Joyce-Collingwood SkyTrain Station Upgrade – Phase 1 & 2

Location: Vancouver, British Columbia

Upgrades to the existing Joyce-Collingwood SkyTrain Station addressed critical capacity issues, crowding and wait times. As the station remained operational throughout the project, the work was divided into two phases.

Phase 1 involved upgrades to the existing station by building a new East Station House, extension and renovation to the existing platform; construction of a plaza area as well as improved access via escalators, elevator and staircases. The East Station House is a glazed steel structure with CRU space, bike storage and ancillary space. The scope included a steel roof structure and precast platform above the tracks that was executed between 2am and 5 am when there is no train traffic.

Phase 2 comprised the upgrades to the bus loops and the West Station House. The latter included a new elevator and extended roof structure on the platform.

Construction in and around the operating SkyTrain station with a high volume of pedestrian traffic and right on a busy road intersection added to the challenge as Joyce-Collingwood Station straddles Joyce Street, which added the element of a disjointed site. Some of the platform upgrade work occurred over top of the road so safety was of paramount importance to the project team.

Contract Value

$19 million (Phase 1); $12 million (Phase 2)

Prime Consultant

office of mcfarlane biggar architects + designers

Project Owner


Contract Format

Lump Sum

Completion Date

November 2017 (Phase 1); January 2019 (Phase 2)

Contract Duration

24 (Phase 1); 13 (Phase 2)