Completed Projects

ROSTRAL COLUMNS RESTORATION COMPLETE

The rostral columns and balustrades located in the front of Union Station were part of the original station design by Daniel Burnham in 1908. Two “gateways” comprised of pairs of large classical rostral columns mounted on stone balustrades were to frame the magnificent façade of the station. Each column was decorated with lights and topped […]

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Union Station Main Hall Restoration

In 2008, Union Station developers, Union Station Investco (USI), proposed new retail plans that would alter the historic Main Hall. As a historic building owned by the federal government and listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1969, there is a federal requirement by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 that a […]

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Historic Preservation Plan

USRC, in partnership with Amtrak, Akridge, and Union Station Investco, LLC (USI), has completed the official Historic Preservation Plan for the Washington Union Station complex. This plan marks the culmination of a 14-month drafting process during which station partners worked with Building Conservation Associates, Inc. (BCA) to ensure the inclusion of a catalog of historical information from […]

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Ceiling Restoration in the Main Hall and Retail Concourse

In August 2011, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake shook the DC metropolitan area, effecting Union Station. The most notable damage was to the historic plaster ceilings in the Main Hall and Retail Concourse. In order to inspect and repair the monumental coffered ceiling, a rolling scaffolding system was designed to allow for the public to continue to safely pass through the […]

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Station Signage Improvements

As a large, multi-function facility, the Station can at times be difficult to navigate. To ease the users experience within the Station, USRC and USI engaged designers to develop a new signage plan. The design incorporates similar signage options and elements that were present at the original construction of the Station. By eliminating visual clutter […]

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Garage Restoration & Improvements

USRC and the Union Station Parking Garage (USPG) take a proactive approach to safety and maintenance. We employ a team of engineers to regularly assess the condition of the parking garage structure and address identified repairs as needed. In 2014 all lighting on the Bus Deck and Parking Levels 1-4 was replaced with new, brighter, […]

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H Street Pedestrian Entrance

USRC was awarded a grant from the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) to help fund improvements to the areas connecting pedestrians from H Street and the streetcar terminus through the parking garage leading into Union Station. Improvements were completed in early 2016 and include a dedicated pedestrian corridor with enhanced signage, lighting and handrails. In addition, […]

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Garage Escalators and Pavilion Enhancements

With several thousand people using the parking garage daily, it is USRC’s goal to make the experience as safe and pleasant as possible. In 2012, USRC was the sub-recipient of a Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) grant awarded to the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) to help fund the replacement of all 10 of the garage escalators from […]

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First Street Improvements by DDOT

IN 2015 DDOT completed proposed enhancements along First Street NE that span from the NoMa neighborhood to Massachusetts Ave. Improvements include widening of the sidewalks with landscaping, a new bike lane and reducing vehicles to a one-way only lane.

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Columbus Plaza

May 2013 marked the completion of the Columbus Plaza Improvement Project. The District Department of Transportation (DDOT), lead project was funded by USRC, DDOT, National Park Service (NPS) and Amtrak. The two-year project resulted in improved vehicular circulation, providing an exit to the west as opposed to entry and exit both on the east side […]

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