Chicago Revamps Historic Union Station

June 30, 2012

istockNew improvements at historic Union Station make it a hot spot for cool events this summer! Mortenson Construction recently completed $25 million in infrastructure improvements to the Great Hall, a waiting area for Amtrak and Metra train passengers and one of the greatest indoor spaces in the United States, at Union Station and its attached eight-story office building.

Funded by Union Station owner Amtrak and project-managed by Jones Lang LaSalle, Mortenson Construction upgraded and replaced the plumbing, electrical and mechanical systems while also installing fire safety equipment such as sprinklers and fire alarms to help modernize the 87-year-old building.

Amtrak has moved its Chicago office employees back into the building, partially occupying the second and third floors and saving more than two million in annual rent. By eliminating inefficient radiator heat, utility costs have already dropped by more than one million dollars in 2012, with an expected yearly savings of more than two million.

Once the favorite location for movies like “The Untouchables” to “Man of Steel,” the newly improved, historic air-conditioned building once again has people flocking to it. Union Station’s Grand Hall hosted a record nine events in May and four weddings in June. The newly improved Union Station is a great bonus for those seeking a Chicago new home and current Chicago residents alike. Both will enjoy improvements to this central area travel location, and will benefit from having an expanded shopping, dining and event facility.

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