Big changes are coming to Philadelphia. Architecture firm Skidmore Owings & Merrill unveiled designs to transform the heart of the city surrounding the historic 30th Street Station. The urban revitalization project will inject new life into the mixed-use district centered on the iconic, early 20th century transportation hub.
SOM’s masterplan for Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station Precinct was selected by Amtrak and designed in collaboration with Parsons Brinckerhoff, OLIN, and HR&A Advisors. The beautiful Beaux Arts 30th Street Station—the third busiest transit hub in the U.S.—will retain its architectural magnificence but be expanded to improve accessibility and comfort for the 30,000 passengers that use the trains every morning. New public plazas and pedestrian-friendly elements will be added, along with a new underground concourse connecting 30th Street Station with the city subway system.
The masterplan will cover 175 acres and connect Philadelphia’s Center City and University City downtown districts. “Through bold development, an activated public realm, and an expanded transit network, the masterplan creates a viable framework for Philadelphia’s next great neighbourhood,” said SOM. New buildings for the expansion of Drexel University will also be added.
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