Concrete results – Toronto’s Crosstown LRT project sees Blue Whale sized work on Chaplin Station

In the latest construction images from the light rail transit route, we’re breaking down how big of a job it is to pour just one section of concrete for a single entrance.

It’s hard to imagine 300 cubic metres of anything.

That’s how much concrete was poured on a recent week this month, for the northwest entrance base of Eglinton Crosstown’s Chaplin Station. Next up for the important light rail transit (LRT) stop will be work on the concourse slab, which you can see in the new image below.

Image shows a large concrete pit.

The concourse slab that crews are now working on. (Metrolinx photo)

Our very rough math shows the weight of that pour on the entrance base would be about seven times as heavy as an average 105 tonne Blue Whale. That would also amount to – give or take – 11 empty Space Shuttles, at 71 tonnes each.

Again, very approximate, but it may help solidify the effort in your mind.

Some of the other pieces of progress along the LRT line are easier to quickly grasp, and don’t require a calculator to add up.

At Mount Dennis, there’s now orange trim on the doors.

Image shows soors with bright, orange cladding around them.

Door cladding installation work has begun at Mt. Dennis. The signature orange trim will be visible at most Crosstown station entrances. (Metrolinx photo)

And at Science Centre Station, windows are finding a home in the bus terminal.

Image shows the front of Science Centre.

Finishing works continue at Science Centre Station, as the bus terminal takes shape with window installation. (Metrolinx photo)

It all amounts to a lot of work. How much? Let’s line up the Blue Whales again.