July 2015 Springfield Union Station Photos

July 2015 - General Site Views

This is the west side foundation wall of the Terminal Building and the side where numerous electric and communications lines will be run to the rear of the building from Frank B. Murray Street along with a natural gas line to support the building.

Above are some of the locations on the exterior which will be removed and repaired to match the existing brickwork


Activity by the mason contractor behind the Terminal Building.

Masons are working every day both inside and outside of the Terminal Building.

The scaffolding extends to the roof as the work continues.

The light towers pose a space problem as workers move through the maze of scaffolding.

Work to remove and replace the window lintels requires the soldier course (vertical course) of brick be removed and replaced after the new steel lintels are installed.

The historic parapets on the roof must be demolished and rebuilt to insure a waterproof enclosure. The original parapet caps will be used except for one or two broken ones which will be replaced.

Here are the micro-piles being installed inside the Terminal Building to support the new elevators in 3 locations.

The temporary windows that were installed to protect the inside of the Terminal Building through the winter and spring are now being removed so that the framing for the new windows can be repaired and reinforced. New lintels will be installed where needed, new sill supports will be installed along with vertical anchorage.

A few areas where windows once sat are being blocked as necessary for mechanical and electrical requirements.

Demolition has occurred where the new service entrance will be entering from Dwight Street.

Clean-up after the micro-piles have been installed for the new office entry on Dwight Street.

On a rainy 1st of July the contractor was continuing to install the Pressure Injected Footings (PIFs) for the foundation that carries the weight of the six story parking garage.

The reinforcing rods stick out of the ground and are capped for safety. PIF installation continues.

The site is getting extremely crowded with the different types of PIFs being installed. There are compression, lateral load and tension PIFs installed.

The PIF installation has been completed, the next step is to excavate to the elevation at the bottom of the pile caps.

The excavation exposes some of the PIFs which will have to be cut down to the bottom of the pile caps. The PIFs are a form of piles which assist in transferring loading to the ground.

The exposed PIFs stand like the Chinese Terracotta Warriors but will soon be chipped down to become the warriors that will hold up the parking garage.

More of the PIFs as they are being excavated.

The protective orange caps on the exposed steel reinforcing show the congested area the large cranes had to maneuver around.

The arch stands in watch over the site where the PIFs are getting chipped down to proper elevation.

The Parking Garage site, the new Busway, part of Frank B. Murray Street and the Terminal Building are all shown in this photo, as work is clearly scattered over the entire site.

The temporary electric panel stands ready to support the next phase of the parking garage construction. The carpenters will use the power to begin forming the Pile Caps.

The Garden Brook Sewer ran beneath the old Baggage Building, and also runs beneath the Busway area. The original flows have been rerouted and there is no longer the need for such a large conveyance. A new 12” reinforced concrete pipe replaces the old brick pipe.

Soil was salvaged from the winter pile of snow and the excavation around the Garden Brook Sewer and is used to backfill the new pipe.

The Busway is getting graded and shaped for the next phase of the Busway construction.

The retaining wall has now been locked in place at the base. A concrete slab was placed between the retaining wall and the sheet piles driven during the winter.

The process to install aggregate piers begins with two machines, one to bore out the 30 inch hole and the other is to pack the holes with crushed stone with a diameter less than one inch.

The two machines stand idle at the end of the day.

The 10 foot deep holes are filled with stone, and the vibration and pressure from the weight of the equipment vibrate and push the stone into holes which consolidates the surrounding soil to make it strong enough to carry the bus and vehicle loadings.

Watching the two machines makes one think of the old game “whack-a-mole”, where one drills the hole and the other fills the hole. This will be accomplished over 500 times in the Busway. This view also shows the site of the parking garage in the distance.

This was the site of a known underground storage tank (UST) which was approved by the Fire Department and MADEP with all associated permits.

Shortly after removing the known tank, an unknown tank was found while trying to excavate for the new Liberty Street Connector. Once uncovered and accidentally punctured, all work was stopped and the SRA Environmental Engineer (Tighe & Bond) was notified and responded immediately as well as the environmental disposal contractor. MADEP was also notified and an environmental notification number was given.

The old petroleum fluid was removed as well as the sludge inside, and the emergency response was over.

Within a couple days the permits were obtained from the Fire Department and MADEP to remove the tank.

View of rail yard, looking southeast from terminal building. This is where a future rail line, new loading platform and other amenities will be constructed.

View of rail yard, looking southwest from terminal building, where a future rail line, new loading platform and other amenities will be constructed. Note the Amtrak cupola in the background.

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