Jul 02, 2013

Martha Piper Plaza Opening Ceremony: at The University of British Columbia




PFS Studio was on hand as Prof. Stephen J. Toope, President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of British Columbia, officially opened Martha Piper Plaza on the morning of June 14, 2013. This central water feature is at the most prominent junction on campus at University Boulevard and Main Mall. The Dedication Ceremony for Past President Martha Piper is the culmination of tireless effort on the part of the University Campus and Community Planning, UBC Properties Trust, and the design team, from initial planning studies of Main Mall over a decade ago, through execution. The reflecting pool respects the campus’ Beaux Arts origins, while introducing contemporary symbolism of the self within the campus community, and an extension to the civic community at large. The fountain acts as the campus ‘pulse’, jets erupting during the frenzy of class change, otherwise laying tranquil while reflecting the new Main Mall pedestrian realm.