Design Drafts – Building Information Modelling

The Design Drafts is a series of articles focusing on the design of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT (ECLRT). This month, the focus is on the use of Building Information Modelling to aid design and construction.

Construction is a physical job. It takes people on the ground to excavate, pour concrete, lay down steel and perform the many steps involved in building a new transit line. Read more »

Soil Management – Excelling with Excess

With household waste, unwanted possessions and garbage are stuffed into the bin, brought to the curb, and promptly forgotten about. However, behind the scenes, there’s an army of city employees working to transport, sort, and store the waste. 

This process works perfectly on a small scale, but what if the project is bigger? What if, instead of a bag of garbage, the material in question was truckloads of dirt? Read more »

Photo Reflections - 2017 Construction Progress

In what had originally been called, “The Year of the Dig,” 2017 became more than just that for construction on the Eglinton Crosstown. At the start of the year, concrete had yet to be poured at construction sites for each of the stations and not a single piece of steel had been put in place. With each month, efforts gradually ramped up, with excavation shaping the stations to come and structures starting to form.

Here are the best photos from Eglinton Crosstown construction in 2017: Read more »

Life Saving Measures – The Davit Arm

Safety is an integral part to the work currently being done for the Eglinton Crosstown, both for the public and construction crews on site. In the event of a worker injury on a Crosstown site, it’s important that teams respond effectively. Eliminating risk and providing sites with the tools needed for first response care is an essential step. On complex construction sites with varying depths, tools are needed to extract an injured person while preventing further injury.

Enter the Davit Arm. Read more »

Mining Update – End of 2017

2017 saw the start of many different major construction activities at Crosstown station sites across Eglinton: concrete pours, steel installation, piling, and excavation to name a few. In addition, one major activity unique in Toronto’s urban landscape began at some sites – mining.
For info on mining basics at Laird, click here: http://www.thecrosstown.ca/news-media/whats-new/update-mining-at-laird-station-main-entrance  Read more »

The Design Drafts – Future Development

The Design Drafts is a series of articles focusing on the design of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT (ECLRT). This month, the focus is on potential future development in station design. Read more »

No Loop, No Problem - Testing unbuilt infrastructure

 

You would never buy a product that hasn’t been tested. Whether it’s a home appliance, a vehicle or any retail item, it’s important to know that the items we buy are tested to guarantee the quality of their construction.

The same principle applies when building a new transit line. We want to know that every new piece of infrastructure works exactly as intended, and that it has been tested for operational readiness on opening day. Read more »

The Design Drafts – Interchanges

The Design Drafts is a series of articles focusing on the design of the Eglinton LRT (ELRT). This month, we sat down with Crosslinx Transit Solutions Design Manager Hagen Materne to discuss challenges in designing Eglinton and Cedarvale Stations – interchanges with TTC’s Line 1. Read more »

The Design Drafts – Crosstown Design Overview

The Design Drafts is a new series of articles focusing on the design of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT. In the coming months, articles will focus on topics like station design, neighbourhood integration and public artwork. Read more »