UBC Undergraduate Research

An investigation into : the new Student Union Building's public display board Lageweg, Kevin; Ryu, HanGyeol; Baek, Changhoon; Fattahi, Navid


The new Alma Mater Society (AMS) Student Union Building (SUB) aims to incorporate functionality as one of the primary buildings at the heart of campus with the promotion and practicing of sustainable living during its operation. This paper explores the methods and the effects of the addition of a public display board to meet this goal. The current projection of the new SUB includes such a display, but its implementation has yet to be decided. The scope of this paper includes a triple bottom line assessment (TBLA) of the following two products of display boards, both of which are currently offered on the market: Samsung’s UE46A Display and Sony’s Bravia EX720 Display. These product models have been selected based on economic, environmental, and social benefits, along with feasibility of either implementing a single large display in the atrium, multiple small displays, or a hybrid of the two structures. This paper will also explore recommendations based on a survey conducted of 100 random University of British Columbia (UBC) students at the existing SUB. Primary research was completed in order to evaluate how effective students felt the display board could be in attaining the goal of raising awareness towards sustainable living, and what specific content would be most effective on the display to meet this goal. Based on the analysis of obtained primary and secondary data, the recommendation that the display board should be a hybrid of both small displays, and a single large display has been made. Furthermore, the display board should exhibit UBC’s PULSE Energy live feed as a visual data representation, a public comment board accessible wirelessly or via the internet, and general information relating to sustainability and global climate change. Disclaimer: “UBC SEEDS provides students with the opportunity to share the findings of their studies, as well as their opinions, conclusions and recommendations with the UBC community. The reader should bear in mind that this is a student project/report and is not an official document of UBC. Furthermore readers should bear in mind that these reports may not reflect the current status of activities at UBC. We urge you to contact the research persons mentioned in a report or the SEEDS Coordinator about the current status of the subject matter of a project/report.”

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