New York, NY
ASTM North America
Rail & Transportation Engineering:
Cost Estimating & Construction Phasing:
Lendlease, HALMAR International
In April of 2023, PAU was asked to join an effort led by ASTM North America to develop one of the largest and highest profile Public Private Partnerships (P3) in this country’s history: reimagining Penn Station for the 21st century. This new vision for Penn Station will provide travelers and New York City residents alike with a greatly enhanced commuter experience in our post-pandemic world. Our proposal returns a sense of civic grandeur to the station by circumscribing Madison Square Garden in a new podium that fills out the street walls of the block. The plan envisions two main train halls—a soaring Eighth Avenue entrance and a light-filled Midblock hall—that together will restore the civic gravitas that has been absent since the 1963 demolition of McKim, Mead & White’s original edifice.
Our new stone façade mirrors and reinterprets McKim’s masonry colonnade across Eighth Avenue at the Farley Building, now known as Moynihan Station, creating a great public outdoor room that puts the historical in conversation with the contemporary, all while prioritizing light and air, an improved public realm, a varied mix of civic uses, and compatibility with planned rail and neighborhood growth. On the corners at Eighth Avenue, new entries provide direct access to the hall for commuters, while above, new open-air porches provide the public with unique views, paying homage to the depth and porosity of neoclassical façades such as the Altes Museum, a precursor to McKim’s colonnade across the avenue. Below grade, the cramped and disjointed, split-level concourses will be completely reimagined as a seamless, single-level station with 24’ ceilings throughout the majority of the station. New entrances and the reorganization of the concourses provide a means of elevating the experience of entering and using Penn Station, so that it is inviting, fluid, intuitive, and efficient. Most crucially, our plan accomplishes all of this with a phasing plan that allows the station to remain fully operational, and without impacting ongoing Madison Square Garden (MSG) programing and events, throughout the duration of construction.Read More