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Union Station Kansas City

ACEC Missouri 2018 Grand Award (The American Council of Engineering Companies – Missouri Chapter)

Burns & McDonnell provided design-build services for a $7.5 million project to adapt Union Station Kansas City for the 21st century, while enhancing the landmark structure’s core function as a regional transportation hub.

Originally constructed in 1914 as a rail transportation hub, the historic landmark was first renovated in 1999 to serve the community with new uses. The 850,000-square-foot Beaux-Arts structure is now home to a world class family science museum, an Amtrak station and a streetcar terminal, among other attractions. In the largest renovation since the work in 1999, the Station sought to further enhance “the visitor experience” with the multifaceted Western Expansion Project. The renovation provided better connectivity between all of the amenities inside and outside of the facility, improved vehicular and pedestrian access to the Station, and added amenities such as a new outdoor concert and event space.

Our team was responsible for architecture, interior design, engineering, bridge design, landscape architecture and construction for the entire project, which included:

  • Carriage Pavilion Bridge — A new vehicular and pedestrian bridge, designed to complement the historic Union Station building that, for the first time ever, connects the main building directly to the third level of an adjacent parking garage.
  • South Plaza — Modernizing the streetscape in the structure’s “front yard,” including removing two center driveways, creating a semicircular pedestrian plaza and landscaped garden, and adding a formal entry path from the plaza to the building.
  • East Plaza — Improving bus access to Union Station, while adapting the plaza to create a better experience for users of the city’s new streetcar system.
  • North Plaza — Immediately north of the new bridge, and paying homage to the train station using rail timbers and track, the new Havarty Family Yards is a 90,000-square-foot outdoor event space for concerts, festivals and other large events.

“As the Design-Build (EPC) contractor, Burns & McDonnell played a major role in the project's success, displaying the nimbleness needed to allow for additions and changes as we secured additional donor funding along the way. In the end, Burns & McDonnell did more than meet our expectations for schedules, costs and results. The firm succeeded in both preserving and evolving our historic property for the 21st Century, which was a very delicate and deliberate balance. They returned our beloved Union Station to its roots as a regional transportation hub ... [and] their exceptional effort [makes] Kansas City a better place for all of us.

George Guastello, President and CEO
Union Station Kansas City Inc.

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Joel Jacobsen

Architectural Director

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