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December 9, 2019

Awards Celebrate Amtrak Chicago Union Station Projects

Renovations lead to architecture and engineering industry recognition

CHICAGO – Awards in architecture and engineering honor Amtrak and our Chicago Union Station improvements by recognizing our stewardship and enhancement of this national asset, serving rail passengers and the general public through continued investments in safety and the customer experience.

The Amtrak-funded $22 million Great Hall Restoration has been recognized with six awards from leading architectural, engineering, construction and real estate organizations or publications:

“We appreciate the awards to our team from our industry colleagues. But most rewarding to us is the constantly positive comments from those who use our station,” said David Handera, DSL, Amtrak Vice President, Stations Properties, and Accessibility.

“Amtrak is encouraged to continue our work here at Chicago Union Station, not only by the success of this project, but by our deep held commitment to enhance the experience of our customers and the public as well,” said Joseph Hoerner, AIA, LEED AP BD+C; Amtrak Principal Architect, Chicago Union Station.

The project team included CBRE as the owner’s representative, Goettsch Partners as the architect, Klein & Hoffman as the structural/façade engineer, and Berglund Construction as the contractor.

“We are proud to be a part of Amtrak’s ongoing stewardship of the station and upgrading services and amenities for Amtrak and Metra rail users,” said Leonard Koroski, FAIA, LEED AP, principal at Goettsch Partners. “The building is a landmark and national treasure, and it is immensely gratifying to revitalize it for the foreseeable future.”

Since the completion of the Great Hall project, a new now improves station wayfinding and provides ways to book events. The website also hosts a documentary video centering on this project while looking at the station’s past and highlighting its future.

Now under construction at Chicago Union Station is a new Clinton Street entrance to improve station accessibility with an elevator from street level, including both tiers of a food hall to be ready for tenant leasing and finishing next fall.

Annually, Chicago Union Station serves 37.6 million Amtrak and Metra rail passengers, with about 120,000 on a typical weekday.

For More Information

Marc Magliari
Amtrak Contact
312 544.5390

Matthew C. Larson, Assoc. AIA
Chief Marketing Officer, Goettsch Partners
312 663.1712

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About Goettsch Partners

Goettsch Partners (GP) is an architecture firm with a global perspective. Based in Chicago, with additional offices in Shanghai and Abu Dhabi, the firm brings a singular approach to design that combines seasoned experience with a passion for exploration and innovation. Completed projects span five continents and represent a diverse range of types and sizes. Every project design begins with multiple concepts that are evaluated for intrinsic value, constructability and environmental impact. GP projects share a consistent visual language of bold clarity that celebrates highly crafted technical solutions delivering optimal performance. Visit for more information.