Amtrak Wilmington Car Shops 1 and 2

Burns led a multi-discipline team for the survey, condition inspection, assessment, analysis, and design to complete historically sensitive improvements and partial reconstruction of two vintage rail car maintenance shops.

Numerous problems identified with Shop 1 included:

  • A leaky roof
  • Skylights and walls
  • Heavily deteriorated timber column
  • Roof truss framing
  • Insufficient administrative and equipment maintenance space
  • Inadequate vertical clearance to perform maintenance operations.

Shop 2 has a timber-framed roof and exterior masonry walls and is in a similarly unserviceable condition. Major portions of the shops have been closed to Amtrak operations due to safety concerns.

The team replaced deteriorated skylights, roofing, and roof framing with a new roofing system that complies with current design codes, provides greater clear spans between supports, and allows greater overhead clearance so that the buildings may be better utilized.

Amtrak’s goal was to upgrade these historic shops to create a modern workshop space that included office facilities with a test laboratory and a multi-use lunch/meeting/training room, an electrical shop storage/warehouse with a layout and staging area, and warehouse space for a Material Control Storage area.

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Location: Wilmington, DE
Railroad & Transit
Client: Amtrak

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