UBC Undergraduate Research

Wesbrook Mall Redesign Phase 4 : (Thunderbird Boulevard – W 16th Avenue) Sandhu, Harman; Nijjar, Amarpreet; Pandher, Arshdeep; Khattra, Pardeep; Grewal, Tarndeep; Natt, Amandeep


Team 9 has been tasked with developing a design for the Wesbrook Mall Redesign Phase 4 Project. The project focuses on improvements for pedestrians, cyclists, and transit services and promotes the transition to these modal services from passenger vehicles. Stakeholders To include all parties affected by the design, a stakeholder consultation plan was developed. To gather comments during the design phase, the stakeholder consultation strategy includes in-person meetings, emails, and a website. The identified stakeholders for this project include: UBC Seeds, University of British Columbia, Musqueam People, residents, and businesses, UBC student and staff, Translink, BC Hydro and telecommunication companies, UBC Energy and Water Infrastructure, and commuters. Design Constraints and Criteria The owner has also requested that the safety, convenience, and enjoyment of these users be maximized while expenditures are kept to a minimum. The design should also include green infrastructure and mechanisms for retaining on-site stormwater. The customer has requested a pedestrian overpass or underpass near Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Center to expand pedestrian facility alternatives. Design constraints include any regulatory requirements for design aspects and ensuring that all project work is completed within the project schedule. Design The design prioritizes mobility for cyclist and transit vehicles, while minimizing impact to existing parking and road usage. Both southbound and northbound would undergo several improvements related to cycling and pedestrian usage. Protected bicycle lanes would be implemented along the entire corridor and the existing sidewalks would be upgraded to ensure safe cyclist and pedestrian travel and crossing. Bus lanes will then be added along non-parking shoulders and additional transit priority measures will also be implemented along the signalized intersection at Thunderbird Blvd. Northbound parking regulations along the residential buildings nearby to the RCMP detachment would be reconfigured to only allow parking during off peak hours. During peak hours the shoulder lane would serve as a transit priority lane further improving transit mobility. On street parking along the southbound direction would also be maintained and short term/drop off parking regulation will be implemented as well. A pedestrian overpass will be implemented near Doug Mitchel Thunderbird Sports Center. Project Costs After taking all aspects of the design into account, the project is estimated to cost $6,553,000. Annual maintenance costs were estimated to be $50,000. Project Timeline The northbound stage will commence by the end of May 2022 and will finish before the end of June 2022. The southbound stage will then commence and will finish before the end of August 2022. Major overpass work will begin after the completion of the northbound and southbound directions. Construction disruptions due to the overpass work will be significantly less and as a result can be completed during heavy traffic volume periods (September – April). 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.”

Item Citations and Data


Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International