Slippery LRT tiles proof you get what you pay for: architect

CBC News Ottawa, October 28, 2019

Slippery tiles at some Ottawa LRT stations aren't just a poor architectural choice: they're also symbolic of a flawed process, according to one Ottawa architect.

Toon Dreessen of local firm Architects DCA says the tiles at Lyon and Parliament stations — which caused a number of slips and falls during a rainy day last week — shed light on a process that puts the profit of builders like Rideau Transit Group (RTG) ahead of the public interest.

"We might have asked for a specific tile. And maybe we asked for the wrong tile or we didn't ask for anything in particular. So the builder puts in something that meets whatever design brief is given — but it's not specific enough and we're stuck with it," said Dreessen.

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