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VIA Rail Passengers ‘All Aboard’ in Welcoming New Windsor Station with Custom-designed Roof

OAKVILLE, ON – November 20, 2012 – Upon their exit from the trains in mid-September 2012, VIA Rail passengers were greeted as the first travelers to set foot in the newly built Windsor Station, featuring a custom vaulted roof designed, manufactured and installed by OpenAire. The station replaces its predecessor built in the 1950s, that languished into obsolescence with its cramped quarters and confining atmosphere.Now housed in anew custom-designed vaulted roof, the new building boasts an abundance of natural light, open space and modern comforts to accommodate the most travel-weary passengers.

The construction of Windsor Station was funded by the federal government’s Capital Investment Program and Economic Action Plan and amounts to a $6.3 million state-of-the-art facility. OpenAire was brought on board for the project after creatively responding to VIA’s design requirement for the new station to have an open, vaulted space with exposed structure and translucent panels for natural light.

OpenAire’s custom roof solution is a 60’-6” span at a 125’ radius by 150’ long and opens above the passenger lobby and ticket counter, with insulated aluminum roof panels over the offices and mechanical spaces.The results of the completed roof enclosure are spectacular.

"As the seventh busiest station in Canada and with the Windsor to Quebec City corridor being among Via Rail’s core routes, we knew the stakes were high, where our roof installation couldn’t be anything less than perfect. Every single passenger travelling through Windsor Station was going to experience what an OpenAire roof is like. We also felt that the City of Windsor deserved a building that reflected its growing significance,” said David Bolwerk, Vice President Sales and Marketing.

Windsor Station’s roof enclosure requires zero maintenance. Unlike steel framing, its maintenance-free, thermally broken aluminum framing system withstands the environmental elements and never needs to be repainted. The station also benefits from lower life cycle costs. With a maintenance-free aluminum truss structure and a decreased dependence on artificial lighting and air conditioning, Windsor Station now costs less to operate and maintain than the station it replaces.

Via Rail is planning a grand opening ceremony in the near future.