Project led by Brian van Bussel while employed at a previous firm.
Structural Engineering Consultant
The Oakville GO Station is one of the busiest commuter hubs in the Greater Toronto Area by rider volume – second only to Union Station in downtown Toronto. To adequately accommodate the high volume of commuters who require parking, a 6-level parking garage was built
The open air structure provides parking for 1,381 cars, features a kiss-and-ride on the lower floor, a tunnel passing beneath the tracks for platform access, glass front and back elevators for passive security, and architectural elevations sympathetic to the neighbouring residential community. The exterior facade of the building includes a curtain wall system at the elevator core and the stair cores with textured architectural pre-cast detailing. The structure consists of cast-in-place elevator and stair cores, foundations and a slab-on-grade. The structural system consists largely of pre-cast concrete columns, column walls and pre-cast double tees for the parking decks. Additionally, the structure has includes a photovoltaic array producing electricity that is fed into Ontario’s power grid.
Challenge: Provide highly visible vertical transportation elements to enhance patron safety in stairwells and elevators.
Solution: Large openings in each of the cast-in place concrete stairwells and elevators for curtain wall glazing delivered the desired visibility. This feature was made possible despite a reduction in the strength and stiffness of the lateral load resisting elements.