7th Avenue LRT Refurbishment

Client City of Calgary | Location Calgary, AB | Size Various | Completion 2013


7th Avenue connects people, businesses, and open spaces as part of a revitalized urban realm.

The original corridor could not have anticipated the number of people the 7th Ave LRT would serve. As Calgary grew, the stations quickly became overcrowded and the stations did not integrate with the streetscape. The result was a fragmented urban environment that was over-crowded at peak times and void of street life at all others. To reinvigorate the corridor, GEC Architecture worked with the City to completely refurbish the 15-block long 7th Avenue Transit Corridor.

The redesign links people, businesses, trains, and buses in a vibrant urban corridor. The corridor includes 11 new four-car long stations, a new traction power system, improved infrastructure for the accommodation of buses, and a significantly upgraded urban landscape with new interfaces to adjacent buildings. All of this work was done under full revenue service over a decade, and has completely transformed the face of downtown Calgary.



2008 - Urban Design Award

2007 - Mayor’s Urban Design Awards (MUDA) | Urban Architecture

2007 - Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC) | Steel Design Awards of Excellence - Architectural Award

2005 - Mayor's Urban Design Awards

2005 - Downtown Vitality Awards