Main Mall Upgrade

Main Mall and University Boulevard form the organizational spines of UBC and represent the symbolic centre of campus. Given their historical and physical significance, improvements will support a sense of permanence, history and dignity.

DP 11023

Main Mall - Flag Pole Plaza to South Commons.

  • DP Application Received - July 18, 2011
  • Open House held at the Student Union Building - March 17th, 2010
  • Construction Complete - Summer 2012


Main Mall was historically designed along a natural ridgeline of the Point Grey Peninsula, anchoring the campus and providing a commanding view north toward Howe Sound and the Coast Mountains. Together with University Boulevard, it forms the key organizing spines of the campus and primary pedestrian corridors.

Upgrades to the public space on Main Mall include the conversion of roads to pedestrian walkways, improved night lighting, seating and restricted vehicle access to enhance safety, security and sustainability. These improvements aim to enhance pedestrian access while instilling a stronger sense of place on the Point Grey campus by interconnect outdoor spaces, fostering interaction between disciplines, students and faculty.

Road curbs and asphalt were removed along Main Mall to create an adjoining and usable plane of lawn from one side of Main Mall to the other. The elimination of vehicular traffic on Main Mall, and the addition of decorative walkways and new seating transform UBC’s most iconic landscape into a great place for informal lectures.


  • UBC Properties Trust
  • Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg

Manager, Development Services
(604) 822-1586

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