The bus shelter was designed to fulfill the needs of the University of Concordia's bus users as well as to encourage it's use, by making the waiting time more pleasant. The limited budged combined to our seek for a sustainable approach lead us to the option to employ a used container as our structure. The bus shelter is thermally insulated by the use of stone wool and wood board covering inside and out. The internal air is conditioned through a geothermal exchange system, which consists of passing the air by underground ducts, where it exchanges temperature with the ground and return to the bus stop cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Given the chosen system and materials, the shelter can be adapted to any site. Since the shelter will be located inside a University campus and many of it's users read while waiting, we proposed shelves for a sort of community library, so that the students can borrow books or leave them to be traded. Below the benches there are outlets for charging devices such as cellphones and laptops. Outside the shelter there is a steel structure to protect people from the weather conditions (sun rays, rain, snow), as well as draining the rain and detaining the snow accumulation during the winter. Above this structure there are photovoltaic cells to capture solar energy to be used inside the shelter. With this design, the bus users would be waiting for it in a temperature wise pleasant environment throughout the year while having the option to use that time productively. All that was imagined to cause minimal physical impacts.
In the community consultation, 14 people were asked about the Loyola Campus bus shelter, from which 85,6% use it from 3 to 4 times a week. Most users said they are not satisfied with the current shelter, approximately 50% claimed to be reasonably satisfied. One of the recurrent complaints about the shelter is that it is cold in the winter. Other observations were made about the uncomfortable seats, the boredom during the waiting time and the lack of space in the rush hours. It was concluded that to solve some of the problems pointed out from it's users, the bus shelter must provide a temperature wise pleasant environment throughout all seasons, offer more seating space and some sort of activity for the users during the waiting time.
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