Credit: Paul Crosby

St. Paul Union Depot

BBB’s work at Union Depot restores a grand public building in St. Paul to its original use as a train station, re-establishing an architectural icon and providing an engine for economic and urban revitalization.

Union Depot is an historic Beaux Arts railroad station located on the banks of the Mississippi River in downtown St. Paul. Once the railroad hub of the Twin Cities and known as the “Gateway to the West,” the building was shuttered in 1971 and closed to the public for more than four decades. As the lead design and preservation architect, BBB worked with an interdisciplinary design-build team to rehabilitate the site into a vibrant, multi-modal transportation hub. The renovated station includes tenant and retail space, grand interior event spaces, parking facilities, and a public pedestrian plaza. In addition to historic restoration work, BBB designed new steel-and-glass vertical circulation towers to move passengers from the waiting room to the trains and buses, new train platforms and canopies, and a major new entrance for vehicular drop-off and Amtrak baggage functions.

 

Client

Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority

Location

St. Paul, MN

Size

267,000 SF

Completed

2012

Construction Cost

$250 million

Certification

LEED Gold

People

FAIA, AICP
Managing Partner
AIA
Associate Partner
AIA, LEED AP
Associate Partner
AIA, LEED AP
Senior Associate
LEED AP
Associate, Environmental Graphics