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JUN 2014

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TRANSPORTATION & INFRASTRUCTURE BUILDINGS & FACILITIES CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT ENERGY SERVICES Reaching the century mark isn't easy – you have to be quality-driven, client-focused, and have a vision for the future. At 100 years, STV is looking ahead. As an employee- owned f rm, our planners, architects, engineers and construction managers have a stake in the business, and are committed to quality performance. We provide personal attention and timely solutions, with an eye toward sustainability. And with more than 40 of ces, we are a local f rm with national resources. When it comes to getting your project delivered right, choose the f rm that has the drive and vision to be the best. Enduring. Driven. Visionary. An employee-owned firm Offices nationwide Toll-free: 877-395-5459 and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Te design for the project involved adaptive reuse and rehabilitation of the building and site while meeting the needs of modern tran- sit providers. From the start of the project, the de- sign and construction team met with the historical consulting parties on a regular basis to ensure that design approach- es would meet the Secretary of the In- terior's Standards. Extensive use of ac- curate 3D visualization technology was employed to depict proposed design el- ements. Tis technique kept SHPO and the consulting parties up to date on the progress of the project and allowed it to proceed on schedule. ECO-MANAGEMENT, ABATEMENT L a r g e a m o u n t s o f A C M a n d L B P building materials were present with- in the interior and exterior of the struc- ture. A waterproofng material contain- ing asbestos had to be removed before structural rehabilitation could begin. Redevelopment activities turned up sig- nifcant quantities of poor-quality urban fll. Te movement, tracking, and man- agement of the large number of impact- ed soil stockpiles required the use of a complex mapping and tracking system to communicate the prioritization of piles for reuse and identifcation of the specifc areas that were available. SUSTAINABLE DESIGN As completed, the project stands as an example of sustainable design, hav- ing revitalized an existing infrastructure that had lingered for decades in a state of disrepair. Te renovated facility incor- porates a wide range of transportation modes, as opposed to the customary lim- itation to passenger rail, including future high-speed, BRT and commuter rail ser- vices. In addition, the design and con- struction achieved the requirements for Gold LEED status by employing efcient techniques in the mechanical systems de- sign, recycling and reuse of site materials from windows to concrete and the efec- tive conversion of a brownfeld site into a functioning transportation facility. Union Depot's renovation included major improvements to several blocks of city streets to enhance pedestrian move- ments with respect to both safety and aes- thetics. Expansive sidewalks were incor- porated along two busy streets to provide attractive and safe movement into the city for pedestrians as well as a connection to the river. Connections for pedestrians and cyclists to regional trails on the river were incorporated into the project in ad- dition to a full-service bicycle station to accommodate commuter cyclists. Union Depot has been transformed into a state-of-the-art transit center that combines historic preservation with a multimodal transportation hub. Overall, the project is expected to bring new life to St. Paul's Lowertown District, St. Paul and Ramsey County in addition to economic vitality to the Upper Midwest region, the state, Ramsey County and St. Paul. Greg S. Brown, PE is a project manager, URS Corp., St. Paul, Minn. 41 JUNE 2014 m ETRO m AGAZINE >

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