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Growing for the future : UBC Botanical Garden redevelopment Brownlee, Devon; Kumar, Pritisha; Luk, Ike; McCutcheon, Steve; Ngai, Max; Shen, Simon


Group Twelve Consulting was tasked with creating a conceptual redevelopment plan for the UBC Botanical Garden. Design concepts were developed with the objective of improving the visibility and presence of UBC Botanical Garden on UBC campus and within the surrounding communities; improving accessibility to the Garden; increasing the academic, research and recreational potential of the Garden and enhancing the overall visitor experience through carefully considered and evaluated developments. The conceptual redevelopment design proposed by Group Twelve Consulting Ltd. consists of multiple stand-alone elements. The primary element is a new two floor administrative building to be constructed in the location of the current administrative building and gift shop. This proposed building will provide the botanical garden with an attractive multi-functioning space and café, making it a desirable destination on campus and thus attract a broader demographic of visitors. This design incorporates a covered bicycle parking and storage area to improve accessibility of the garden. The secondary element is a timber tree house building that will be located adjacent to the existing food garden. This building is intended to provide a unique aesthetic to draw visitors into the garden, and to provide additional indoor space to accommodate future events in the planned cooking demonstration area. Tertiary elements consist of a pedestrian overpass across SW Marine Drive at the main entrance, and an expansion of the existing parking lot. The pedestrian overpass will improve the safety of the street crossing, loop visitor flow, and serve as advertisement space for the garden. The parking lot expansion will increase the overall parking capacity to accommodate special events and future increases in garden visitors. Due to funding constraints, a staged project implementation plan is proposed. It is recommended that redevelopment begin with the tree house, followed by either the parking lot expansion or pedestrian overpass. The new administration building should be implemented last. 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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