RBCD Rewind: Albany-Rensselaer Rail Station
Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis provided the structural design for this $53 million, multi-phased project, which included a new rail station, parking structure, entrance road with highway bridge, and passenger loading bridge.
The building is a four-story, 67,000-square-foot station featuring an exposed roof structure and a 130-foot clock tower with a three-ton, hand-crafted, copper dome. In addition to railroad-related functions, the building also contains the city post office and commercial retail space. A 635-space parking structure abuts the station, and the upper level is designed to support truck and bus traffic. A 34-foot-wide by 125-foot-long passenger loading bridge with enclosed escalators, stairs, and elevators provides access to both high-level, precast platforms. The complex is accessed via a precast box girder bridge with a cast-in-place concrete Texas barrier. Segmental retaining walls were used to form the approach road embankment. The project was the winner of a Silver Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies. The station is located halfway between Montreal and New York City and halfway between Boston and Buffalo making it one of Amtrak’s busiest stations in the nation.
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