The Berks Area Regional Transportation Authority’s (BARTA) Franklin Street Station rehabilitation project received a preservation award from Preservation Pennsylvania at its awards dinner on Sept. 27, 2013. Preservation Pennsylvania is the Commonwealth’s only private non-profit organization dedicated to preserving historic places through creative partnerships, targeted educational and advocacy programs, special projects, and technical assistance.
The project received the Ralph Modjeski Award for Excellence in Transportation Design, Preservation, and Archaeology, which is given to a project that exemplifies an exceptional effort within the transportation field and best practices of historic preservation and compatible design.
Gannett Fleming, as sub-consultant to Sowinski Sullivan Architects, provided surveys, transit studies and planning, project management, design, and construction phase services for this restoration project. The former Reading Railroad Company train terminal had stood in severe disrepair for several years. BARTA acquired the property and converted the site to an intermodal facility while restoring the grandeur of the building. The tall windows, terra-cotta flooring, iron window designs, and wall clock, all originals, were thoroughly cleaned and restored.