Urban led a team of consultants developing the conceptual and detailed design of improvements to a historic commuter rail station.
Urban led a team of consultants developing the conceptual and detailed design of improvements to a historic commuter rail station located on Amtrak’s four-track, electrified Keystone Corridor. Key improvements included a new, larger pedestrian tunnel beneath the railroad for rail passengers and Villanova University students traveling between sections of the campus on both sides of the railroad; new high-level passenger platforms; and interior improvements to the existing station building. All aspects of the station will meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements for full accessibility. Ancillary elements include new platform canopies, stairs, ramps and walkways, drainage, lighting, signage, and various site modifications. Constructability of the pedestrian tunnel under rail traffic and phasing of construction to maintain use of the station and the existing tunnel for passengers and students were key considerations.
The work included comprehensive site surveys, completion of Section 106 of the Historic Preservation Act of 1966; development of site plans and typical sections; design of new tunnel, ramps, and platform canopies and shelters.