AtkinsRéalis was mandated to provide multidisciplinary engineering for the construction of a new entrance building at the Vendôme metro station. It includes a new underground corridor connecting this entryway with new accesses to the metro station, exo’s commuter train station and the McGill University Health Centre. To abide by the 72-hour train service disruption periods, six meters of this tunnel was installed in four prefabricated sections, and another 12-meter section (650-ton) was cast in place and pushed to its final location by computer-assisted hydraulic jacks. The station is now equipped with five elevators, enlarged motorized doors and swing gates, thus enhancing the travelling experience for all users, especially those with reduced mobility. The new facilities have the unanimous approval of all involved stakeholders, as they provide a fluid and accessible link between the Vendôme multimodal hub and the nearby hospital complex. The project's innovative application of a sliding construction technique for the prefabricated tunnel, a first in Canada, caught the juror’s attention. The use of recycled glass powder, challenging and requiring significant effort, also stood out as a unique feature. For the jurors, achieving a Gold Envision® award, a first for a metro station, further emphasized the project's commitment to sustainability.
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