Atlantic Terminal Complex Reconstruction Design
The Atlantic Terminal Complex in downtown Brooklyn is the third largest transit hub in New York City, where 10 NYCT subway lines and the LIRR Atlantic Branch are used by 130,000 commuters daily. The complex was never planned as a whole, but rather came together in stages between the 1870's and the 1920's. As a result, the Terminal was not suitable as a modern transportation facility. Its problems included structural deficiencies, deteriorated finishes, water infiltration, passenger crowding and congestion, a sense of poor security, a lack of proper signage and amenities, and the lack of ADA accessibility. Interactive Elements, as a subcontractor to a di Domenico-Parsons Brinckerhoff joint venture, assisted in the design of a $160 million reconstruction of the complex. Major components of the rehabilitation included: bringing the entire complex into a state of good repair, including fire and life safety provisions; new architectural treatments; addressing current and future passenger volumes by reconfiguring circulation spaces, widening passageways, adding a new concourse, the construction of a new main entry pavilion; and the addition of several elevators and escalators to provide ADA accessibility. The firm's responsibilities included rail operations planning to allow uninterrupted service during construction, and assessing security requirements, including the application of CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design).
Agencies Involved: NYCT
Areas of Expertise: Engineering Services, Planning, Safety, Security, Transit Operations