SEPTA, 5th Street Station Rehabilitation

SEPTA’s 5th Street Station is a subway station that serves the Market-Frankford Line. This 51,000 SF station is located below the 5th and Market Street intersection in the historic Old City section of Philadelphia.

The station was originally opened to passenger service as part of the Market Street Subway in 1908, was substantially modified with the creation of Independence Mall in the 1950’s. The station was rehabilitated in 1974 as part of the city’s preparations for the bicentennial, again in 1997 as part of SEPTA’s Automatic Train Control System upgrade, and most recently in 2010, when two elevators were installed. With the last architectural finishes renovation completed in 1976, the station served a lifespan of over 30 years and was in need of an architectural renovation and system upgrades to enhance aesthetics, restore the station to a state of good repair, update the station to meet current codes, and provide infrastructure for smart stations and fare collection system.

Burns is providing civil, structural, mechanical, and electrical engineering design to create a station experience that is an appropriate gateway to independence mall and historic Philadelphia. Along with architectural enhancements, the design will also address the typical state of good repair items required within a station that is over 100 years old, including mitigation of water infiltration, and crack and spall repairs.

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Location: Philadelphia, PA
Railroad & Transit
Client: Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA)

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