Amtrak and Penn Station Partners Begin Baltimore Penn Station Construction

Amtrak and Penn Station Partners, the Baltimore-based global development team leading the transformation and renewal of the city’s main transportation hub, have commenced with the start of construction at Baltimore Penn Station with the installation of scaffolding, fencing, and materials around the station exterior.

Essential core and shell improvements, tentatively scheduled to start in Summer 2022, include masonry repairs, existing window refurbishment, a new roof, new mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems as well as updated elevators, stairs and ramps.

Through adaptive reuse, the Penn Station Partners development team will respect the historical character of the station while introducing modern sensibility.

Currently vacant, the three upper floors of the historic station will be refurbished for new office use, able to accommodate a single anchor tenant or multiple users. New elevators and restrooms are also part of the planned office redevelopment, slated to deliver in approximately Summer 2023.

Just over the tracks from Penn Station, a brand-new, state-of-the-art station expansion will be integrated with the existing station and with a new planned high-speed rail platform, modernizing functions and increasing capacity. Transit functions, such as ticketing and baggage, will be relocated to the new station expansion, freeing up the concourse level of Penn Station for commercial and retail uses. Construction of the new station expansion on the Lanvale lot is projected to start in Fall 2022.

Since the groundbreaking event last October, Amtrak has been working to finish the aforementioned platform improvements at the station prior to construction to better accommodate Amtrak’s new Acela high-speed rail trains, increase track capacity, improve ride quality and offer greater reliability both locally and along the entire Northeast Corridor. These upgrades will improve on-time performance for high-speed train operations by providing route flexibility and allowing unimpeded travel.

Additionally, to allow for greater operability of train service, Amtrak has rebuilt a low-level platform into an ADA compliant high-level platform and constructed a new platform. This work, along with a renewed overhead electrical system and an upgraded 30-mile stretch of track between Baltimore and Washington Union Station, will enable operation at higher speeds.

Planning and development began in 2018, after Amtrak announced the Baltimore-based developer, Penn Station Partners, led by Beatty Development Group and Cross Street Partners, as the selected Baltimore Penn Station Master Developer. Originally built in 1911, the last major renovation of Penn Station was in 1984. Penn Station Partners has been working closely with Amtrak since 2017 to lead the historic preservation and state-of-the-art redevelopment of the station.

Construction will continue in phases to complete the station renovation and expansion over the next few years.

-via Press Release

This article was posted on: February 24, 2022