Ottawa Confederation Line
Capital Transit Partners
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Area: 7 stations, 395 ft (120 m) platforms each
The Confederation Line is a new 8 mile electric light rail transit line from Tunney’s Pasture Station in the west to Blair Station in the east via a 1.5 mile downtown transit tunnel. In 2010, Perkins+Will in collaboration with the Capital Transit Partners consortium, was commissioned by the City of Ottawa to provide preliminary designs of the new stations along the line, and to carry forward (7 of the stations) to 30% design whose design development is under the purview of the National Capital Commission.
The stations are designed to be efficient, universally accessible, and provide residents and visitors with convenient links to a variety of community and city-wide destinations. The stations are also designed to provide future flexibility, accommodating potential changes to the program, needs and ridership.
The designs emphasize comfort, experience, quality, accessibility, convenience and sustainability in their built form, materials and details. Stations exhibit a unified design approach across the system, while expressing an individual distinctiveness in response to each station's individual context. Each station will contribute to and act as a catalyst for the integration and improvement of the surrounding urban fabric.
The designs for the stations embody the principles of holistic sustainable design—including the environmental, cultural, social and economic aspects of sustainability. The design team pursued innovative, integrated, locally relevant and appropriate sustainable solutions that promote energy efficiency, greenhouse gas reductions, environment quality and sensitive material selection.