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Jun 20 2018 Tours /

Building Tour: York University Station

6:45 PM Check In, 7:00 PM Tour Begins

York University Subway Station
120 Ian MacDonald Blvd
Toronto, ON M3J

12 (Free for TSA Members!)

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Join us for the first members-only building tour of 2018 as we explore this year’s theme of infrastructure with a visit to the York University Station!


photo credit: © Wade Zimmerman

“Our design for the York University Station is a response to its campus gateway location with its cultural form and a landscape scoop bringing life to the spacious concourse and providing exceptionally dramatic external views”

James McGrath, Partner at Foster + Partners

About this Building

Located at the heart of York University’s Keele Campus, the recently completed York University Station is one of the six new stations of the Toronto York Spadina Subway Extension, an 8.6 km extension of the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line from (former) Downsview station to Vaughn. The station replaces around 2000 buses a day that served the campus, providing a more reliable transit connection for approximately 60,000 students, faculty and staff at Canada’s third largest university.

The new station strives to provide passengers with plenty of daylighting and clear sense of orientation. The swooping roof of the entrance building provides a focal point and bounds the east end of the Harry W. Arthurs Common. A terraced landscaped light scoop provides external views from and draws daylighting into to the below ground concourse level of the station, which is animated by a bold V column structure. An active artwork by London-based Jason Bruges completes the passenger experience, bringing joy to the daily commute.

Tour Guides

  • William Bradley, Partner at Adamson Associates Architects
  • Andrew McAlpine, Principal, Arup
  • Joanna Kervin Director, Third Party, Planning & Property Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension Dept. at TTC

Project Team

Client: Toronto Transit Commission
Design / Engineering Lead: Arup Canada Inc.
Architects: Foster + Partners and Adamson Associates Architects
Other Key collaborators: Hancomb Limited, Jason Bruges Studio