August 24, 2017 - Curbed Philadelphia (Melissa Romero)
Amtrak is wasting no time starting work on its multi-billion dollar 30th Street Station District plan. But first, it needs a developer.
Amtrak has taken another step forward by issuing a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) this week in search of a master developer to help lead the ambitious multi-billion dollar project, which includes the redevelopment of 30th Street Station itself and 18 million square feet of new development around it, including a new neighborhood and 40 acres of green space.
August 23, 2017 - Philadelphia Business Journel (Natalie Kostelni)
The rail company has been undertaking a master planning process at the historic station.
August 23, 2017 - Amtrak
PHILADELPHIA – Amtrak has taken the next step toward a comprehensive redevelopment of Philadelphia 30th Street Station and adjacent properties with the release of a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) seeking a Master Developer partnership, now available at procurement.Amtrak.com.
July 19, 2017 - The Architects Newspaper (Jackson Rollins)
As part of Philadelphia’s massive downtown redevelopment efforts, new plans were released on Tuesday for an integrated civic space surrounding 30th Street Station—the third-busiest Amtrak station in the country—by a design team including FXFOWLE, !melk, and ARUP.
Over the next three decades, the station’s traffic is expected to double, according to a marketing brochure for the overall project, bringing renewed interest to the surrounding business district dubbed University City.
July 13, 2017 - Curbed Philadelphia (Melissa Romero)
At an open house held at 30th Street Station Tuesday afternoon, a design proposal for Station Plaza, the grand civic space planned as part of the 30th Street Station District Plan, was revealed.
The proposal, designed by FXFOWLE, !melk, and ARUP, calls for increased pedestrian pathways, circular paving patterns, skylights on the sidewalk, and elevated tree planters surrounding 30th Street Station. The main goal of this reconfiguration, Amtrak says, is to provide the grand train station with the grand public space.
July 11, 2017 - Philly.com (Jacob Adelman)
Amtrak wants to replace the traffic-choked snarl that surrounds Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station with tree-canopied public spaces in an early step toward realizing the transit corporation’s $6.5 billion redevelopment vision for a huge adjacent swath of University City.
January 18, 2017 - PlanPhilly
Curbed reports the AIA has awarded the 30th Street Station District Plan regional and urban design of 2017. Years upon years in the making, the super-team including Skidmore Owings & Merrill, OLIN, private developers, SEPTA, Amtrak, and the City of Philadelphia, unveiled its finalized 30-year plan last year. The plan puts the public infrastructure costs for area redevelopment plans at around $2 billion, but the area is also projected to attract about $4.5 billion worth of private investment over that period. The AIA Award declares that achieving the plan’s goals will mean working among some of the most complex infrastructure found in a single area, calling the plan “daring in its scope but achievable in its details”.
January 17, 2017 - Drexel University (Alissa Falcone)
Drexel, Amtrak, Brandywine Realty Trust, PennDOT and SEPTA were honored for their collaborative efforts on the 30th Street Station District Plan with a 2017 Institute Honor for Regional & Urban Design from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) on Jan. 13, 2017.
January 17, 2017 - PhillyVoice (Michael Tanenbaum)
University City is on the cusp of a long-term, $10 billion transformation that will see the vicinity of 30th Street Station undergo major renovations, neighborhood improvement projects and high-rise construction.
January 17, 2017 - Curbed Philadelphia (Melissa Romero)
Calling the designs “daring” but “achievable,” the 30th Street Station District Plan was recently given a 2017 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Award in regional and urban design. The announcement was made on Friday last week that AIA has recognized the work of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP—and the long, long list of owners and partners—for being one of the “the best in urban design, regional and city planning, and community development.”
January 17, 2017 - American Institute of Architects (AIA)
Buildings never arise in isolation. The best planning accounts for the entire built environment, local culture, and available resources—modeling architecture’s promise and true value to communities. The 2017 Regional & Urban Design program recognizes the best in urban design, regional and city planning, and community development.
January 13, 2017 - Amtrak
PHILADELPHIA – The 30th Street Station District Plan has been honored with the architecture industry’s most prestigious award – a 2017 Institute Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design from the American Institute of Architects. The District Plan was selected from more than 500 submissions from around the world.
December 9, 2016
The Philadelphia Chapter of Women in Transportation, an international organization dedicated to building the future of transportation through the global advancement of women, honored Philadelphia 30th Street Station District Plan Project Director Natalie Shieh as its “Woman of the Year” at a ceremony on Dec. 1. The award “honors a woman who is an outstanding role model and has contributed to the advancement of women and minorities in transportation.”
November 16, 2016 - Philadelphia Inquirer (John A. Fry and Stephen J. Gardner)
Without even putting a single shovel in the ground, the far-reaching plan that we and our public partners just launched to transform Philadelphia's major transportation hub may well be changing the way business and state and local leaders look at the future of the city's downtown.
November 15, 2016 - Amtrak
PHILADELPHIA – Following the launch of the 30th Street Station District Plan earlier this year, Amtrak has engaged Newmark Grubb Knight Frank to issue a Request for Proposals (“RFP”) for the long term lease and development of property adjacent to its third busiest station.
November 15, 2016 - Philadelphia Inquirer
Amtrak is seeking a developer for a three-quarter acre site near 30th Street Station that Brandywine Realty Trust previously had in mind as the location of its so-called Cira II office tower.
September 12, 2016 - Philly.com
Aramark Corp. is moving its headquarters from its namesake high-rise at 11th and Market Streets to the banks of the Schuylkill, continuing Center City's westward tilt toward burgeoning University City.
June 17, 2016 - Philadelphia Inquirer
Amtrak and its partners in the proposed redevelopment of a massive swath around 30th Street Station in University City say the decades-long plan - including partially capping the adjacent rail yard - will involve $6.5 billion in infrastructure funding and private investment.
June 17, 2016 - 6 ABC News
Big changes are on the way to the area surrounding the 30th Street Station. Partners - including Amtrak, SEPTA, Brandywine Realty Trust and Drexel University - announced plans Thursday morning for a massive $6.5 billion transformation. "It is about transforming this station to meet capacity and needs of the future," said Stephen Gardner, Amtrak.
June 16, 2016 - Philadelphia Magazine
A total of $6.5 billion in public and private investment will turn the station area into a multimodal transportation hub and add new office, retail and residential space. The Porch gets a huge upgrade too.
June 16, 2016 - Railway Age
On June 16, Amtrak, Brandywine Realty Trust, Drexel University, PennDOT and SEPTA unveiled the Philadelphia 30th Street Station District Plan and announced the initiation of several follow-on projects to improve the immediate station area and catalyze future development throughout the District.
June 16, 2016 - KYW News Radio
It’s a plan to transform 30th Street Station and the area around it into Philadelphia’s ‘next great neighborhood.’ All it needs is 35 years and $2 billion.
June 16, 2016 - Philadelphia Business Journal
A 2-year, $5.25 million study on the development of 175-acre site reportedly concluded it will cost roughly $6.5 billion to overhaul the 175-acre site that neighbors 30th Street Station.
March 16, 2016 - The Inquirer
Amtrak and its development partners want to build a new underground concourse linking 30th Street Station with SEPTA's subways and trolleys as the first step in a 35-year plan for the area.
March 16, 2016 - Philadelphia Magazine
On the heels of Drexel University and Brandywine Realty Trust announcing their joint plan to redevelop the area just west of 30th Street Station comes a draft plan for the larger area surrounding the station.