Renovating While the Wheels Are Still Turning

This article features details of the façade renovation aspect of the extensive re-design of Grand Central Terminal, which handles more than 500,000 people a day, making it the most visited site in New York City. The façade renovation created a major challenge, because of the difficulty of controlling traffic patterns around the building. The New York State Department of Transportation was consulted because of its responsibility for traffic flow while construction was took place. In addition, concerns were raised about noise and hazardous material exposure as a result of the paint removal process, which would involve needle guns. The removal was scheduled for night hours when the commercial district the station is located in was less occupied. Without a complete construction plan from the original building, the project team had to create its own on the spot, assessing the facing stones, window, roof and cornice to see what needed repair. The article includes facts about the terminal, originally constructed in 1871 and rebuilt from 1903 to 1913. The new face is expected to be finished in 2006.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 60-63
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01015019
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 7 2005 6:27PM