Arup Selected to Provide Multi-Disciplinary Engineering Services for Master Development Plan for Union Station's 2nd Century

Global engineering firm brings extensive experience with complex infrastructure and transit to the project

May 27, 2015, 15:10 ET from Arup

WASHINGTON, May 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Arup, a multidisciplinary engineering and consulting firm with a reputation for delivering innovative and sustainable designs, announced today that it has been selected to provide multi-disciplinary engineering services as part of the Master Development Plan for Union Station's 2nd Century in Washington, DC.

Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners LLP (BBB) and Grimshaw Architects were commissioned by the Union Station Redevelopment Corporation (USRC) and its partners Amtrak and Akridge to create the Master Development Plan. Arup has been engaged by BBB to deliver structural, mechanical, civil engineering, security and fire engineering, sustainability consulting as well as transportation and pedestrian modeling.

The Master Development Plan for Union Station's 2nd Century will encompass comprehensive planning, public engagement and an environmental assessment. The project scope also includes conceptual design services for improving and expanding passenger spaces, enhancing the overall customer experience, as well as analysis and progression of the initial 2012 vision concepts to ensure the development enhances the functionality of the existing regional intermodal facility. The plan will respect and reinforce the station's historic setting, while also integrating it with surrounding neighborhoods, and the construction of Burnham Place, three-million-square-feet of mixed-use space, parks and plazas to be developed over the rail yard.
"We selected Arup as the lead engineer because of their experience with large existing station overbuilds and their skills in infrastructure, air rights and transit," said Hany Hassan, FAIA, partner-in-charge for Beyer Blinder Belle. "We were looking for a local team with an international perspective."

"We are excited to be working on the Master Development Plan. This builds upon our recent commissions on Burnham Place with Akridge and also station ventilation alternatives study with Amtrak," said Craig Covil, principal with Arup. "Our unique experience in the integration of major transit infrastructure and rail station design with high-rise overbuild property development to produce successful transit oriented air-rights developments will enable the BBB/Grimshaw team and the 2nd Century Partners to bring the very best of international and national relevant project experience to bear."

Arup has led the design of numerous complex transit infrastructure and property overbuild projects around the world, including St Pancras Thameslink and Charing Cross/ Embankment Place in London; King Street Station in Seattle; Fulton Center, Hudson Yards, Atlantic Yards and Second Avenue Subway in New York; Transbay Terminal in San Francisco; numerous stations and yards in Hong Kong and Singapore; and Vaughan Corporate Center in Toronto. In the DC area, Arup was the engineering lead on the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Virginia; I-95 and I-495 Express Lanes in Virginia; and Dulles International Airport East APM Station and WMATA station canopies.

About Arup
Arup is the creative force at the heart of many of the world's most prominent projects in the built environment and across industry. Its engineers and consultants deliver innovative projects across the world. Arup opened its first US office 25 years ago, and now employs 1,000 in the Americas. The firm was founded in 1946 with an enduring set of values that fosters a distinctive culture, intellectual independence and collaborative approach. The people at Arup are driven to find a better way to deliver better solutions for their clients. (

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