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
- 2019 Interior Architecture Award – American Institute of Architects,
- 2019 Overall Transformation of the Year – GlobeSt Real Estate Forum Magazine
- 2019 Silver Reconstruction Award – Building Design & Construction
- 2019 Best Project, Government/Public
Building – ENR Midwest
- 2019 Best Renovation/Retrofit Project – Structural Engineers Association of
- 2019 Metamorphosis Award, Whole Building – Retrofit Magazine
“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
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 ChicagoUnionStation.com 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