Washington Union Station Concourse Modernization, Building News, Transportation Hub Design
Washington Union Station Concourse Modernization
Transportation Hub Development, USA – design by KGP Design Studio / Grimshaw / Arup
2 May 2016
Washington Union Station Concourse Modernization Project
Design is underway for the passenger concourse at Washington Union Station
Design: KGP Design Studio, Grimshaw and Arup
Appointed by Amtrak, a team comprised of KGP Design Studio, Grimshaw and Arup is pleased to announce the advancement of the Concourse Modernization project at Washington Union Station. This near-term comprehensive renovation of Washington Union Station’s intercity and commuter rail concourse will add approximately 20,000 square feet (1,900 sq m) of new passenger space.
As the initial phase of the 2nd century plan, the modernisation will re-establish the trajectory of Union Station as the capital’s pre-eminent multimodal transportation facility. As Burnham’s adjacent original turn of the century structure heroically exemplified, the act of travel will once again be celebrated as the station experiences an exponential growth in ridership in the coming years. The design will focus on the user’s experience and comfort while applying state of the art planning strategies and tools to meet the challenge and diverse range of needs and functions associated with a major transportation hub.
The reconfigured, modernised concourse will be transformed into a unified whole, improving the passenger experience by providing better accessibility, circulation, wayfinding and multimodal connectivity. An expansive skylight ceiling, echoing the generously sky lit vault of the historic building will fill the concourse with natural light as the riders and visitors proceed to their destinations. Aided by the architecture and advanced wayfinding systems will make circulation easier and conflict free. Passenger amenities include: new restrooms, boarding gates, seating and a newly expanded Club Acela where passengers will be provided with a comfortable lounge experience. Phased construction is anticipated to start in 2017 and will seek to minimise impacts to all station users.
The Concourse Modernization project will be the first set of improvements to come to life as part of Washington Union Station’s 2nd Century plan. The Plan is a comprehensive improvement initiative comprised of multiple projects – in coordination with station partners including Amtrak, the Union Station Redevelopment Corporation (USRC), the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and private real estate developer Akridge – which seeks to triple passenger capacity and double train capacity over the next 20 years.
The collaborative team with international reach is committed to providing a Passenger Concourse design befitting of Washington Union Station’s prominence and aspirations, while carefully aligning the work with the greater master development planning process in order to realise a design that is beautiful, economical and in alignment with forthcoming and projected improvement and development projects.
About KGP Design Studio
KGP Design Studio, was established in 2000 by Ken Kajiwara, Bill Gallagher, and Don Paine in Washington, DC and operates in the local region while maintaining offices in Honolulu and Manila. The firm is an established leader in architecture, planning, transportation, and urban design. KGP combines international experience with a deep commitment to serving the greater Washington community. The team’s familiarity with the city and Union Station is rooted in the principals’ history with Harry Weese on the Washington Metro and the restoration of Union Station in the 80’s, continuing into the firms recent planning and architectural design at the station as well as throughout the region.
KGP’s commitment to excellence, through the high standards, collaboration and the creative energy by the principals is exemplified by numerous projects While transit design is KGP’s major focus, the firm maintains a broad practice, that improves cities as well as the lives of people. The firm has been a trusted partner in the development of transportation systems that enhance the passenger experience, coupling an open process of innovation with an eye toward designing sustainable solutions. For additional information visit KGP’s website www.kgpds.com.
Grimshaw was founded by Sir Nicholas Grimshaw in 1980. The practice became a Partnership in 2007 and operates worldwide with offices in New York, London, Melbourne, Sydney and Doha employing over 400 staff. Grimshaw’s international portfolio covers all major sectors, and has been honoured with over 170 international design awards including the prestigious Lubetkin Prize.
The practice is dedicated to the deepest level of involvement in the design of their buildings in order to deliver projects which meet the highest possible standards of excellence. The company’s work is characterised by strong conceptual legibility, innovation and a rigorous approach to detailing, all underpinned by the principles of humane, enduring and sustainable design. Find out more at www.grimshaw-architects.com.
The preeminent provider of interdisciplinary engineering, consulting, and design services in the built environment, Arup drives the world’s most prominent projects, from city-building to iconic architecture. The firm opened its first US office over 30 years ago, and now employs 1,300 people in the Americas. Since its founding in 1946, Arup has pioneered groundbreaking strategies, technical excellence, and social purpose. As a responsive and respectful business partner, Arup honorably serves its clients and shapes a better world. For additional information, visit Arup’s website at www.arup.com and the online magazine of Arup in the Americas at doggerel.arup.com.
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