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Project to revamp Union Station impresses Russian visitors

City of Toronto staff recently lead a delegation of about 50 engineers and construction professionals from Russia on a site tour of the project to revitalize Union Station.

The project’s principal engineer, Rick Tolkunow led the tour to raise awareness of the project revitalization among international audiences.

Delegates were interested in learning about construction techniques and technologies contractors were using during the “dig-down,” one of the most significant stages of construction. The dig-down involves excavating four metres below the floor level to create space for a new lower-level retail concourse and two new transit concourses. This labour-intensive process will take several years, as workers meticulously replace or re-inforce hundreds of concrete columns holding up the station, one column at a time.

The site tour continued into the underground PATH pedestrian accessway system, which the City is also expanding as part of the project. Delegates then headed to City Hall, where they heard from other presenters about intergovernmental relations and purchasing and materials management.

The delegation was in town for the Canadian-Russian Construction Forum and annual Construct Canada show, both of which draw decision-makers from the construction, engineering, design and facilities management industries and government.