SAI created indoor Zone Hubs and GSM Offices able to withstand outdoor conditions located on the bus transfer level of Bloor and St Clair subway stations.
It was expected that the contrasting heat and cold on the exterior would create excessive moisture on the interior of the kiosk and so water-resistant finishes were specified. The rooftop was also required to be water-resistant with a drain to be used for power washing – the required plumbing also made an interior kitchenette possible. Also installed on the rooftop were bird spikes hidden behind a parapet to deter critters from nesting, as part of the visual design for passengers descending from nearby escalators.
Security was important and so we specified laminated glass that is just short of bulletproof for the kiosk windows, and planned for speakers to communicate with customers. All utilities for HVAC and electrical are located inside of the kiosk.
The kiosk is AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act) compliant and accessible, as is the GSM (General Station Manager) office intended to handle day-to-day management and emergencies.
To the TTC passenger, the kiosk branded TTC as being customer friendly in a growing and more complex subway system.