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Design Safety Considerations for Passenger Rail Transit-Oriented Developments (TOD)


Aaron Akotuah, MASc, P.Eng., C.P, Senior Engineer-Jensen Hughes.

Aaron is a Professional Engineer with a background in civil structural and fire safety engineering. He has experience in applying prescriptive and performance-based concepts in codes and standards for the fire safety design of rapid rail transit infrastructure projects and mixed-use residential and commercial facilities. Aaron has served as the lead building/fire code consultant and project manager for several design-build and upgrades rail transit projects in BC, ON and AB provinces, popular ones include Canada Line Capstan Station, several Expo and Millennium Line Station Upgrades, and Eglinton Crosstown LRT. As a practicing certified professional (CP) in British Columbia, Aaron has an in-depth working knowledge of the local BC codes and By-Laws and their application to various buildings/infrastructure including rapid transit stations.

Jason Jin, MBA, PMP, P.Eng., Senior Project Manager-TransLink Adjacent and Integrated Development Engineering

Jason is a Senior project manager with over 10 years of experience in industrial construction and infrastructure project delivery. He possesses comprehensive knowledge of construction methodologies, geotechnical engineering, construction safety, and the business requirements across project lifecycles. Additionally, he is a licensed Professional Engineer (P.Eng) in BC and holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) certificate. Jason Jin earned his civil engineering undergraduate degree from The University of Saskatchewan and furthered his education by obtaining an MBA from the Edwards School of Business.


Transit-Oriented Developments (TOD) are becoming popular with urban population densification and as part of the sustainability goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions through efficient means of rapid transit. As fire protection engineers and code consultants, we are often drawn into advising on additional regulations/standards beyond the provincial codes for the trending large multi-tower mixed-use developments proximal to or integrated with rapid transit stations. However, some of these TOD regulations are often in hindsight by the owner, developer, project stakeholders, etc. and could complicate some of the building and fire code design aspects at later stages of the project. This presentation will introduce TransLink’s Adjacent and Integrated Development program structure and discuss some of the building and fire code design considerations for this special type of structures using some lessons learned from recent projects.

Presentation Agenda:

• Introduction of TransLink’s Adjacent Integrated Development program structure
• Development Interface Agreements
• Limits of Approach to TransLink Station or Guideway
• Key Building and Fire Code Measures for both Temporary and Permanent Structures:
o Spatial separation conflicts with station passenger connections
o Fire alarm interface and separation
o Means of egress discharge design at interface
o Fire access route coordination at TOD interface with transit station
o Pedestrian congestion at entrance plaza and potential impact on egress and firefighting
o Construction safety issues such as trailers adjacent to guideway, crane overswing, etc.
• Other Transit Agency Standards/Regulations

Start date: 
Tuesday, January 16, 2024 - 12:00

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