Fast + Epp was engaged to design the new bus terminal’s mass timber and steel structure. The firm was one of the first in Western Canada to pioneer iconic transportation stations and canopies using heavy timber or hybrid materials, recognizing the materials’ aesthetic and durability potential.
For this project, an exposed heavy-timber structural solution seemed the most logical fit: it created a warm, inviting environment and was a sustainable building material with a low carbon footprint. Steel framing for the roof ensured durability and strength, and allowed the structure to slope upwards to create a large glazed façade at the main entrance. Glass windscreens and warming shelters at the platforms shelter pedestrians from the elements, yet still promote security, transparency and accessibility on all sides.