The design of the Bloomington GO Station mobility hub responds to its siting within a provincially protected wetland by integrating the station and bus loops in the interior of a bifurcated parking structure. This bold design allows for a minimal ecological footprint while maximizing access to the expanded regional rail and bus service.
The new Bloomington GO Station represents a vital mobility hub in York Region. As the new northern terminus on the Richmond Hill line, this flagship station expands the regional public transportation network serving the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area, and connects the Oak Ridges community and the town of Whitchurch–Stouffville to downtown Toronto with daily train and bus services.
The new Bloomington GO Station mobility hub is a landmark station in a rural site.
Located at the intersection of Bloomington Road and Highway 404, the site resides within the Ontario Greenbelt, a provincially protected wetland ringing the rapidly growing Golden Horseshoe region with several natural heritage elements, including wildlife. The sculptural building also serves as a landmark promoting commuter rail through contemporary design and construction. With the prominent use of concrete products in various forms and finishes, the facility design delivers both aesthetic appeal and enhanced durability.
The Bloomington GO Station is built within the Ontario Greenbelt. It was therefore imperative to use sustainable construction and incorporate environmental conservation in the station’s design to protect this sensitive habitat. The challenges posed by the site became the pallet for the creative achievements of the project. The station is designed to maximize usable space while minimizing land use. To achieve this, the station building and bus loop are integrated within the body of the parking structure to control the development’s footprint. Designed and constructed to LEED Gold standards, the facility includes electricity-generating solar panels, low energy LED lights, and a stormwater management system to reuse water around the site.
The project embraces ecological stewardship while enhancing users’ experience. The multi-modal transit hub is an open concept, three-storey structure with two wings of parking decks running along an interior, main street, atrium space that connects – through a series of pedestrian ramps – to bus platforms on the lower level, the station building at-grade, and the rail platforms above. The open-concept and glass-ceiling atrium, allows light to permeate throughout the sculptural space and increase visibility across parking, platforms, and waiting areas. The feeling of a main street extends from the atrium to a covered walkway lining the surface parking lot to create a passenger pick-up and drop-off area. The parking deck accommodates 760 vehicles and includes bike shelters with direct access to the platforms. A six-bay bus loop runs through the lower level of the structure providing local transit connections. While at track level, the 12-car platform features a snow melting system and designated waiting areas. The use of concrete as the major building material distinguishes the facility as a composition of sculptural elements which are at the same time robust and ephemeral, capturing the dynamic interplay of light and shadow.
Bloomington GO Station is part of a transformation that will connect York region better than ever before. Whether you’re located in Richmond Hill, Aurora, or Stouffville, Bloomington Station will get you where you need to be better, faster and easier.
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