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VIA Rail honored for Pacific Central Station restoration


VIA Rail Canada Inc. has received an honorary award from Heritage BC for the restoration of its Pacific Central station in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The award recognizes the "high standards of quality and the commitment to preservation of heritage" demonstrated in the station's renovation, which was completed in December 2011, VIA Rail officials said in a prepared statement.

VIA Rail accepted the award along with the project's architect and consulting firms, Thibodeau Architecture + Design and Donald  Luxton and Associates Inc., at an Oct. 19 ceremony.

The 90-year-old building was restored following strict rules to preserve its historical features. The building's exterior masonry was repointed and cleaned, the roof was redone, windows and exterior doors were replaced or restored, the Pacific Central sign on the roof was stabilized, and many safety enhancements were completed.

The $6.9 million project (in Canadian dollars) was funded by the Canadian government's Economic Action Plan.

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