August 24, 2004
Ground broken for terminal project
Officials of the Toronto Port Authority (TPA), Canadian American Transportation Systems and construction giant Ellis- Don last week officially broke ground for the 38,000-square-foot Toronto international marine passenger terminal.
Construction of the $6.3-million permanent terminal is expected to last five months, said Bob Smith, EllisDon’s senior vice-president of designbuild.
“Barring any unforeseen problems, we should have the permanent facility up and running early in the new year.”
Designed by Toronto’s ZAS Architects Inc., the two-storey structure is being built on an industrial site on the Toronto waterfront.
The functional layout, both inside the terminal building and outside in the vehicle marshalling areas, is intended to provide quick and efficient processing of passengers and vehicles.
The building will be constructed above the frost line on an innovative, raised forming system that is engineered and distributed by Pontarolo Engineering Inc.
“Essentially,, this is a forming system whereby an economical slab on grade and foundation system is achieved using plastic, interlocking waffle-like forms, resembling small tables,” the port authority said in a statement.
Frost protection is achieved by horizontal, rigid insulation placed directly below a sidewalk encircling the entire building.
Economy is achieved by constructing the foundations quickly by keeping the foundation above the water line.
In addition, the structural steel frame is designed without any steel bracing for greater flexibility in the future.
The second floor is equipped with an adjustable passenger bridge between the vessel and the building’s debarkation area.
This bridge is designed to accommodate the fluctuating water levels of Lake Ontario as well as the vessel’s own variation in height as it takes on vehicles and passengers.
The project is being constructed on a design-build basis.
Project architect Dan Vrabec of ZAS said the design incorporates “numerous challenging programmatic elements” required by the various user groups and the public.
“The design also is rooted in notions of passage, transportation and sailing, producing a sleek and modern building using an assemblage of economical materials,” he said.
“Simply detailed yet vibrant colours of corrugated metal siding are combined playfully with large expanses of glass, allowing departing and arriving passengers views of both Toronto harbour and the ferry itself.”
The new border crossing into Canada is the first in 40 years.
“Today’s event is a significant milestone in the long, seven-year history in the development of the Toronto-Rochester fast ferry project and the terminal,” said port authority chairman Henry Pankratz.
“TPA is proud of its role in making today a reality.”
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