The Federation of Canadian Municipalities has honoured the Toronto Transit Commission’s Victoria Park Bus Terminal Replacement and Transit Plaza with a Sustainable Communities Award. The project, lead by Stevens Group Architects, replaced a former elevated bus loop with a more accessible terminal located at grade alongside the station, and leveraged this work to achieve accessibility and design improvements throughout the subway station and its connections to street and neighbourhood. The subway station retrofit included a new green roof, windows and public art added to the subway platforms, and enhancements to the walkways that connect the station to the Crescent Town development to the west and Teesdale and Albion Avenue to the east.
Brown+Storey Architects were the project’s urban designers, providing key details and an innovative approach that carried accessibility improvements from within the new bus terminal out to both sides of Victoria Park Avenue where sidewalks were added or broadened and seating and small public plazas created to give residents safe places to wait streetside.
The Victoria Park retrofit built on a previous visioning study conducted by Richard Stevens Architect, B+SA and Earth Tech Canada looking at retrofit and redevelopment options for both Victoria Park and Warden subway stations. B+SA continue to be active in working with the local councilor and others towards further improvements to the pedestrian environment and open space connections at Victoria Park. The firm also looks forward to the restart of efforts to renew Warden station and its environs.