Extreme makeover, campus edition

UBC’s Vancouver campus got a major makeover this summer: new pedestrian pathways, outdoor furniture, water features, courtyards, gardens and lighting.

The changes are a part of a 15-year, $45 million Public Realm Plan to improve outdoor public spaces. A highlight of the project is a reflection pool at Main Mall and University Boulevard that animates to reflect the energy of passers-by during class changes.

“This is a milestone year for the program,” says University Landscape Architect Dean Gregory. “Every project is helping to create a healthier, more sustainable, memorable and unified campus community.”

The changes are funded primarily by fees levied on market housing and commercial development in campus neighbourhoods. Through construction synergies, the project takes advantage of the installation of a new $85-million campus energy system, which will reduce UBC’s carbon emissions by 22 per cent.

Learn more at www.planning.ubc.ca.

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UBC Reports | Vol. 58 | No. 9 | Aug. 23, 2012

A new water feature on University Boulevard. Philips Farevaag Smallenberg Landscape Architects Photograph

A new water feature on University Boulevard. Philips Farevaag Smallenberg Landscape Architects Photograph

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