Expansion of the Viau attachment center
In addition to renovating the station and improving its accessibility, another less visible yet major project is under progress at Viau station: the expansion of the Viau attachment center, an underground center where tunnels and tracks maintenance vehicles are parked and fueled.
This expansion is a key project for the STM. By doubling the center's area, six additional convoys can be hosted, therefore improving maintenance capacity for the whole network. With a new loading dock and a higher-capacity lift, the center will also become an entry point for construction materials. Construction sites will be supplied faster, which will improve the speed at which renovation can be done. Electric charging stations will also be installed to allow for a larger number of clean energy vehicles in the network.
Above ground, a few elements testify of this underground transformation. The truck unloading dock, currently located within the main kiosk, will be removed and replaced by spaces for STM personnel. A new dock will be built behind the station. This new structure will be more discreet and much safer as trucks won’t be crossing pedestrian paths anymore. Ventilation wells will be replaced and a new fuel filling station will be built. The BPIM imagined these structures’ architecture with respect for the original design. Their angular geometry reminds that of the skylight and sets itself apart from the main kiosk which can reaffirm its public access function.