Grimshaw Architects has been asked to collaborate with New York-based Beyer Blinder Belle on a $10 billion masterplan that will modernize Washington DC's 1913 Beaux Arts Union Station. Along with the potential to triple passenger capacity, the plan aims to make the station more accessible and efficient, while integrate a new three-million-square-foot, mixed-use development by Amtrak and Akridge over its rail tracks.
"Washington DC deserves a station that serves the region on a practical level whilst celebrating the gateway to the nation’s capital," said Grimshaw partner Vincent Chang.
Hany Hassan, partner-in-charge for Beyer Blinder Belle, added: "We are honored to have the opportunity to deliver a master development plan that sets an ambitious, yet achievable course for the development of Washington Union Station. It will be one of the most transformative projects in the city."
Beverley Swaim-Staley, president and CEO of Union Station Redevelopment Corporation, commented: "The selection of the master development plan team is a huge milestone for this project. We are excited with the progress we’ve made to-date in preparing for this next step, and we look forward to continuing on a successful path of planning to conceptual design for the station’s future."