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King-Victoria Transit Hub
(Yesterday, 02:06 PM)Canard Wrote: So many people here have never touched actual design or engineering I see.

All good intentions and “it looks so easy!”, but the real world doesn’t work like that.

You literally *just* speculated on timelines in the ION thread. Why is it okay for you to do that but when other people indulge in the exact same excercise about a different topic suddenly you're horribly offended by their ignorance and complaining about arm chair this-es and thats? You love speculating just as much as us, so cut it out already.

thinking more about it, I envision they'll do something like this (i hope!) as the first phase, a high quality station in a small footprint that leaves room for the rest of the development:

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That is stunning.
(Yesterday, 02:06 PM)Canard Wrote: So many people here have never touched actual design or engineering I see.

All good intentions and “it looks so easy!”, but the real world doesn’t work like that.

I’d say you know less about what I’ve touched than I know about design and engineering.

If you think there is something wrong with what I wrote, please explain. Are you claiming that one cannot design a building such that it is capable of taking the load of a much larger building built on top later? Or do you claim that it is no harder to install new larger foundations and columns within an existing building than it is in a blank-slate building? What exactly is your criticism, other than that people are bouncing ideas around?

Personally I think the discussion has been pretty respectful of the lack of information available to a casual conversation like this — I’m not the only person who has suggested ideas, but tempered them with some consideration of the potential problems and difficulties. And in this particular case, I don’t think anybody has even disagreed with any professional work product.
(Yesterday, 02:22 PM)jamincan Wrote: That is stunning.

It is.  I wonder what it cost?  It's gorgeous, but doesn't look (to me) like a $40m + building.
As a point of comparison, the Stephen Hawking Centre at the PI was $30 million.
Will this design be part of some sort of architecture competition?

Would something like this possibly draw (inter)national attention?

Who is the dream starchitect/architect - surely there are some architects here with some dream designers for something like this?

It would be too exciting if done as a competition that people could vote on.
Region taking on construction of transit terminal portion of hub in downtown Kitchener
Quote:The landmark mixed-use development planned for downtown Kitchener will now be built in stages, and Waterloo Region will look after the transit portion.

"We are going to take on the construction of the transit hub," Coun. Tom Galloway, chair of the region's planning and works committee, said Tuesday.

"Then we'll chunk out the commercial, residential piece at a later date."

The original plan for the parcel at King and Victoria streets was to have a master developer look after the entire site, which would include transit infrastructure as well as residential, office and retail uses.
"It's no change to the overall vision for the site," said Ellen McGaghey, the region's director of facilities and fleet management. "They weren't going to do it all at one go, anyway."

This way the region can move forward with the transit terminal, which will seamlessly connect passengers on Ion, GO Transit, Via Rail service and Grand River Transit, while having more control over the look of the hub.

"This is going to have a high level of design. This is going to be an iconic building," Galloway said.

The province has committed $43 million for the transit-related components of the project. It's not expected the stumble with the master developer will significantly affect the original schedule, with construction on the transit hub expected to be completed in late 2021 or early 2022.
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