• Moynihan Train Hall
    © Lucas Blair Simpson/Aaron Fedor, Empire State Development | SOM

Moynihan Train Hall

New York City, NY, USA, 2020

The completion of the new Moynihan Train Hall creates a world-class transit gateway for New York City. Located across the street from Penn Station in the landmarked James A. Farley Post Office Building designed by McKim, Mead & White in 1913, the new train hall expands the capacity of Penn Station by providing additional concourse space and access to the existing nine train platforms and 17 tracks that run below it. The historic space is celebrated and enhanced with a monumental series of four gridshell skylights in the building's train hall and an additional skylight in the Midblock space. The new lightweight gridshell skylights are designed to rest minimally on the building, and in the train hall also on its three existing steel trusses. The design of the gridshells was optimized to create an inviting visitor experience, with larger panels toward the center of the shells to allow more light in the space. The depth of the steel members decreases toward the middle of the shells to efficiently carry the loads and increase the sense of lightness as you progress into the space. The steel gridshell structure is braced within the plane of the roof surface with diagonal cables, while the barrels of the shells are braced by a series of diagonal spider cables.

  • Location

    New York City, NY, USA

  • Architect

    Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

  • Cooperation

    Severud Associates, New York

  • Awards

    Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award (2021), ENR New York Awards (2021): Best Project, Airport/Transit & Award of Merit, Sustainability

  • Client

    Moynihan Station Development Corporation

  • Contractor

    Skanska, seele

  • Our Scope of Work

    schematic design, design development, construction documents, construction administration, erection engineering

  • Covered area 30,000 sf (2,700 m²)
    9,000 sf (1,100 m²)
  • Max height (from floor) 92 ft (28 m)
    Midblock skylight
    50 ft (15 m)
  • Dimensions 200 ft x 150 ft (60 m x 45 m)
    180 ft x 50 ft (55 m x 15 m)
  • Moynihan Train Hall © sbp/Stephan Hollinger
  • Moynihan Train Hall © sbp/Stephan Hollinger
  • Moynihan Train Hall © sbp/Stephan Hollinger
  • Moynihan Train Hall © Lucas Blair Simpson, Empire State Development | SOM
  • Moynihan Train Hall © Lucas Blair Simpson © Empire State Development | SOM
  • Moynihan Train Hall © Dave Burk © Empire State Development | SOM

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