Kelowna RapidBus Shelter Project
Sunny Kelowna, BC, Canada is welcoming the Kelowna RapidBus Project, featuring a transit network with many feeder routes. Located along the stunning Okanagan Lake, Kelowna is home to countless locals and tourists who utilize the transit shelters throughout the city. Along the main transit routes are Lucid Management Group’s LED lit, modular, extendable, and pre-assembled transit shelters and stations, with an optional solar powered roof.
Kelowna is recognized as one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in all of Canada. Located within the southern interior of British Columbia, the “Orchard City,” as it is known, is home to the University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBCO). Kelowna is also a popular tourist destination for many B.C. residents. With all of these factors in play, a need for improved transit shelters became a top priority.
In a combined effort between the City of Kelowna, BC Transit and the provincial and federal governments, the RapidBus project was initiated as part of the region’s ongoing Central Okanagan Transit Future Plan. This collective required a partner who was capable of managing every aspect of the required new transit shelters’ implementation.
Lucid Management Group was responsible for developing 14 new transit shelters for placement throughout the city, this included 3 major transit centres located at the Westbank Towne Centre, Mount Boucherie, and UBCO.
With a large part of the proposed route running along Okanagan Lake, we factored in high volumes of passenger boardings. These volumes necessitated our type 3 and type 5 transit shelter models. By using LMG’s modular, extendable, and pre-assembled transit shelters, the city would be able to easily expand the size of each, post-production, if required. The LMG concept allows additional sidewalls and tempered glass panels to be added as well.
Kelowna is prone to temperatures averaging 30 degrees C (or 86 degrees F) in the summertime. As such, we integrated solar roof panels into several units, allowing a renewable energy source to power the shelters’ overhead LED lights. Any light source reliant on 5 times less energy than standard fluorescents is smart business. The solar kit we provide is entirely self-sustainable and is an available option with all of our transit shelters.
Despite its mild weather reputation, Kelowna is susceptible to heavy snowfalls and below-freezing temperatures in the winter. Fortunately, our shelters are engineered to handle the harsh extremities faced by many North American cities (LMG also includes considerations for seismic activity, too).
All of our transit shelters are designed with the needs of riders in mind, this means providing a comfortable waiting area for passengers that will protect them from the elements. Our overhead aluminum cladding incorporates the Deglas Mechanically-Sealed Roof System. This system serves as an internal drainage system. LMG’s larger shelters divert water directly to the underground storm drain via the structure’s posts. Kelowna’s transit patrons are invited to keep dry in a space that manages precipitation in a highly efficient manner.
LMG products not only provide a more durable and reliable transit structure, they also keep up appearances. Non-corrosive metal posts and perforated, vandal resistant side walls will help reduce unsightly wear and tear. Our modern cantilever design offers residents an aesthetically pleasing appearance. More importantly, this styling provides optimum visibility for transit riders. Shelters come in a variety of colours and seamlessly integrate into the branding of any municipality or transit authority. The Douglas fir wood benches and soffits complement B.C.’s strong connection to the forestry industry. All of the components used in this project were made from recyclable materials.
LMG is proud to report that the RapidBus project came in on time, and on budget. Our work set the standard for all future phases of Kelowna’s transit initiative.
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Lucid Management Group (LMG) is a turn-key provider for design, supply, installation, maintenance, and project management of transit infrastructure products, including transit shelters, street furniture, and signage throughout North America.
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