McIntosh Perry provided Detailed Design and Contract Administration and inspection services for this high-profile project. The assignment included the expansion of the existing undersized transit transfer point located on the south side of the Cataraqui Centre in Kingston. The proposed expansion was designed to provide a large concrete bus pad that would allow for eight buses to be parked simultaneously. The design intent was to meet the City of Kingston’s accessibility criteria and provide a long-lasting product through the design and construction of concrete drive aisles equipped with load transfer devices. The project incorporated challenges that McIntosh Perry faced and overcame including an extremely aggressive design and construction schedule; maintaining an operational temporary transfer location while construction took place, as well as consulting with a number of stakeholders, ensuring their goals and concerns were met and achieved. Kingston Transit is positioned to accommodate twice as many buses and add more comforts for its passengers at the Cataraqui Centre.
The renewed transfer point has eight bus bays – two designed to accommodate larger “accordion-style” 60 foot-buses for future growth, additional bus shelters, bicycle racks and benches, prominent route markers on the shelters to make finding your bus easier. Having the route markers on the shelters instead of on separate signs also makes the platforms more accessible. Better separation between the platforms and more space to make it easier for bus operators to get in and out and enhanced landscaping.
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