June 2015 Springfield Union Station Photos

June 2015 - General Site Views

This photo from the beginning of June shows the clean-up after the demolition of the canopy on the rear of the Terminal Building.

By the end of June, the repairs to the brick work has begun.

The light towers which provided all the daylight to the building were being repaired with some new brick, repointing of the brick, new lintels, new flashing and repairs to the window frames.

At times the working space gets very crowded.

A panoramic view of the rear of the terminal.

The staging will be used to repair the brick work and then moved around the building in a counter clockwise fashion to repair the entire building.

Inside the building, the frame is ready to accept new finishes once the brickwork and roofing are completed. Until then, seemingly unnoticed work of cutting holes for elevators, new stairways, pipe chases and ventilation shafts will continue.

The main entry way waits its turn for revitalization and new grandeur.

A birds eye view of the future location for PVTA administration.

Exposing areas of concrete encased structural framework is necessary to guarantee the integrity of the structure.

Third floor open space, soon to be revitalized into a bustling office space.

This view is looking east from the intersection of FB Murray Street and the new Liberty Street Connector

This view is looking west from the intersection of FB Murray Street and the new Liberty Street Connector.

This view is looking at the new Liberty Street Connector, soon to be cleared, graded, and storm water drainage installed.

In June the reconstruction of Frank B. Murray Street started with the grinding of the asphalt pavement, removal of curbs and sidewalks.

The concrete sidewalks in front of the Terminal Building were removed

The sidewalks on both sides of the street were removed.

During the new water line and hydrant installation an old stone foundation or stone wall was encountered. The large granite boulders had to be removed.

A panoramic view of Frank B. Murray Street

A Springfield resident and coworker dig through FB Murray Street to make a new connection for the Garden Brook Sewer line. Installing new pipes where old pipes exist is often as difficult as threading a needle.

It is not only pipes and concrete duct banks which challenge the work. An unknown underground storage tank or two create a problem of a different nature. Environmental challenges like this are often are found on older sites.

This underground tank would have been under the new Liberty Street Connector but was removed and sent for environmentally friendly recycling.

The beginning of the month was characterized by testing of the Pressure Injected Footings (PIFs). This was the second test to insure the new parking garage would be constructed on a solid foundation. 210 tons of pressure was applied the selected test pile.

Meticulous readings were taken to insure the PIF met the design requirements.

A second rig was brought on site to assist in completing the work on time. Note the pile of pipes which will be placed in certain holes. Also note the single PIF with no obstructions in front of the machine.

As the month progressed, the PIFs started to be installed closer together.

By the end of the month the PIFs were being installed much closer together and the pile of pipes has dwindled as they are put in the ground. By the end of June 75% of the 205 PIFs had been installed.

The construction work will entail work to the sidewalk, so there had to be a barricade installed along Main Street to detour pedestrians around the work area.

At the beginning of June the open Bus Way was cleared from snow. A puddle from melted snow can be seen next to the pile in the middle.

One of the first items to get relocated was the Garden Brook Sewer Line (GBS) which needed to be removed along with part of the Baggage Building foundation which could not be removed until the entire GBS could be replaced. There was concrete foundations, granite walls and top to the GBS.

The retaining wall was ballasted to keep it from moving over the winter and not had to be permanently tied into the sheeting that was installed in the winter.

The soil ballast had to be removed, the bottom compacted.

Concrete was then placed to anchor the bottom of the wall to prevent movement in the wall.

The work for the improvements to the railroad has been slow at getting started but soon the existing deteriorated head houses will be demolished and replaced with new elevator, up to date signage and handicap accessibility standards.

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