As the summer heats up, so does work on Union Terminal. We kicked off the building restoration in July and set the stage by securing construction areas and rerouting traffic and visitor flow for the safety of our guests. Equipment and materials continue to move onsite as crews prepare for another busy month of restoring our National Historic Landmark.
1. Construction on the temporary lobby continues. The scaffolding frame and ceiling are complete and by the end of the month finished walls, fire suppression systems, duct work and lighting will complete the space. A special viewing window will allow guests to peek into the Rotunda for a glimpse at our historic mosaics and a behind-the-scenes look at some of the work in progress.
2. Stair towers will help crews access Union Terminal’s various roof levels in preparation of limestone and masonry work, which is set to begin this month. Turner Construction is working with preservation architects John G. Waite, Associates and design firm GBBN Architects to ensure the work meets all preservation requirements. Limestone work will commence on the wings of the building which are home to the Museum of Natural History & Science and Cincinnati History Museum.
3. Plywood barriers are being constructed to protect the historic metal railings in the Museum of Natural History & Science and Cincinnati History Museum as work continues. The railings are original to Union Terminal and formerly served as guardrails and handrails as vehicles passed through the wings of the building.
4. Former meeting space on the lower level is being converted to expand Westheimer Hall II, part of our special exhibits gallery. This will add extra square footage to our special exhibits gallery, which will allow us to continue to bring blockbuster exhibitions to the region. Stay tuned to find out what’s coming this fall!
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