Project led by Michael Meschino and Chongsong Yu while employed at a previous firm.
Aedas & Parkin Architects
Prime Consultant, Structural Engineer (pre-bid engineering)
Situated on a 12.9 hectare (32 acres) site, this project was designed to service and maintain the new Low Floor Light Rail Vehicles (LFLRVs) planned for use on Toronto’s new LRT system. The project was procured by Infrastructure Ontario (IO) through a long-term design-build-finance-maintain (“DBFM”) arrangement.
The facility includes a 200,000 ft2 Carhouse building for maintaining and servicing the LFLRVs, a Maintenance of Way building for maintaining and servicing the LRT lines, an electrical substation building, a storage area for over 100 LFLRVs, a parking lot, a storm water management pond, and various landscaping elements for aesthetics and noise mitigation. The Carhouse has 22 service bays across 7 tracks, with pits, mezzanines, overhead cranes, and monorails for servicing the underside and upper portions of the vehicles. The Carhouse accommodation block contains a loading dock, material storage rooms, and various office-related space. The project is aiming for a LEED Silver designation and includes a vegetated roof and provisions for solar panels.
Challenge: Improve on the reference design provided by Infrastructure Ontario in order to reduce costs and improve efficiency on this very restricted site.
Solution: Design enhancements were achieved throughout the site by all disciplines, resulting in cost and schedule benefits to the project.