsage (ES): Tell us a bit about your property and what makes it special.
Andrea (AM): The University of British Columbia is a place of mind. We deliver this value to conferences and special events in our facility. Our mandate is to promote experiential learning. We have executed this by thinking outside of the box with multi-day conference set-ups. The meetings and events industry is evolving at a rapid pace and we, as an industry, are finally putting serious emphasis on the fact that attendees do not digest information all the same. The facility was designed in such a unique architecturally savvy way that every single space in our building has access to natural light. This design welcomes creativity and brings freshness to events. We are very proud to have reached Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) platinum certification status. Events at The Nest are sustainable.
See the space for yourself with this Fly Through The Nest video!
ES: When did the Nest have its Grand Opening? Did you host any launch events?
AM: The Nest opened its doors June 2015. After a completely stacked summer of conferences and special events, we hosted our open house in November 2015. The open house was a conjoined effort between Tourism Vancouver, the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre and various campus stakeholders. The event was incredible. We decided to co-host as the building next to us, the Alumni Centre, had opened its doors just one month prior to ours. Being the two newest kids on the block, we decided to join forces with various other venues on campus to create a UBC wow event for our friends and colleagues in the hospitality industry across the province. This year UBC also celebrated its centennial anniversary. The event was themed a “Modern Mixer” and the décor complimented this theme well. An international emcee brought the space to life and nearly every guest was on the red carpet at some point!
ES: It’s a gorgeous architectural gem. Where did the funding for the building come from?
AM: Thank you very much! The facility was and continues to be funded by its stakeholders – all 52,000 students on campus. We are a not for profit organization. 100% of our revenue flows directly back into the student society to fund important initiatives such as Safewalk, Sexual Assault Support Centre, Health and Dental Plan, Food Bank and many more.
ES: Is there an event that stands out as being one you are particularly proud to have hosted?
AM: A very difficult question to answer as The Nest has welcomed over 40,000 conference attendees to our facility in the first year of operation. We also fed over 24,000 conference attendees outside of the building through our extensive catering division. We have a fantastic relationship with our neighbours, the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre. In November 2015 we hosted their “Start an Evolution Campaign Finale” in our ballroom. The Evolution brought together over 130,000 UBC alumni for a cause. Over $1.6 billion was raised to provide essential student scholarships, transforming learning spaces, funding life-saving research, preserving culture for future generations and so much more. https://support.ubc.ca/reportongiving/startanevolution-campaign-final-report/
ES: What type of corporate group is your space most appropriate for?
AM: Truthfully, we welcome a wide spread of corporate clients to our facility. From financial auditors to film productions to health and wellness pioneers. There truly is a unique space for everyone at The Nest.
ES: So what’s next for the Nest at UBC?
AM: Our wedding experts are heading to the Vancouver Wedding & Honeymoon Fall Show on September 18, 2016 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Keep an eye out for us! We hope to see you there!
It’s a wrap!
If you haven’t been to UBC to see The Nest, we highly recommend it. Better yet, consider it for your next meeting or event. It’s a unique venue that not everyone knows about, so surprise your attendees with something special and unexpected. You’ll be the rock star of the office. We promise!
Interested in The Nest at UBC? Book now on Eventsage.com!