Old becomes new – Fairbank Station progress brings a fresh flair to legacy infrastructure

Construction of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT project isn’t all just stations and stops. For Fairbank Station it also means replacing a century old watermain, and a new parkette.  

Located at the intersection of Eglinton Avenue West and Dufferin Street, Fairbank Station is the fourth stop heading east on the Eglinton Crosstown. The station will include two entrances, on-street connections to TTC buses, retail space within the station and 30 outdoor bicycle parking spaces.

Progress is moving along at Fairbank, which is expected to reach completion in 2021. In 2018, excavation began at the southeast entrance site. The team had to replace and relocate a 103-year-old watermain in order to accommodate the future station.

Photo of construction site for the new Fairbank Station, including a new watermain pipe that is replacing a 103-year-old pipe.
The blue pipe on the left is a brand new watermain. It is replacing an older (much older) watermain that was there initially – 103-years-old to be exact.

Last December, a two-night concrete pour took place to complete the southeast quadrant of the station’s roof. Six more of these concrete pours will take place to fully complete the station’s roof.

In February 2019, crews hit a milestone when they completed a massive concrete pour for the concourse level of the station’s main entrance, pouring over 1,250 cubic metres of concrete over 15 hours. That’s about enough concrete to fill half of an Olympic size swimming pool.

Large whole in the ground where the station will be.
Crews complete a seriously massive concrete for the station’s main entrance. Over 1,250 cubic metres of concrete was poured in 15 hours.

Fairbank Station is being built to incorporate the existing St. Hilda’s Parkette. The new and improved parkette will include a misting water feature, similar to that of the mist garden at the Toronto Four Seasons Hotel – a great addition for cooling off on those hot summer days. The parkette will also provide a gathering area equipped with seating and trees.

Artist's rendering of a parkette with people playing in a mister during a hot summer day.
Fairbank Station is being built to incorporate the existing St. Hilda’s Parkette. A few new additions are being made, including a misting water garden.

Upon completion, Fairbank Station won’t just be another TTC Station, but your go-to place to meet friends, relax, or catch up on some reading during those sunny days.

To continue our Crosstown Progress tour, and visit Oakwood Stations, click here.

Story by Erika D’Urbano, Metrolinx communications specialist