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UBC Undergraduate Research

East Mall Redesign Hsu, Francis; Isaac, Lane; Keefe, Ryan; Rea, Joshua; Sun, Steve; Zenke, Evan


A comprehensive, detailed design has been prepared for review in response to the University of British Columbia’s request for a complete redesign of the East Mall corridor. The section of East Mall under consideration is located between West 16th Avenue and Agronomy Road on the south side of campus. With guidance from the client, UBC SEEDS, the detailed design looks to revamp the corridor into a new and effective design with sustainability and functionality as core design principles. Furthering the concept of sustainability, a holistic approach of incorporating a bioswale, recycled road material, and environmental planning is used. To address the functionality and concerns raised by UBC SEEDS, designers incorporated the use of road geometry, traffic calming, bus stops, drop-off zones, traffic analysis, pavement, signage, and canopy designs. Through these design elements, designers look to promote sustainable modes of traffic such as foot traffic, public transit, and cycling by making the corridor more livable for users. To ensure that the detailed design is logistically feasible, designers considered the impact on the community, the environmental management, maintenance over the life cycle, construction methodology/schedule, and cost. The ultimate result of the detailed design is a construction start date of May 1st, 2021 and a completion date of October 6th, 2021, which will be broken down into different construction phases. The project's total estimated cost is expected to be $9,102,000+tax, which includes all design and support costs. The design team is excited to present the detailed design of the East Mall redesign project. It is with the utmost pride to have been selected and afforded the opportunity to contribute to the University of British Columbia’s community. The team looks forward to assisting with the project as it moves towards the construction phase to ensure this project comes to fruition. 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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