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Greensboro Multimodal Facility

Increasing accessibility and safety at the historic Greensboro railroad station.
  • New track platform with glass and white bar structure covering entrance – Gannett Fleming

    The extended passenger tunnel, escalator, and elevator help turn the historic station into a modern facility for today’s passengers.

  • Wide track platform with white canopy covering and steel benches lined down the middle – Gannett Fleming

    Covered from the elements, the new platform provides a positive experience for its passengers.

Client
North Carolina Department of Transportation
Location
Greensboro, North Carolina
Our Role
Project Management, Civil, Structural, Architecture, Mechanical, Electrical, Track Design.
Data
Construction Cost:
$10 million
Completed:
2006
Type:
Renovation
Duration:
5 years
Outcomes
  • Increased capacity for the safe passage of passengers by extending the passenger tunnel 
  • Created an active commuter destination by adding elevators, escalators, and ramps 
  • Maintained track operations for freight trains through a phased construction schedule.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation wanted to preserve the history of the Greensboro Southern Railway Depot built in 1927; however, it also had an obligation to create a working railroad station to meet the needs of today’s travelers. Gannett Fleming met these sometimes dueling requirements, and the result is a multimodal facility with the modern amenities that people have come to expect, with old world charm.

Through a detailed analysis of the facility and the needs of the client, Gannett Fleming was able to maintain the beauty of the past while improving passenger tunnel safety; increasing tunnel access to new tracks; adding a platform and canopies; and adding elevators, escalators, and ramps, all without disruption of the rail services. 

What We Did

Gannett Fleming provided the plans and final designs for the new platforms and canopies, the extension of the existing pedestrian tunnel to service the platforms, and a new baggage tunnel. Additional design work included the new Amtrak ticket office, a baggage room in the station building, and a new mail-handling facility with a covered loading dock, access road, and ramps to the baggage tunnel. Our comprehensive services consisted of project management; civil, structural, architectural, mechanical, electrical, and track design; and construction cost estimating. The completed facility meets the accessibility requirements of a modern commuter station. 

Gannett Fleming also expertly managed safety and scheduling needs. We completed the inspection and load-rating of the 1920s-era pedestrian tunnel and an existing railroad bridge, repairs to both structures, and the strengthening of the existing pedestrian tunnel to accommodate freight trains above. Because of the importance of this facility as a major intersection for Amtrak and for Norfolk Southern’s north and east freight train lines, it was essential that the tracks remained active during the renovations. We developed staging plans to allow renovations to proceed safely while rail operations continued without interruption. 

Key Features

  • New platforms and canopies create safe boarding areas for passengers 
  • A pedestrian tunnel extension, stairs, elevators, and escalators expand station's accessibility for passengers
  • With the addition of a new Amtrak ticket office, the facility is now a working commuter railroad station.

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