The extension of Calgary’s south Light Rapid Transit (LRT) line gives residents in the southwest and southeast communities easier access to the LRT and encourages transit use. It provides for faster, more direct trips for transit commuters and a more efficient feeder bus service.
As a component of the south line extension, Maple Reinders was awarded the contract to construct the new Somerset/Bridlewood station. With its distinct architecture, undulating roof-line and all-glass shelters, this station was a stand-out project for the City of Calgary.
The terminal station has a 17,000 SF centre-loading platform with heated enclosures, ticketing and tranSFer kiosks, and a 5,000 SF Enmax utility facility. Pedestrian links were included in the scope of work with at-grade crossing of both tracks to the south and at-grade crossing of the northbound track at the north end. Park ‘n Ride facilities with a capacity of approximately 900 stalls are located both east and west of the station.
Maple Reinders engaged in an extensive Construction Management process with Focus on the Family, a not-for-profit organization, to construct a three-storey office building of 24,000 SF on top of 15,000 SF of enclosed parking structure.
The project awarded to Maple Reinders was part of a phased program to address operational improvements at both car houses. The work at Russell Carhouse consisted of a new wash-down pit to replace the existing hand-scrape and air-blast undercar cleaning system with a high-pressure water system.
The construction of the school took place while the existing Westbrook School (built in 1953) was in use for an entire school year. The contract included abatement and demolition of the existing school which was undertaken during the summer break.