4 to Vie to be Philly Station Master Developer

Four firms have been chosen as finalists to become the master developer for Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor station project in Philadelphia.

The teams are Brandywine Realty Trust: Brandywine, Pelli Clarke, Pelli Architects, WSP, CBRE; G30 Collaborative: Meridiam, Gensler, Gannett Fleming, Turner Construction, Aramark, MarketPlace, and WeWork; PHL 30 Vision LLC: JLL, FXCollaborative, AKF, Pennoni, ARUP, Jingoli, JLL Plenary Infrastructure, and PHL: Plenary, SOM, Pennoni, Arora, Urban, AKRF, Gilbane Building, Johnson Controls, Vantage, and Republic

Amtrak is seeking to update its William H. Gray III 30th Street Station by introducing new passenger amenities, enhancing retail and commercial operations, improving transit and pedestrian traffic flow, and expanding the station’s concourses to accommodate anticipated increases in ridership.

“The selection of the four teams is a significant milestone, as it represents the next step in realizing the future vision of the William H. Gray III 30th Street Station,” Amtrak Senior Program Manager Natalie Shieh said. “By partnering with the right development team, Amtrak will update this major transportation hub as a world-class gateway for the traveling public and Philadelphia.”

The Pennsylvania Railroad opened the station in 1933 at 2955 Market Street. It is Amtrak’s third-busiest station in Amtrak’s network, serving 12 million Amtrak, SEPTA and NJ Transit passengers annually.

Recent work at the station has included spending $100 million to refurbish the building facade, renovating the public restrooms, replacing elevators and escalators, and restoring the historic bronze entrance doors.

Amtrak will issue a Request for Proposals from the four teams, and award a contract in 2019.

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