The TTC’s Keele subway station came online in 1966, but unlike most underground stops it was built across a valley, requiring the station to be elevated. More than 50 years later, Keele Station is being made more fully accessible as part of the TTC’s Multi-Year Accessibility Plan.
As the masonry contractor for the project, BRC helped re-establish that functionality, building two new elevator shafts to move TTC customers from bus level to track level at eastbound and westbound platforms. BRC also bumped out walls at the bus loop to convert part of the area into much-needed work and storage space for TTC staff.
The station isn’t the oldest in the system, but BRC was focused on maintaining the familiarity of brick colour and architectural elements from the original construction. We salvaged any brick in good condition for reuse on site. One of the architectural elements is a series of precast square openings inside a brick wall that delineates one end of the passenger area at the bus loop.
The two elevator shafts, one on each end of the station, were added to the outside of the station walls. New walls were made of steel-reinforced concrete block and fully grouted.
Toronto Transit Commission (TTC)
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