York University Station
York University Station is located in the heart of the York University Campus, crossing diagonally under Ian McDonald Boulevard, with the main entrance in the Harry W. Arthurs Common. The York University Station is intended to remove the existing bus service currently circulating through the Common, and to provide pedestrian access for existing and future facilities and developments on the York University campus. The necessary TTC, YRT, Viva, and GO bus services will be relocated to bus terminals at Steeles West Station and Highway 407 Station.
The main entrance is located on the west side of Ian MacDonald Boulevard with two covered entry wings rising up to the north and south side of the Common. The entrance also has a lightwell from the Common providing daylight into the concourse and views to the campus. A roof structure links the two entrance pavilions and the lightwell. Glazing on the east side of the entrance structure provides natural light down to the concourse level. The lightwells in the Common provide passenger orientation and opportunities for daylight harvesting according to the Toronto Green Standard.
The York University Station project incorporates the following environmental initiatives:
- Cool roof and green roofs;
- Increased daylight levels to reduce electric lighting power usage;
- LED lighting in pylon signs, and energy efficient lighting in illuminated wayfinding;
- 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;
- 26 short term bicycle parking spaces; and
- Landscaping with native and drought tolerant species provided.
A major element of this station design is the roof over the upper concourse and entrances in the Common. This metal roof is considered a cool roof as it has a high solar reflectance and absorbs little heat.
The roof is clad in standing seam anodized aluminum panels with anodized aluminum cladding to the ring beam. Glazing is bird-friendly fritted glass in painted steel curtain wall framing. The emergency exit buildings and secure bicycle storage will have green roofs and will be clad in opaque glass panels. Hard landscaping will be concrete. Soft landscaping will be generally 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:
Jason Bruges Studio
Jason Bruges Studio, based in London, United Kingdom, has been awarded the public art contract for York University Station. The team of 14 that make up Jason Bruges Studio create mostly stand-alone pieces installed after a building is complete, as well as time-based mixed media.
The artist is intrigued by the dynamics of people and vehicles moving through the built environment. He has developed a piece with a working title of “Piston Effect” which has been approved by the York University Art Design Review Committee (ADRC)
The artwork is a series of glass panels on the east walls at concourse and the smoke duct above the east trainway. Mounted to the back of these panels are an array of Liquid Crystal Displays (LCDs) which can dynamically vary in tone between black and white. The result is a huge electronic screen that is capable of showing images. The final number of panels will be confirmed as the design evolves to meet the public art budget.
Early artwork development
The architect's vision for this structure is one of crisp, clean lines accented by daylight which is harvested by the light scoop and shines into the fare-array concourse level and down to the platform level through large openings in the concourse slab. Realizing this aspiration required close integration of architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing services, as well as performance requirements. This higher level of integration between architectural and engineering design has resulted in a beautiful and cost effective station, and is a good pairing of form and function.
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December 3, 2012
Yorkie and Torkie complete second section of twin tunnels.
November 2, 2012
Torkie crosses The Pond Road.
October 29, 2012
TBM "Yorkie" crosses The Pond Road.
May 4, 2012
Tokie completes the milestone of crossing Ottawa Road.
February 15, 2012
"Torkie”, began tunnelling this month from the Steeles West launch shaft.
February 15, 2012
Yorkie has just completed the milestone of crossing under Ottawa Road.
October 12, 2011
York University Project Information Centre temporarily closed.
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June 14, 2013
Overnight work begins at York University on June 19 to July 1, 2013
June 6, 2013
Vanier Lane Overnight Lane Restrictions Begin June 10 2013
April 4, 2013
Extended work will occur for the excavation of a cross passage for the northern subway tunnels.
March 26, 2013
On Wednesday, March 27, 2013, there will be a single lane restriction on York Boulevard at both ends of the traffic bridge.
February 26, 2013
Work begins February 28th, 2013 for the excavation of a cross passage for the northern subway tunnels.
February 1, 2013
The Pond Road will be restricted to one lane between Keele Street and James Gillies Street.
January 4, 2013
On Monday, January 7, 2013 caisson drilling resumes at the future York University Subway Station. This work is projected to continue for approximately five weeks.
December 21, 2012
TYSSE Construction will be modified at all the construction sites between Christmas and the New Year.
November 15, 2012
Lane restrictions eastbound on York Boulevard.
October 30, 2012
Station box excavation begins at York University.
September 20, 2012
One westbound lane closed on Steeles Ave. W on Friday, September 21, 2012
York University Construction Activity
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To contact us for information about the project:
Call the information line: 1.800.223.6192 (live operator available 24/7)
Check out the Fall 2012 Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension Newsletter that is now on-line!