Pioneer Village Station
Pioneer Village Station runs diagonally under the intersection of Steeles Avenue West and Northwest Gate and is intended to provide access for existing and future developments, along Steeles Avenue West. Station surface buildings have been laid out to maximize the potential for transit oriented development to occur.
Commuter parking for 1,850 vehicles and associated access roads are located in the hydro corridor to the north of the station. The main entrance to the subway is located on the north side of Steeles Avenue West and provides access to the YRT bus terminal, the on-street Passenger Pick-Up and Drop Off and commuter parking. Between the main entrance and the YRT bus terminal is the TTC substation. The YRT bus terminal will be operated and maintained by York Region. A pedestrian walkway from the commuter parking lot through the YRT bus terminal will be designed to provide a protected route for passengers moving to and from the main entrance.
An automatic entrance is located south of Steeles Avenue West on the east side of Northwest Gate, adjacent to the TTC bus terminal. The bus terminal has access from the new Track & Field Road, Northwest Gate, and a new east-west road link south of the bus terminal. A second automatic entrance is located at the south end of the TTC bus terminal.
There are two concourses, one at each end of the station, allowing utilities and future underground Light Rail Transit tunnels to cross over the top of the station. The additional weight of backfill also helps reduce the impact of buoyancy caused by the high water table.
The Pioneer Village Station project incorporates the following environmental initiatives:
Cool roofs and green roofs;
Increased daylight levels to reduce electric lighting power usage;
LED lighting in pylon signs, and energy efficient lighting in illuminated wayfinding signage to reduce power consumption;
Water efficient plumbing fixtures;
Energy efficient HVAC system;
Reduced storm water runoff into the municipal drainage system by utilizing green roof landscaping and soft landscaping areas adjacent to other building runoff areas;
Short term bicycle parking spaces; and
Landscaping with native and drought tolerant species.
The roofs over the entrance buildings are cool roofs and the roofs over the TTC bus terminal and substation building are green roofs. Glazing is clear bird-friendly fritted glass. The façades are clad with weathering steel metal panels with matching porcelain enamel panels at the base. The TTC bus terminal, entrance buildings and substation are clad in solid weathering steel panels above the touch zone with glass or porcelain enamel below.
Hard landscaping will be white and grey concrete in a pattern to match the architecture. Soft landscaping will be hardy and low maintenance for durability in the local environment.
Follow these links to the TTC Commission Reports and learn more about the conceptual design and features for Station:
Interior View of Bus Terminal
Interior Main Entrance
Artists Tim and Jan Edler
Jan Edler (realities: united) based in Berlin, Germany, has been awarded the public art contract for Pioneer Village Station. Tim and Jan Edler and their team are known for their technology-based media platforms and are interested in the concept of facades and the nature of pixels and how they resolve into images. The artists have worked in close collaboration with the architectural design team to develop a concept for a public art that is called “LightSpell”.
LightSpell is a “super sculpture”; a hybrid between art installation and the lighting of the subway station. The interactive installation consists of a suspended array of 62 light elements. Each element is made of 16 individually controllable luminaires and can produce all letters of the alphabet, as well as special characters and numerals from 0 to 9.
Regardless of the character displayed, the light intensity of the active segments is automatically adjusted so that the illumination of the space below is kept at a constant level.
In the artist’s words …
LightSpell is an experiment in public interaction and will entail various aspects regarding the freedom of the individual versus the interest of the larger group. It is a democratic installation: Whatever message by an individual is projected the installation always serves the demands of thecommunity of other waiting people by providing light for everybody.
SGA/IBI Group Architects in joint venture with Alsop Architects are designing Pioneer Village Station.
This station is intended to become a new civic landmark with unique and world-class architecture, straddling the border of Toronto and York Region and anchoring a corner of York University Campus. Pioneer Village station will serve as an integrated regional transport hub serving up to 20,000 subway passenger trips daily with 1900 commuter parking spaces, two separate regional bus terminals serving the station.
At this undeveloped location, the station entrances and bus terminals will form a new public focal point that will serve the future development of the surrounding area. The design of the subway station itself is defined by a fluid, continuous connection from the surface level down to the platform from both ends of the station. The entrance buildings form a pair of sculptural objects, robust and yet embodying playfulness and free flowing movement. This design theme is taken further through collaboration with an artist to install a major interactive artwork in the station. With this station, the Design Team seek to transform the everyday journey into an experience of joy and delight.
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