Ottawa Confederation Line LRT
IBI Group has been working on the largest infrastructure project in Ottawa’s history, the Ottawa LRT Confederation Line. As the lead architect for the underground portion of the project, we have designed three, iconic underground transit stations located beneath the downtown core of the city, offering world-class transit architecture with the highest quality standard of design.
ClientRideau Transit Group
Public transit that reflects Ottawa’s rich cultural heritage
The City of Ottawa has long played a pivotal role in the history of Canada and, as such, maintains an overarching image of Canadian heritage today. The ultimate vision for the Confederation Line project, therefore, is the achievement of a contemporary design aesthetic that is also reflective of Ottawa’s rich cultural heritage.
The Confederation Line project is a conversion of the existing Bus Transitway to Light Rail Transit technology, and will run a total of 12.5km, with a 2.5km underground segment beneath the city center. With 13 stations, the line extends from Tunney’s Pasture in the West, through downtown Ottawa, to the location of the existing Blair BRT station in the East.
The design approach of the Confederation Line system focuses on obtaining a generous degree of transparency to allow for views into, out of and through each station building. Combining a spacious and elegant design with convenient passenger flow systems, stations are comfortable, intuitive, safe and accessible.
Each station also offers passengers a consistent quality of experience through the system-wide use of wood, signage, bike racks and entrance design, complimented by uplifting artwork. Through coordination with world-class artists, including Douglas Coupland,Geoff McFetridge and Genevieve Cadieux, IBI Group solidifies a unique identity for each underground station.
The Confederation Line project will provide the best-proven safety, accessibility systems and technologies in the world.
Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Transit Architecture
Charlie Hoang is an Architect with 20 years of experience. Over his career, he has built an impressive portfolio of transit projects that includes at-grade stations (Cumberland Bay Station, Victoria Park Station), underground stations (Ottawa LRT, Eglinton LRT, TTC Finch and Union) and service buildings (EEBs, second exits, and maintenance facilities). His responsibilities span all project phases including architectural design, project and design management, client relations, development of functional layouts and design concepts, value engineering, and code compliance coordination between consultants, city officials, and third parties.
Associate Director - Practice Lead, Architecture
With 15 years of experience in the architectural industry, Guillaume Chan has been involved with a broad spectrum of projects such as residential, commercial, institutional, and large scale projects including water-related infrastructure, nuclear and transportation facilities. His responsibilities as project architect on recently completed projects include architectural design, coordination with various consultants and client liaison. Guillaume is also a hands-on architect involved throughout the lifecycle of the project from design to construction.
Associate | Manager, Architecture
Danielle Sernoskie is an Architect with the Transit Architecture Team at IBI Group and is currently the Architectural Project Manager for the three underground stations of the Ottawa LRT – Confederation Line.
Danielle joined IBI Group by way of SGA in 2012 after completing degrees in Architecture at Ryerson University (B.Arch.Sci.) and the University of Toronto (M.Arch). Prior to joining IBI Group she gained experience at a variety of design firms in Toronto as well as in Ireland and Slovakia – working on projects that range from entertainment, commercial and institutional to residential.
During her last six and a half years with IBI Group, Danielle has almost exclusively been involved with the OLRT project beginning with the Pursuit Phase and continuing through the Design Development Phase and, now, Construction Phase. Outside of project work, she is responsible for the hiring and mentoring of co-op students for the Transit Architecture Team, is an active member of STRIVE and is always seeking new opportunities to get involved in business development.