UBC Undergraduate Research

Wesbrook Mall Redesign : Phase 4 Blackburn, Thomas; Cromar, Holden; Fahey, Jordan; Qaiser, Rohaan; Williams, Noah; Yu, Bruis


Team 10 has been contacted by the UBC SEEDS (Social Ecological Economic Development Studies) Sustainability Program to develop a design for Phase 4 of the Wesbrook Mall Redesign project. The Phase 4 design must address the failing road structure and improve the transportation experience between Thunderbird Boulevard and W 16th Avenue. The following report summarizes Team 10’s detailed design. Team 10’s detailed design is estimated to cost $7.52 Million CAD and will take seven months to complete from project start. Key features of the design consist of rebuilding the roadway, introducing protected unidirectional cycle lanes on both sides of the road, adding a dedicated northbound bus lane, and constructing a protected pedestrian overpass. The asphalt roadway will be replaced by completing a full road rebuild that will provide a strong base and subbase underlying the freshly paved road surface. To tie in with the existing infrastructure, unidirectional cycle tracks will be installed on either side of the roadway. These cycle tracks will be raised above the roadway, and placed between the on-street parking lanes and the sidewalk for additional protection from road users. The dedicated northbound bus lane will begin on the north end of the pedestrian overpass, located over the crosswalk between Gerald McGavin Rugby Centre and Panhellenic House, and tie in with the bus lane at Thunderbird Boulevard. Additionally, the bus pullout bay adjacent to the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre will be removed and filled in with new green infrastructure, creating an in lane bus stop and reducing impermeable surface area. The pedestrian overpass is a steel girder bridge with a timber and glass roof structure that preserves the natural campus aesthetic while providing a safe means of crossing the Wesbrook corridor. Team 10 is confident in this design and is excited to collaborate with the UBC SEEDS Sustainability Program to ensure the optimal solution for this vital UBC corridor is delivered. 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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