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West Harbour GO Station

As an entrance to the City of Hamilton, West Harbour GO Station forms part of Metrolinx’s plan to expand service to the Hamilton and Niagara Falls area along the Lakeshore West corridor. This project was initiated as part of the expansion plan for Niagara, to provide special train service for select Pan Am events in Hamilton, to support growth and to meet future ridership demands for Hamilton and the surrounding area.

Hamilton, ON
73,200 sq ft Size
Ongoing Status

As the primary mobility hub for 2015 Pan Am Game events in Hamilton, this project served as a gateway to the city for citizens, athletes and spectators. Now finished, an urban plaza embellished with landscaped gardens, creates a forecourt to the main station building offering enriched opportunities for special events and casual use for the public.

Embedded in the notion of a transit hub is the organized collision of movement. This project utilizes the sculptural characteristics of steel to guide the movement of light, air and the flow of transit users while simultaneously creating a sense of place. The main façade of the station building punctuated by a perforated zinc screen, in concert with the skeletal structure of the bridge, offers vibrant patterns of light. The building itself operates as an urban scale sculpture, floating gently over the tree line and hovering at street level, 8m above the rail corridor.

Located adjacent to the historic CN Rail building on James Street North, the facility is designed as a landmark for the City of Hamilton, connecting the CN rail service to the U.S. and GO’s Lakeshore West corridor expansion along the main line. The building’s architectural features are scaled to integrate modestly with the neighbourhood setting while celebrating a contemporary engineering vocabulary.

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Chuck Beamish

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto, ON

Toronto, ON

Chuck Beamish has been the architect in charge of several transportation, healthcare, institutional and office building construction projects across Ontario. He has overseen the production of the majority of these facilities from schematic design through to the completion of construction.

As a result of his unique educational background, blending business management with architectural design, he has been able to play key roles in the development and production of capital planning models, facility audits, and feasibility and prohibitive cost studies for a variety of the following projects.
Along with strongly developed design skills, Chuck is known to lead a project through his ability to work within a team and to consensus build with clients, contractors, consultants and professional staff.

Mark Bendix

Director | Office Lead
Toronto West, ON

Toronto West, ON
?A successful project is usually the result of the close cooperation and team work between the owner, the architect, the engineers, the contractor, and design and construction professionals.?

Mark Bendix is a Director and Office Lead with over 35 years of experience in the management, direction and coordination of large technical groups. He has an Electrical Engineering background and has been responsible for the evaluation, planning, design and maintenance of industrial, commercial and institutional facilities across a wide cross section of these sectors. This includes transit facilities, automotive plants, water and wastewater facilities, hotel and entertainment facilities, transformer stations, aviation facilities and office buildings. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in a number of Canadian provinces and is a Fellow of Engineers Canada.

Mark is responsible for the technical and financial performance of the Toronto West office that provides a diverse range of services and oversees the performance of design teams on complex projects. This includes interpreting and understanding the project requirements, confirming these with the various stakeholders and sponsors, identifying the various design services needed, maintaining and adjusting resources as required to meet schedules and budgets, coordinating the various design tasks and teams and executing the design quality assurance and control processes.