Tower crane marks milestone in Metrolinx UP Express station construction


GTA Construction Report staff writer

The installation of a unique tower crane is the most recent milestone in Union Station revitalization, Metrolinx has announced.

Contractors worked throughout the night Sept. 22 to 23 to install a self-erecting crane to facilitate the construction of the $23.8 million Union Pearson (UP) Express Station at Union Station. EllisDon is the general contractor.

“The crane is unique because of its self-erecting installation process and remarkably small footprint,” a Metrolinx news release said. “The crane allows for a reduced ground space area needed because of the crane’s reduced standing area; this is ideal for the constrained construction area at Union Station which sees about 180,000 riders pass through the GO concourse every day.”


The crane is positioned on Station St., which runs between Simcoe and York just north of GO Transit’s York West Teamway. The crane will be in place until the UP Express Station at Union Station construction is completed in late 2014. GO Transit’s Union Station train shed revitalization project is scheduled to be completed in 2016.

The station will be located within the existing skywalk, immediately west of the Union Station train shed. It is anticipated that the construction of the various components of UP Express spur line will support and create more than 1,225 jobs. The UP Express is fully funded by the Government of Ontario.


            Meanwhile, after six months of construction work at Pearson Airport, the UP Express station at Terminal 1 is 75 per cent complete and the Automated People Mover (APM) will be turned back over to the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, Metrolinx said.

            The UP Express station will be located adjacent to the APM station at Terminal 1, to better facilitate passenger transit throughout Pearson Airport.


The UP Express spur line and T1 passenger station is being constructed by AirLINX Transit Partners Inc., a consortium between Aecon Construction and Materials Limited and Dufferin Construction Company, and delivered using the province’s alternative financing and procurement (AFP) delivery model. The contract is for a fixed price and a fixed completion date, and is overseen by Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario.


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