The new Burlington GO Station was a watershed project for GO Transit in that it incorporates all the elements of improved customer service that GO now considers essential in new station designs: energy efficiency, LEED Silver (minimum), retail outlets, barrier-free design and customer satisfaction.
SAI participated in early design visioning meetings with the Client, was responsible for overseeing the development of architectural working drawings, and design coordination of consultants to ensure that the project documentation was consistent with the original design vision. During the construction phase, SAI provided architectural site representation.
The project integrated a new station building and re-configured bus loops for GO Bus and Burlington Transit as well as a more accessible parking lot, pick-up and drop-off areas with existing platforms, tunnels, and a multi-level parking structure. The new station building replaced two existing station buildings, separated by almost a city block, to provide internal circulation and waiting areas as well as convenient access to existing tunnels connecting the station platforms.
The new station building contains passenger waiting areas, a new ticket office, new public restrooms, three retail outlets, a Drivers’ Lounge, mechanical and electrical support spaces, and enhanced accessibility with two new elevators.
Photography: Pooya Aledavood, Sam Exeeson