30,000 cubic meters of soil was excavated from the site. VCC was the only downtown station requiring blasting to break up the ground material.
Excavation and shoring work was completed in 11 months to establish a station box measuring 90 meters long, 20 meters wide and 15 meters deep. Following the first pass of the bored tunnel through the excavated site, construction of the station structure commenced.
A 50 meter-long cantilever sidewalk, secured to the east side of the Sears building suspended 15 meters over the excavated site.
Concrete poured to form the track level bed of the station.
False work at the concourse level of the station where passengers will access the trains. Mechanical, electrical and utility rooms are also located on this level.
Scaffolding at the east side of the station box is used to support shotcrete work for the perimeter walls. Columns in the centre of the station are constructed to support the station escalator and stairwells.
Joist and plywood falsework for the roof slab. Completion of deck to accept concrete roof slabs.
Rebar and conduit work were completed prior to the roof slab concrete pour. In total four pours were necessary to complete the station roof.
After one week of curing, the concrete for the roof is secure and the false work is removed. Remaining activities include, waterproofing, restoration of utilities and backfilling before the City of Vancouver paves the street and restores it for vehicle and pedestrian traffic.
Situated in the heart of downtown Vancouver on the Southwest corner of Granville Street and W Georgia Street, Vancouver City Centre Station offers easy access to offices, shopping, transit connections and everything downtown has to offer. Shoppers will find additional underground entrances leading directly into Pacific Center Mall and The Bay.