UBC Undergraduate Research

East Mall Redesign between Agronomy Road and W16th Avenue Bajwa, Deepinder; Han, Ray; Hu, Johnson; Mai, Thomson; Moy, Bastien; Tam, Kyle


Our team has been retained by UBC Social Economic Development Studies (UBC SEEDS) to redesign East Mall between Stadium Road and Agronomy Road in attempt to better accommodate sustainable transportation modes. The corridor’s current conditions do not accommodate the high amount of pick-up/dropoff traffic during the evenings, and do not promote sustainable modes of transportation. This report will provide and in-depth review for the detailed design of the transportation, structural, municipal, and environmental disciplines. Our recommended concept involves shifting the existing median East to separate vehicle travel lanes and bike lanes, reconfiguring the intersection of Thunderbird Boulevard and East Mall and upgrading the existing signal, and widening the segment from Thunderbird Boulevard to Agronomy Road to accommodate a new bi-directional bike lane. This design will improve the safety of cyclists, provide an abundance of green space for pedestrians, and reduce conflicts between vehicles and cyclists at drop-off pick-up zones while retaining parking for residents and users of the nearby facilities. An assessment of the existing utilities was conducted to identify impacts on the existing utility networks. The proposed reconfiguration is not expected to affect the system demands the water distribution and sanitary sewer systems. A stormwater management strategy has been developed on site, and the final corridor reduces the captured stormwater volumes within the project area. Specifications for the new permeable concrete cycling lanes and sidewalks have been developed, including an aggregate reservoir base to detain major storm flows for natural infiltration into the subgrade. The new pedestrian canopy consists of W200x31 section profiles for the columns and cantilevers with tempered glass panels mounted as the decking. The structure is 66.86-metres in length and will be constructed along the South side of Agronomy Road. The greenspace consists of the plantation of several new tree species to further improve the aesthetic of the corridor. Additionally, the greenspace has a community garden composed of various flowers to encourage people to gather and enjoy the surrounding landscape hence building the community. Estimated budget for the proposed solution will be $5,163,449 which includes labour, materials, operation & maintenance and a 15% contingency. Construction work will begin on May 2021 with a completion date of December 2021 with a duration of around 9 months. 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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