Last week, end-to-end testing began on the Confederation Line. Trains are being tested both at increased speed and increased frequency. Architectural works advance at the western stations, including work such as glazing, tiling, paving, landscaping and wood ceiling installation. At the downtown stations, components such as utility cabinets, escalators, elevators and fare vending machines are being installed. Commissioning of systems is underway all along the alignment.
Tunney’s Pasture Station
Current works include the installation of signage, utility cabinets, mechanical and tiling work in the service rooms. Paving, landscaping and fencing progress. In the bus loop, crews prepare to install the bus operator building
Architectural finishes such as handrail supports and handrails will be going in. Crews will be installing lighting in the concourse and at the elevator shroud. Furnishings such as metal benches and bench light fixtures are anticipated.
Crews will be busy completing wood ceilings, stair handrails, tactile wayfinding works on the concourse and platform. Public art installation is getting underway.
The escalator cladding has been installed and fare gate barrier testing concludes. Lighting is put up around the station as are remaining door frames and hardware. Additionally, the construction of the east entrance soffit nears completion.
At the concourse level, wall tiles, elevator glazing and utility cabinets are installed. At the platform level, architectural finishes are ongoing and include handrails, ceilings, doors and frames.
Parliament Station – west entrance
This week, construction of the grade-level entrance advances with the fabrication of hand rails and façade aluminum panels. Work on the floors and ceiling panels is scheduled.
Parliament Station – east entrance
Crews focus on fabricating the fascia cladding as well as installing the ceiling panels and floor tiles.
Ongoing installations include platform stair glazing panels, ceiling grids, utility cabinets and the elevator machinery.
During the month of September, hydrovacing will be required on an infrequent basis on Rideau Street and the East Portal.
Rideau Station – west entrance
Crews are preparing the entryway between the station and CF Rideau Centre this week. Utility cabinets for this area are installed. Next week, crews will continue installing both security and fire alarm systems.
Rideau Station – east entrance
Elevator machine and glazing panel installations continue; glazing also occurs at the grade-level entrance. Lighting, hand rails, tiles, and ceiling work are ongoing throughout the various entrance landings.
Crews focus on completing the tactile wayfinding strips in the public concourse areas. Other work will focus on fare vending machine installations., Landscaping works continue.
Wood ceiling installation is expected to continue for a few more weeks. Landscaping is underway and includes plantings adjacent to the main entrance. Elevators are undergoing final commissioning.
Crews will be focused on completing the wood wall at the stairs. Public art installation is anticipated in the coming weeks. There are concrete works scheduled for the bus loop.
A small number of miscellaneous works remain, such as elevator commissioning.
Construction of an emergency egress stairway will begin in the coming weeks.
Remaining works at this station include the final inspection and commissioning of the elevators.
Bus loop works will continue for several more weeks. Construction team demobilization and final clean-up are approaching.
Guideway and Testing
Last week, end-to-end testing began on the Confederation Line. The frequency and speed of LRV testing has increased. In the east, trains are now moving in automatic train operation (ATO) mode between Blair and uOttawa Stations. Trains are now crossing between the east and westbound tracks. Additionally, coupled trains are undergoing testing in the east. Train assembly continues.
Upcoming Construction Activities
In the coming weeks, the following construction activities are scheduled to occur:
- Reductions in size to Rideau Station East Entrance work site
- Reinstatement of East Portal construction site including the southern section of Waller Street
- Integrated entrance completion at Lyon, Parliament, and Rideau Stations
- Installation of public art at Tremblay and Hurdman Stations
- Architectural finishes and landscaping works at the western stations