Reconstruction Awards: KETV-7 Burlington Station

The 1898 Greek Revival train terminal, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, had been abandoned for nearly four decades.

November 15, 2016 |

Leo A Daly and Broadcast Building Co. designed a box-within-a-box to isolate KETV’s news studio from the noise and vibration of a nearby active rail line. © 2016 Visko Hatfield

Leo A Daly led the reconstruction of the historic Burlington Station, Omaha, Neb. The 1898 Greek Revival train terminal, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, had been abandoned for nearly four decades. The client, KETV-7, a Hearst Television–owned station, wanted a downtown location with quick access to the interstate system and sufficient ceiling heights to accommodate the technological upgrades the ABC affiliate needed to stay competitive.

The Building Team installed new mechanical systems to save energy, minimize wall penetrations, and retain views of historic elements. A ’50s-era parking deck and an unsound passenger concourse, taxi drive, and plaza were demolished. The masonry envelope was stabilized and restored with salvaged matching brick. Six cast-iron columns in the baggage room were replaced with eight steel columns supported by concrete micro-piles sunk 80 feet into bedrock.

 

Before. Courtesy of Leo A Daly.

 

PROJECT SUMMARY 

 

Silver Award Winner | Omaha, Neb.

Building Team: Leo A Daly (submitting firm, architect, SE, CE); Hearst Television (owner); Broadcast Building Co. (CM/owner’s representative); DFW Consulting Group (MEP); McGill Restoration (masonry); PML (stucco contractor); Lund-Russ Constructors (GC).

Details: 47,000 sf. Construction cost: Confidential. Construction time: September 2013 to October 2015. Delivery method: Design-bid-build.

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