ERA Architects, Daniel Johnson Architect
Project Manager, Structural Engineer, Building Envelope Consultant
Located in downtown Hamilton, Ontario, the GO Centre, comprised of an existing GO Transit Rail Station, Bus Terminal and office tower, is the only example of art deco railway station architecture in Canada, therefore designating it under the Ontario Heritage Act and the Federal Heritage Railway Station Protection Act.
Opened in 1933, the Hamilton GO Centre underwent its last major renovation in 1993. Many of the existing systems and building elements were deteriorating and required replacement or rehabilitation to bring the station up to GO Transit’s accessibility design standards and into a state of good repair. Entuitive was retained by GO Transit to act as Project Manager to lead a team of consultants in conducting a Facility Audit, Heritage Impact Assessment, and Energy Audit of the existing facility. We managed the multi-disciplinary team, and performed the Structural and Building Envelope reviews for the audit. The results of the Audit are being used to determine and prioritize recommended repairs and upgrades to the facility to bring the building up to current codes and GO Transit standards.
Challenge: Being a designated Heritage building, it was necessary to ensure that all considered and recommended repairs were closely coordinated with the Heritage Architect.
Solution: While the intent of the project was to conduct the technical engineering reviews and recommendations before commencing the Heritage Impact Assessment, Entuitive engaged the Heritage Architect at the outset to ensure that no repairs or modifications to the existing facility being considered would impact the heritage condition of the facility.