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UBC Wesbrook Mall Redesign Khan, Abdulrehman; Zhang, Aliya; Huang, David; Ehrlich, Peter; Tiwary, Mayank; Haque, Shadab


The following document contains our team’s detailed design report for the UBC Wesbrook Mall Phase 4 Redesign from Thunderbird Boulevard to West 16th Avenue. The project’s objectives are to: (1) Expand roadway capacities, (2) Minimize costs, (3) Incorporate a pedestrian tunnel or overpass, (4) Increase green space to improve stormwater retention, (5) Create a dedicated bike facility, (6) Maximize parking, (7) Minimize tree removals, and (8) overall, prioritize buses, cyclists and pedestrians by maximizing safety, convenience and enjoyability in using these transport modes. This report will summarize the detailed design including a design overview, issue-for-construction drawings, cost estimate, schedule, construction management and service life maintenance plan. The selected design includes a two-way, elevated bike lane along southbound Wesbrook Mall, the addition of a transit priority lane along northbound Wesbrook Mall, curb extensions, rain gardens and tree box filters for drainage, and a pedestrian overpass south of Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre. The key considerations for this design have remained consistent throughout the duration of the project and address technical, economic, environmental, regulatory, construction planning and societal perspectives. To arrive at the detailed design, a structural analysis for the overpass and a traffic analysis to inform the geometric design were conducted. The detailed design has a Class A cost estimate of CAD $8.4 million and the project is on track to begin construction in May, 2022 and is expected to be completed by October, 2022. The project’s next steps include tendering the project and obtaining relevant permits and approvals. 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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