With tunnelling work now complete on the Toronto-York Spadina Subway extension, focus has shifted to the construction of the line's six new subway stations.
One of the busiest of the line's six new stations is certain to be York University Station, which will serve Canada's third-largest University when the extension opens in 2016. Construction continues at York University on the station box and excavation of the area known as the “Light Scoop”. Construction getting going now and continuing until Friday, April 11, 2014 includes the installation and operation of a dewatering system.
The station's main entrance will be located on the west side of Ian MacDonald Boulevard and is set to feature covered entry wings rising up to the north and south sides of the Common. The entrance features grand windows facing the Common and providing daylight into the concourse and out to the campus. An anodized aluminum solar-reflecting roof canopy structure links the two entrance pavilions and the skylight, while glazing on the east side of the entrance structure allows natural light to penetrate down to the concourse level below. The station's glazing will be bird-friendly, with fritted glass in painted steel curtain wall framing. Separate emergency exit buildings and secure bicycle storage will have green roofs and are to be clad in opaque glass panels.
The station, designed by Foster + Partners with Arup Canada, is on track for 2016 opening, at which point it will relieve the commuter chaos which has been plaguing York U students for years.
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