Leading construction and development firm Skanska announced that it has completed the significant transformation of the James A. Farley Post Office Building into the new 225,000-square-foot, 21st century Moynihan Train Hall for Empire State Development. The mixed-use Moynihan Train Hall located directly across Eighth Avenue from existing Penn Station, for Long Island Rail Road and Amtrak passengers, increases total concourse floor space in the station complex by more than 50 percent. Commuters now have improved access to nine platforms and 17 tracks, as well as a direct connection to the Eighth Avenue Subway, and for the first time ever, a new entrance to the station complex on Ninth Avenue. The centerpiece of the building is a spectacular new 92-foot-high glass canopy roof and skylight that welcomes abundant natural light and air into the space for an enjoyable customer experience. The train hall also offers 700,000 square feet of new commercial, retail, and dining space, creating an iconic civic space for Manhattan's West Side.
This redevelopment represents the first step in New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s vision for the Empire Station Complex. It restores the architectural dignity of the iconic Farley Building that dates to 1912 and represents Skanska’s second largest project following New York’s LaGuardia Airport.
The restoration of the Farley Building to create the new Moynihan Train Hall included:
The renovation of 1.4 million square feet of transit, retail, and commercial office space, which included the restoration of the building’s original, historic façade.
The construction of a 92-foot-high skylight that spans about an acre above the former post office’s historic steel trusses and new concourse level. This required 775,000 pounds of steel reinforcement and the installation of nearly 2,200 individual glass panels.
A major demolition of all existing structural and architectural elements, asbestos, and lead abatement, as well as a structural steel reinforcement and rehabilitation package of the building’s mechanical and electrical systems to make the facility air-conditioned and safe.
Other improvements included upgraded lighting and wayfinding and digital screens to convey information and create a modern passenger experience.
Throughout construction, the adjacent post office at the Farley Building’s Eighth Avenue entrance remained operational. The project created more than 5,000 construction jobs and is estimated to generate an additional 11,000 indirect jobs. In accordance with Governor Cuomo’s goals, Skanska prioritized the use of union labor and subcontracted work to Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs).