At a ceremony held Sept. 11, the Toronto Transit Commission was presented with an Urban Design Award from the city of Toronto for its work on the Victoria Park bus terminal replacement.
The Award of Excellence won by the TTC is one of five presented in the category "Buildings in Context - Public." The city holds the Urban Design Awards every other year to acknowledge the significant contribution that architects, landscape architects, urban designers, artists, design students, and city builders make to the look and livability of our city.
The Victoria Park Station project encompassed the rehabilitation and upgrading of a major multimodal transit hub used by more than 25,000 people per day. The TTC converted the station to a light and airy, user-friendly station with a vastly improved public realm.
In the process of achieving its three main objectives:
- Improve customer experience
- Make the station accessible and barrier-free
- Address and redress structural deterioration
Victoria Park Station was integrated into the neighbourhood through improved connections within the station itself and to the surrounding community. What could have been a standard bus terminal replacement evolved into a sustainable development community initiative, in part through the installation of a 5000 square meter green roof, at the time the largest green roof in the city of Toronto.
The project team included TTC staff as well as consultants SGA/IBI Architects, Scott Torrance Landscape Architect, and Brown+ Storey Architects Inc. The TTC also received a 2013 Award of Excellence from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities for the Victoria Park project.