January 28, 2013 Burnham Place at Washington Union Station Receives American Institute of Architects Award

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WASHINGTON – Burnham Place, part of the Washington Union Station Master Plan, has received the Institute Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design as awarded by the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Burnham Place was developed by Shalom Baranes Associates on behalf of Akridge who is working in partnership with Amtrak to develop a Master Plan to revitalize the terminal area at Washington Union Station.

“Burnham Place is an integral part of our plan for the future of Union Station, creating a new urban center in downtown Washington that connects communities to the region’s premier transportation hub as well as new commercial, retail, residential and public space,” said Stephen Gardner, Amtrak Northeast Corridor Infrastructure and Investment Development vice president.

In addition to Burnham Place, the Washington Union Station Master Plan envisions improved facilities that will accommodate three times as many passengers and twice as many trains all within the existing station footprint. At the center of the plan is the creation of a dramatic new train shed designed by architectural firm HOK that will seamlessly integrate transportation services with the surrounding Burnham Place development.

Since purchasing the air rights over the Union Station rail yard in 2006, Akridge has worked in close partnership with Amtrak and the Union Station Redevelopment Corporation on planning and design of the three million square feet mixed use development of Burnham Place.

The AIA Institute Honor Awards is considered the profession’s highest award, recognizing work that exemplifies architecture, interior architecture and urban design.

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