SENER won first place in the Architecture, Construction & Design Awards 2020 for its work on the elevated stations of Line 3 of the Guadalajara Metro and, together with Ten Architects, also received the third-place award for the stations of the Toluca-Mexico City intercity train, both in the "Transportation (Built)" category.
The Guadalajara Metro Line 3, opened on September 12, connects the municipalities of Zapopan, Guadalajara and Tlaquepaque. It has 18 stations, 5 of which are underground and 13 elevated, with a total route length of 22 km, of which 15 km is above ground, 2 km on the surface and 5 km underground.
SENER's work on the elevated stations involved the preliminary and construction phases, in which SENER was also responsible for the design of the underground stations, the structural design of tunnels (using a tunnel boring machine), structural design of the above-ground track, urban integration of the line, track design, electrification of railway installations, controls and communications, mobile equipment, railway operation model, financial model, design of train depots and workshops, and the design of transport hubs.
Toluca- Mexico City
The Toluca-Mexico City intercity train has six ground stations: Zinacantepec, Terminal de Autobuses, Metepec, Lerma, Santa Fe and Observatorio. The stations were designed with the same structural system of the viaduct, as a continuation of it (columns and supported viaduct), which served to naturally integrate the structure.
SENER's work on this project included the definition of the operational model, the technological solution and the network operation simulations, as well as all the studies required to define the construction of the line: cartography and topography tasks; route studies; viaduct and tunnel calculation; geotechnical, hydrological and drainage studies; architectural and structural plans and the definition of station systems, as well as workshops and depots; environmental mitigation and urban planning studies; and studies of interfaces, RAMS and railway and electromechanical facilities. Furthermore, as technical adviser to the Mexican Ministry of Communications and Transportation, SENER carried out all the adaptations, updates and modifications necessary to the executive plan during the construction phase.