SEPTA, 5th Street Station Rehabilitation

Burns led a complete overhaul to the subway station’s platforms, mezzanines, passageways and streetscape, producing a modern, multi-modal transit center for travelers arriving at the birthplace of America.

Burns served as the engineer of record, providing civil, structural, mechanical, plumbing, electrical, and special-systems engineering design. Sophisticated phasing and sequencing measures ensured continuity of station services, subway operations, and street-traffic activity. Thorough and highly accurate assessments guided comprehensive station repairs despite many unobservable conditions within the 113-year-old structure.

Project achievements included:

  • Performing adaptive, in situ remediation to repair concrete-encased structural steel members and transit-grade materials, including 40 columns, 200 feet of platform edges, and an entirely replaced 1,300-square-foot tunnel completed as part of a stairway reconstruction.
  • Designing resilient waterproofing strategies through hand excavation followed by tunnel-structure and stormwater-management upgrades.
  • Precisely controlling structural integrity through innovative shoring solutions within constrained spaces.
  • Accommodating architectural characteristics rarely found within a subway station through structural tactics such as widening tunnels and incorporating translucent pavers to introduce daylight and improve visibility.
  • Enhancing street-level safety with new glass headhouses, curb cuts and bumpouts.
  • Completing construction on schedule despite significant underground conflicts and COVID-19 restrictions.

Previous transit station improvements include projects for the Port Authority Transportation Corporation (PATCO) High-Speed Line and Amtrak Baltimore Penn Station.

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

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