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Franklin Street Station Rehabilitation


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Robert P. O'Neill, Gannett Fleming; David Harrower, RA, LEED AP; and Dennis Louwerse, Berks Area Reading Transportation Authority

Robert P. O'Neill, Gannett Fleming; David Harrower, RA, LEED AP; and Dennis Louwerse, Berks Area Reading Transportation Authority

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  • 1. Berks Area Regional Transportation Authority (BARTA)Franklin Street Station Rehabilitation …Back to the Future
  • 2. Project Location
  • 3. City of Reading
  • 5. About BARTA…• 1973 – Berks Area Reading Transportation Authority Formed• 1978 – Special Services Division Established• 2010 – Becomes a County Authority, Renamed Berks Area REGIONAL Transportation Authority (BARTA)BARTA Mission:Provide safe, efficient, convenient anddependable transportation to the people ofBerks County, PA
  • 6. Eighth Street Sixth Street Norfolk Southern BARTA Transportation CenterFranklin Street Franklin Street StationChestnut Street BARTA Park-n-TransitBARTA Transportation Complex
  • 7. 2002: BARTA Transportation Center (BTC)
  • 8. 2005: BARTA Park-n-Transit
  • 9. 2012: BARTA Franklin Street Station
  • 10. 1928: Buses Preceded Station
  • 11. 1981: Uncertain Future
  • 12. When is a Site Considered "At Risk"?The property is listed on, or determined eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places; ORThe property is considered a contributing structure in a National Register Historic District; OR The property is designated historic by local government; AND The property is faced with imminent, recognized endangerment either from overt action, neglect, incompatible use, or loss of context.
  • 13. Why Franklin Street Station?Purpose:• Accommodate future growth of local and regional bus transport by restoring the Franklin Street Station• Station Rehabilitation can accommodate future expansion of a regional commuter line from Norristown (Montgomery County) to the City of Reading• Rehabilitation will be consistent with the historic characteristics of both the building and the site.
  • 14. THE PROCESS:NEPA & Section 106 Coordination
  • 15. Process Highlights:• Early Coordination with FTA: EA vs. CATEX• Early Coordination with PHMC: CATEX Required “No Adverse Effect”• “No Adverse Effect” Contingent on Details of Rehabilitation• PHMC Review and Approval of Final Plans• Coordination with City of Reading HARB during Final Design
  • 16. BEST PRACTICES:Building Preservation andRehabilitation
  • 17. Best Practices: • Materials  Identify and Assess  Retain Original Materials Wherever Possible o Issue of hazardous materials  Treat Appropriately  Err on the Side of Caution o Salvage it all, decide later  Dilemmas
  • 18. Dilemma: What Ceiling to Install?
  • 19. Construction Progress: July 3, 2012
  • 20. Best Practices:• Introducing Modern Elements  What and Why  Size Matters  Location, Location, Location
  • 21. Modern Elements: Egress and Accessibility
  • 22. Modern Elements: HVAC Units
  • 23. Modern Elements: Drawing Prepared at 60% Stage to Communicate Intent To PHMC for New Vestibules
  • 24. Modern Elements: New Site Components – Lighting, Cameras Bus Shelters
  • 25. Modern Elements: Drawing Prepared at 60% Stage to Communicate Intent To PHMC for New Bus Shelters
  • 27. Lessons Learned:• Thorough, concise site conditions report required (from Planning, through Design and Construction)• Expect the unexpected – What’s behind that wall? Under the pavement?• Plan for surprises – Walls that aren’t plumb, square; clay block interior walls, gyp-crete roof planks, etc.• Coordination with utilities; agencies will take longer than expected – plan for it!• Remember – Other involved entities have their own rules, goals and expectations – be flexible.
  • 28. …Back to the Future
  • 29. SAVED!
  • 30. THANK YOU!