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Grimshaw wins Washington DC station job

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Grimshaw Architects has been appointed to masterplan Washington DC’s Union Street station

The practice is working with New York-based architects Beyer Blinder Belle on the $10 billion major transport job.

The two practices will draw up conceptual designs for improving and expanding passenger spaces, while developing the station’s existing intermodal facilities.

The scheme will enhance the listed station’s historic setting while integrating it with the surrounding neighbourhoods and a new mixed-use space which is set to be constructed over the rail yard.

Grimshaw and Beyer Blinder Belle were chosen for their combined experience expanding and restoring historic buildings in sensitive urban sites, and previous designs of high-tech architecture and transportation projects

Grimshaw partner, Vincent Chang, said ‘Washington DC deserves a station that serves the region on a practical level whilst celebrating the gateway to the nation’s capital.’

Hany Hassan, partner-in-charge for Beyer Blinder Belle, added: ‘We are honored to have the opportunity to deliver a master development plan that sets an ambitious, yet achievable course for the development of Washington Union Station.  It will be one of the most transformative projects in the city.’

Beverley Swaim-Staley, president and CEO of Union Station Redevelopment Corporation, commented: ‘The selection of the master development plan team is a huge milestone for this project. We are excited with the progress we’ve made to-date in preparing for this next step, and we look forward to continuing on a successful path of planning to conceptual design for the station’s future.’

Washington’s Union Street Station was originally built in 1907 to designs by Chicago architect Daniel Burnham. In 1981 the station underwent an $80 million refurbishment eventually reopening in 1988.

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