FitzGerald Associates Architects has been selected by Walsh Construction as the architect-of-record for a new train depot in Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood along the Metra Union Pacific North Line. With plans originating nearly 16 years ago, the Stimulus-driven redevelopment of the segment of the UPRR North line between Grace and Balmoral streets will rehabilitate or replace 18 viaducts, some of which are over 100 years old, as well as replace the current open-platform station at Lawrence Avenue.
Responding to an influx of Metra riders, which has increased to almost 2000 passengers per day at the Lawrence Avenue stop alone, the station will remain in its current location just south of Lawrence Avenue and extend to Leland Avenue after plans to relocate it to other side of Lawrence Avenue proved impractical. Working closely with 47th Ward Alderman Gene Schulter, Walsh Construction and Metra, FitzGerald Associates is currently detailing a brick and glass structure that will include a new ticket office, vendor area and warming shelters along the 700 foot platform.
Construction on the $6 Million effort is scheduled to begin Spring 2011 and last four years.