7th avenue lrt refurbishment

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

CLIENT City of Calgary
LOCATION Calgary, AB
SIZE Various
COMPLETION 2013

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.


RECOGNITION

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