Modernizing Stations – Pickering GO Station

LEED® Gold certified

GO Transit’s Pickering station building has attained the LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification, a first for a GO Transit passenger station building and a transit agency in the GTHA. The building was rehabilitated in 2011 and is now complete with a number of passenger amenities and eco-friendly features.

By the Numbers

82% of construction waste diverted from landfill
60% in annual energy savings
50% of electricity the station purchases is from Green-e certified, Canadian, renewable energy sources
45% of water savings per year (about 400,000 litres)
20% of building materials used in construction was manufactured from recycled content
20% of building materials was locally extracted and manufactured
50% of all wood-based construction materials were certified in accordance with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
90% of the building’s floor area is exposed to natural light due to the size and number of windows
11 Carbon Dioxide (CO2) monitors
6 permanent grate systems installed at entryways
130 interior and exterior lamps that contain low to no amounts of mercury

Pickering Parking Structure

The Project

Pickering GO Station is being transformed to deliver significant customer improvements. In 2014, we completed a parking structure, providing 1,700 parking spaces.

Most of level one is designated for reserved parking customers. There are two driveways in and one driveway out of the structure. The elevators are located on the north side of the structure. The car counting system at both entrances indicates when each level is full.

Customer Impact

Work will continue on the link to the 401 pedestrian bridge, covered accessible parking area, landscaping and promenade on the south side of the structure until spring/summer 2014. The installation of the Kalzip shroud around the bridge is continuing. Kalzip is a steel mesh material that is usually used as roofing material and is used here for the first time in this type of application. Installation is scheduled to be completed in summer of 2014. Refer to the latest construction notice for more details.

Work has also started on the installation of platform-level elevators and is scheduled for completion in summer of 2015.

Two sections of platforms 1 and 2, located underneath and east of the pedestrian bridge, have been closed off to allow for the installation of elevators. The closures will be in effect until the fall of 2014. Refer to the latest construction notice for more details.

By the Numbers

1,700 total number of parking spaces
1,200 total number of new parking spaces
33 barrier-free parking spaces on the ground level of the structure
5 levels in the parking structure
106,886 square foot footprint of the structure (that’s just over the size of 5 hockey rinks)
123,601 cubic feet of concrete for the parking structure (for components not made of pre-cast including elevator shafts, staircases, foundations, footings, etc.)
134,196 cubic feet of concrete for topping driving surfaces and rooftop (that’s close to 1.5 times the amount of water in an Olympic-sized swimming pool)
580 pre-cast concrete components
53,820 square feet of formwork
2 elevators
8 piers to support the link bridge
600 high-efficiency LED lighting fixtures
5 planned EV charging stations

GO Transit’s Pickering station building attained the LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification, a first for a GO Transit passenger station building and a transit agency in the GTHA. The station building work was completed in 2011.

Pickering Pedestrian Bridge

The Project

The Pickering pedestrian bridge opened to the public on Monday, February 27, 2012. It is a fully enclosed, 250-metre connection across six train tracks immediately adjacent to the Pickering GO Station, 15 lanes of Highway 401, as well as Pickering Parkway on the north side.

The bridge offers:

  • A convenient pedestrian north-south link across Highway 401 for the communities in the surrounding area
  • Access to 576 temporary surface parking spaces at the Pickering Town Centre leased to accommodate GO customers due to the loss of parking when construction of the new parking structure on the south side of the 401 began
  • Access to 502 GO parking spaces located on levels 2 & 3 of the office tower on the north side of the highway

The installation of the Kalzip shroud around the bridge is continuing. Kalzip is a steel mesh material that is usually used as roofing material and is used here for the first time in this type of application. Installation is scheduled to be completed in late 2014.

Work has also started on the installation of platform-level elevators and is scheduled for completion in summer of 2015.

This is one way we’re transforming transit.