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East Mall Redesign between Agronomy and W16th Avenue Chen, Rocky; Fan, Allan; Vuong, Lilian; Wang, Grace; Yuen, Cecilia; Zhang, Fiona


As requested by the UBC Social Ecological Economic Development Studies (SEEDS) Sustainability Program, Team 16 has prepared a detailed design report for the East Mall Redesign Project. The objective of this project is to create a safe environment for all road users along East Mall between West 16th Avenue and Agronomy Road at the UBC Vancouver Campus. This report intends to expand on the preliminary design by showcasing the general road layout and details of the proposed upgrades on East Mall. Virtual site investigations through Google Map and Google Earth were conducted at the beginning of the project to better understand the current road alignments. The key issues and considerations in the development of the design include safety concerns regarding vehicle speeding and pedestrian crossing, collision accidents between parking vehicles and cyclists, overdemand of curbside parking space for field pick-up and drop-off activities, and abundance of asphalt road surface. Taking into account design constraints at the project site, some key design features were developed. These features include two protected bike lanes (one on each side of East Mall), sheltered bus stops on Eagles Drive, additional crosswalks with push activated blinking lights and speed tables, adjustments of on-street parking, and provision of Silva Cells in the median to improve local drainage capacity. In order to provide pedestrian weather protection, a comprehensive design of a canopy along East Mall has been established using HS152x252x9.5, W155x0.5 steel, 10mm cable, and  ” glass. Team 16 recommends UBC SEEDS to move forward to the implementation phase of the proposed road redesign. A set of Issued for Construction (IFC) drawings are enclosed in the report. The expected consulting fee for the project is $414,790 including 8% contingency. The estimated capital cost and maintenance cost is $4,247,263 including 8% contingency. One year has been planned for permit acquisition so that construction begins as early as May 3, 2021, which leads to an approximate end date of October 14, 2022. 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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