Skytrain Inlet Centre Station Wall Glass Tiles

Inlet Centre Station

Case Study

Project Name:
Evergreen Line Inlet Centre Station

Port Moody, British Columbia

Francl Architecture

Construction Manager:
SNC Lavalin Constructors LLC

Installation Contractors:
Apex Tile & Granite Inc

Emmett Sparling

Inlet Centre station is a new SkyTrain station along the Evergreen Extension of the Millennium Line.
Located in Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada, it opened for service on December 2, 2016.
The Evergreen Line is an 11-kilometre (6.8 miles) extension to Metro Vancouver’s existing Skytrain system taking it to a Canadian record length of 79 Kilometres (49 miles), making it the longest, fully-automated and driver-less rapid transit line in the world. The line is now connecting passengers from Coquitlam City Centre to Lougheed Town Centre in Burnaby.

Francl Architecture developed the concept, colours, drawings, area take-offs, as-builts and final design of the tiled art wall. Interstyle was asked by SCN Lavalin to create a glass tile mosaic to cover a concrete vault wall as the province requested a more durable wearing finish through this high traffic zone at the station and to have artwork at the base of the stairs. Re-pouring of the walls would have been too costly and time consuming for the speed of the project. By co-opting a portion of the “art funding” already allocated to the project, Interstyle was given the budget to develop a unique and colorful mosaic to coordinate with a porcelain tile installation already underway. The mosaic application had to be compatible with the partially completed project and quickly.

Interstyle worked with Francl Architecture to develop and achieve a custom solution that met the architect’s design. The solution was to design a series of pre-assembled mosaic panels that matched the porcelain tile sizes. Panelization of the glass mosaic in our factory ahead of time allowed us to meet the color, variety, budget and timing requirements with ease, with the tile contractor saving a great deal of time and cost on site by only having to handle the pre-assembled, finished mosaic.