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Berks Area Regional Transportation Authority Franklin Street Station Renovation

Restored rail terminal maintains its charm while providing modern conveniences.
  • Elegance greets travelers at BARTA’s Franklin Street Station-Gannett Fleming

    The elegance of the terra-cotta walls and terrazzo flooring welcomes travelers.

  • Water damage and cracks made BARTA’s Franklin Street Station unusable-Gannett Fleming

    Water damage, graffiti, and cracked concrete made the station unusable prior to the restoration.

Client
Berks Area Regional Transportation Authority
Location
Reading, Pennsylvania
Our Role
Final Design, Construction-Phase Services, Site and Civil Design, Land Development, Structural Design, Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Design, Security Design, Site Survey.
Data
Size:
6,500 square feet
Construction Cost:
$4 million
Completed:
2013
Type:
Rehabilitation
Duration:
2 years
Outcomes
  • Rail station restored to provide modern conveniences in historic setting
  • Connection to multiple modes of transit encourages public transportation.

In downtown Reading, Pennsylvania, sits the historic building that served as the main station for the Reading Railroad Company from 1929 to 1981. The once grand terminal had stood in severe disrepair for several years: graffiti, broken windows, cracked concrete, and water damage pocked the site. In an effort to salvage the building and convert the site into an intermodal facility, the Berks Area Regional Transportation Authority (BARTA) acquired the property. The tall windows, terra-cotta walls, terrazzo flooring, iron designs around the windows, and the wall clock, all originals, are now thoroughly cleaned and restored.

What We Did

Gannett Fleming performed an environmental assessment, surveys, transit studies and planning, project management, and structural, electrical, lighting, telecommunications, mechanical, site development, and landscaping engineering. Our firm performed a topographical survey and laid out the proposed bus berths during a transit study, allowing BARTA to perform feasibility tests with actual buses and bus drivers. In addition to the design of exterior slabs and paving, structural analysis and remedial design were performed for the building and canopies. The electrical and mechanical services included upgrading and replacing all of the building’s systems, installing a new fire protection system, and delivering new utility services to the property. The site development services included providing overall site layout design, utility connections, and landscaping.

Key Features

  • Restored ornate plaster ceiling, walls, and cornices
  • Replaced all mechanical and electrical systems.

Awards & Recognition

  • Ralph Modjeski Award for Excellence in Transportation Design, Preservation, and Archaeology, 2013, Preservation Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Awards
  • Diamond Award, 2013, American Council of Engineering Companies of Pennsylvania, Engineering Excellence Awards.

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