Linking Canada’s capital from east to west, Ottawa’s light-rail transit system has been a high-profile public infrastructure project with a tight construction timeline – the city’s most ambitious to date.

Fast + Epp was involved with the structural design of four of the Confederation Line’s 13 transit stations, featuring precast and cast-in-place concrete platform structures, and architecturally-exposed articulated steel canopies.


Project Essentials

  • LocationOttawa, ON
  • ClientCity of Ottawa
  • ArchitectBBB Architects and Adamson Architects

Unique to the project was its public-private partnership (P3) approach and adherence to stringent International Standards Organization (ISO) benchmarks for quality and environmental stewardship, reviewed by a third-party auditor throughout the schedule. It is anticipated that the P3 approach will become increasingly common on infrastructure projects in Canada, to ensure schedule and budget benchmarks are met.

The 12.5km Confederation Line is expected to move 24,000 riders in each direction every hour when it begins operation, providing sustainable transit alternatives for a growing capital region.