Surrey Central Skytrain Station




Office of McFarlane Biggar Architects + Designers


Aviation + Transportation


Mechanical Design


June 2019


Surrey, BC


Surrey Central Station, the city’s most frequented transit hub and a key connector for commuters traveling to Vancouver and other destinations in the Lower Mainland, recently underwent a significant renovation and upgrade. This transformation stems from TransLink’s commitment to accommodate rising demand, tackle capacity issues, enhance accessibility, and improve the overall passenger experience in response to Surrey’s rapid urban growth.

The revamp of the station encompassed the construction of a new entrance building, offering an alternate entry point from Central Avenue and City Parkway. It also included a new ticketing concourse area, three escalators, three staircases, an elevator, and provision for a future commercial retail unit. A highlight of the renovation is the integration of a suspended First Nations public art piece:
The Sea Captain, created by Marianne Nicolson, an artist of Scottish and Dzawada̱’enux̱w First Nations descent, and John Livingston.

AME was charged with the mechanical elements of the project, which involved designing and overseeing the construction of HVAC, plumbing, and fire suppression systems for the station upgrades. This included ancillary buildings, new elevators, escalators, crew and public washrooms, crew room, bike storage area, service provisions for a commercial retail unit, and the integration of new bus shelter designs. They also added a new canopy rainwater leader system into the existing storm drainage system.