7th avenue lrt refurbishment

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

CLIENT City of Calgary
SIZE Various

The original corridor could not have anticipated the number of people the 7th Ave LRT would serve. The stations became over-crowded and uncomfortable. In addition, the design of the original stations did not integrate the streetscape with the transit corridor. 

The result was a fragmented urban environment that was over-crowded at peak times and void of street life at all others. GEC Architecture was retained as prime consultant on the complete refurbishment of the 15-block long 7th Avenue Transit Corridor, with subconsultants including RJC, Sturgess, and CH2M Hill. 

The redesigned street 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