The TTC's Design for Vaughan Corporate Centre Station - The Intrepid

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The TTC's Design for Vaughan Corporate Centre Station

Vaughan Corporate Centre Station TTCThe TTC's exterior rendering of Vaughan Corporate Centre station is a little disingenuous, as the area around Vaughan Corporate Centre is mostly made up of big box stores and fields; this render makes it look like a bustling metropolis. It may look like this someday, but not in four years.

Yesterday, for Torontoist, I took a look at the TTC’s plans for Finch West station, a new station being built along the Spadina subway extension. Since I have nothing but free time on my hands these days, I figured I might as well examine the design specs for another overlooked station, Vaughan Corporate Centre [PDF]—the station with the name that just rolls off the tongue.

At the moment, the name of the station is still up for debate, and Tim Simmonds, the director of economic development for the City of Vaughan, has formally requested something a little more concise: Vaughan Metropolitan Centre station, to match the city’s new name for the area. Why can’t it be simple, like Vaughan or Vaughan Centre? Is that too much to ask?

Vaughan Corporate Centre Station TTCThe street-level plan for the station.

Vaughan Corporate Centre is final station along the proposed new Spadina line, and the only station to be built entirely inside the borders of Vaughan. (Half of Steeles West station, which cuts diagonally across Steeles Avenue—Toronto’s northern border—will be built in Vaughan, the other half will be built in Toronto.)

Like most of the other stations under consideration, Vaughan Corporate Centre will feature public artwork; bright, open spaces; high ceilings; a sustainable design that meets Toronto’s Green Standard; and knockout panels for any future expansions. The plan also incorporates a bus terminal for York Region Transit (YRT) and a platform along Highway 7 for Viva Bus Transit.

Vaughan Corporate Centre Station TTCWhat Vaughan Corporate Centre looks like right now. Flashy! (Google Maps)

The TTC budgeted $128 million for the station, but the current estimated price, due to escalating construction costs, is $177 million. (So far, all of the proposed stations along the Spadina extension are over budget.) The commission’s report also suggests that the station’s domed entrance may lead to greater than expected maintenance costs, unless addressed by "engineering solutions."

Construction of the station is slated to begin in 2011, and the TTC expects to complete the project by 2014.