As the largest downtown station -- extending along two narrow blocks of Granville Street and having an impact on three major intersections -- Waterfront Station was one of the most challenging stations to construct on the Canada Line.
While the overall design concepts differ, construction of Waterfront Station shares a similar building methodology with the 7 other underground stations along the Canada Line. The station, which is 18 metres wide and reaches a maximum depth of 17.5 metres, was built in less than 36 months.
13 months of excavation and shoring, removing more 45,000 cubic metres of material.
Installation of one vehicle and pedestrian bridge -- extending over the excavation site at Hastings Street -- and two utility bridges, one north of Hastings and one south of Hastings to carry existing utilities: Hydro, TELUS, steam, gas, water, storm and sanitary sewer.
Drilling more than 400 minipiles and 700 soil anchors. The total drill-steel length for Waterfront Station is 5.5 kilometers.
The construction of Waterfront Station required 7000 cubic metres of concrete for the base slab, passenger platform, track base, concourse level, and the grade level (roof) slabs as well as the interior walls and structural columns.
1200 tons of rebar were used for Waterfront Station
Located on Burrard Inlet between downtown’s historic Gastown and Canada Place, Waterfront Station is the Sole Northern terminus station of Canada Line as well as of the West Coast Express, Expo and Millennium SkyTrain Lines, and Seabus. For travellers, it’s an easy point of connection between transit lines or an exciting destination full of heritage buildings, viewpoints, restaurants and evening hotspots.