VIA Rail’s Vancouver Station restoration project is complete
By Andrew SnookConstruction Financing Infrastructure
A celebration for the completion of the $6.9-million VIA Rail restoration project for its heritage train station in Vancouver, B.C., took place on April 13, with Minister of State (Transport) Steven Fletcher, Wai Young, MP South Vancouver and David Hoff, member of VIA Rail Canada’s board of directors in attendance.
The station, which was slated a heritage station in 1991, was built in downtown Vancouver in 1919.
The restoration work completed on the building includes: improvements to the platform canopies and lighting alongside the tracks, repairs to station columns, and a full restoration of the Vancouver Station building – including the repointing and cleaning of the exterior masonry, rebuilding the roof, restoration and/or replacement of the exterior windows and doors and the stabilization of the iconic “Pacific Central” sign. The project took approximately three years to complete.
The Government of Canada, including $2.3 million from the federal Economic Action Plan, funded the project.
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