September, 2016 Tour
Speaker: Chad Nye, Skanska
Date: Thursday, September 15, 2016
Topic: Raleigh Union Station, 510 West Martin Street, Raleigh, North Carolina 27603
Summary: Working together in a joint venture, Clancy & Theys, Skanska, and Holt Construction are the contractors working to build a new Union Station for the City of Raleigh. Located at 510 W. Martin Street in downtown Raleigh, this new Amtrak station will replace the existing station on Cabarrus Street, one of the busiest stations in the southeast US.
- The project reuses an industrial building that has been vacant since 2005. The 26,000-square-foot building will provide 9,200 square feet of passenger areas.
- The concourse between the station and boarding platforms will be at grade with natural light except for a short distance where it passes under one track and then up onto the center island platform.
- The 920 foot-long passenger platform will include a canopy to offer passengers protection from the elements. The center island platform will allow them to board trains on either side. The platform will also be level with the train doors, so passengers will not need steps or wheelchair lifts.
- The current station layout causes passenger trains to block the mainline railroad track when passengers are boarding. This forces freight and other passenger trains to stop and wait until a passenger train in front of them moves on before they can travel through the station area. The new facility will have two dedicated tracks specifically for trains that are stopping at Raleigh Union Station. This removes passenger trains from the mainline tracks, which allows freight and other passenger trains to bypass the station