Meeting Date: June 13, 2007

Subject: Station Modernization Program Design Services For Pape Station Contract: D85-10

Recommendation

It is recommended that the Commission approve the Conceptual Design for the Station Modernization Program at Pape Station which will be presented through the public consultation process as shown in Exhibit 1.

Funding

Funds for the Pape Station Modernization conceptual design have been included in the following projects of the TTC 2007-2011 Capital Program as approved by City Council on March 7, 2007:

  • Project 3.1 Finishes, under Station Modernization as set out on pages 563 to 565 of the Improvement Category.
  • Project 3.1 Finishes, Roofing Rehabilitation Program as set out on pages 529 to 538 of the State of Good Repair/Safety Category.
  • Project 3.9 Buildings and Structures, under Easier Access Phase III as set out on pages 777 and 785 of the Legislative Category.
  • Project 3.9 Buildings and Structures, under Fire Ventilation – Second Exit for Subway Stations as set out on pages 751 to 765 of the State of Good Repair/Safety Category.
  • Project 2.3 Communication Systems Rehabilitation Program, under Subway Station Fire Alarm Modifications as set out on pages 317 to 320 of the State of Good Repair/Safety Category.
  • Project 2.2 Power Distribution/Electric Systems, under Lighting Upgrades – Stations as set out on pages 195 to 198 of the State of Good Repair/Safety Category.

Funds will need to be added to the 2008 to 2012 TTC proposed Capital Program to accommodate the scope increase if existing facility roofing is replaced with a Green Roof.

[Note that Council has only approved design but not yet approved funds to cover the Station Modernization Construction that would result from this design.]

Background

A number of existing station facilities on the Bloor Danforth Subway have not had any significant finish material upgrades since they opened for revenue service in 1966. These facilities are now over 40 years old and are showing signs of wear and age. The Station Modernization Program aims to upgrade and modernize both indoor and outdoor public spaces on the Bloor Danforth Subway to provide station facilities that are:

  • in a state of good repair, maintainable and safe;
  • more easily navigated with excellent wayfinding assists at all levels;
  • visually modern and more identifiable as a TTC Transit facility; and,
  • more easily located and identifiable in the urban context.

In the interests of maximising efficiencies of the implementation of multi-program initiatives over an extended period and in the interests of minimising the impact on the travelling public during construction, the Modernization construction contract will also include the scope for:

  • Barrier-free design and elevators for the Easier Access Project, Phase III;
  • A Second Exit under the Fire Ventilation Upgrade Project;
  • Fire Alarm upgrades from the Fire Alarm Modifications Program;
  • Upgrades to surface level security lighting; and,
  • Replacement of the roofing on existing structures (including a review for the feasibility of accommodating a green roof or a Cool Roof).

The project will also include an integrated art component to meet the intent of TTC Policy/Instruction 3.1.3, Art in Public Transit Facilities. With the assistance of the City of Toronto Cultural Branch, Allan Harding McKay was selected as the artist for Pape Station though a public artist selection process. The integrated art concept will be further developed and brought to a future Commission Meeting.

Discussion

The recommended design, see Exhibit 2, as well as addressing the required elements of Modernization, Easier Access, Second Exit, and upgrades to Fire Alarm systems and at-grade lighting, includes the closure of the existing laneway between the main entrance and the bus platform to create an enlarged waiting area. This eliminates the potential for TTC patrons to cross an active bus way, protects them from the elements, and provides a safer more secure environment in the direct line of sight of the collector. The closure of the existing laneway also allows construction of elevator E1 outside of the existing structure which in turn will reduce the construction impact on the operating facility.

The recommended design also responds to the Modernization objective of urban design improvements at grade and increasing the presence of a transit facility within the context of the local neighbourhood. It also addresses the station interior finishes through the application of new wall finishes, refurbished floors, new signage, furnishings, new lighting, and the removal of existing ceilings.

Specifically, the subway platform level will be served by a new elevator on each platform and a second exit at the east end. Under the Modernization Program, the existing terrazzo floors will be repaired and refurbished. At this level and throughout the project, the walls will have new artificial stone panels installed with integrated artwork, and the existing ceiling will be repainted. In addition, new TTC standard light fixtures will be installed along the platform edge along with new signage and station furniture.

Stairs to the concourse will be repaired and tactile tiles added at the top landing. Existing low glazed-block walls enclosing the stairs will be replaced with TTC standard glass and stainless steel balustrades. An extension to the concourse will have two elevator stops to allow patrons to transition from the eastbound platform to surface or the westbound platform using a new barrier-free route parallel to the existing concourse. Existing terrazzo floors will be repaired and refurbished. As at the platform level, the walls will have artificial stone panels installed with integrated artwork, and the existing ceiling will be removed and exposed structure painted. New TTC standard light fixtures will be installed to replace existing lights along with new signage and station furniture.

Stairs to the main entrance and bus platform will be repaired and tactile tiles added at the top landings. At the main entrance the existing glazed-block stair enclosure walls will be replaced with glass and stainless steel balustrades. As at the other levels the full height interior walls will have new artificial stone panels installed with integrated artwork, terrazzo floors will be repaired, ceiling structure painted, and new TTC standard light fixtures will be installed along with new signage and station furniture. New sliding doors and an elevator will be installed to provide a barrier-free route to all levels.

On the station exterior, all brick walls will have new artificial stone panels installed matching the station interiors; the glazed curtain wall system will be upgraded; and hard landscaping will be installed around the station facilities. In addition to new signage to current TTC standards, an additional signage structure will be built to enhance the TTC brand and its visibility from the Pape and Danforth intersection.

Justification

The proposed concept will modernize the station and provide the necessary accessibility and second exit facilities.

May 23, 2007
50-63-60
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Exhibits 1 & 2