After more than a year of planning, intensive design work and thorough probing and analysis by preservation architects, the real construction work on Union Terminal is underway. The restoration of Union Terminal requires a keen understanding of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and history as modern construction and engineering techniques blend with early 20th century materials and design to save iconic Union Terminal.
Union Terminal is currently closed due to construction activity. The Duke Energy Children's Museum will reopen May 4, 2018.
Construction is fully underway! Aspects of your general visit will be different as the work continues and we make sure your visit is still fun and safe.
The front entrance drop off zone has been reconfigured due to scaffolding on the exterior of the building. The new drop off and pick up zone is at the bottom of the fountain. This area is not be covered.
The parking lot on the north side of the building will be available for guest parking. There will be new handicapped spots in this lot.
The temporary lobby construction is complete. You will be able to see the Rotunda for a period of time but must stay on the carpeted area in the front of the Rotunda. You will continue to purchase your tickets at our box office in the same location.
Restrooms will be available in the Duke Energy Children’s Museum and outside the entrance of the Special Exhibit Gallery.
Both the escalators and large elevator that lead down to the Duke Energy Children’s Museum and Special Exhibit Gallery will continue to be available for guests.
We will have wheelchairs and strollers available for rent.
There will be food service available on the lower level with limited grab-and-go options.
Public safety and first aid will continue to be available on main level. This will continue to serve as our lost and found as well.
- Now that the concrete basin of the fountain is complete, crews are beginning to apply waterproofing to the fountain. A polyurea coating will cover the fountain’s 8,000 square feet, followed by a gel coat before mortar and terrazzo are applied, consistent with the fountain’s historic finish. The waterproofing will prevent water from penetrating the fountain’s concrete base and foundation.
- The bricks and masonry on Union Terminal’s west wall have been completely removed and crews are beginning to incorporate new steel reinforcements to replace those installed in the 1970s when the wall was built after 400 feet of the original concourse was demolished.
- Crews continue to polish marble and metal throughout the Rotunda. The thin aluminum strips between pieces of marble are being cleaned through a process of dry ice blasting and a wipe down with a mild detergent. Dry ice blasting is less abrasive than traditional sand blasting, preventing the soft aluminum from being damaged as decades of dirt and corrosion are removed. Dry ice changes immediately from a solid to a gas when it warms (a process called sublimation), leaving no chemical residue in the process.
- The north parking lot is being completely repaved and restriped with new light poles added as well. Underground piping is being roughed in for the installation of a new automated parking control system which will be operational when the Duke Energy Children’s Museum reopens in May.
- Crews are continuing the installation of a new elevator located in the Rotunda that will service the mezzanine and lower levels. To complete the 40-foot shaft for the elevator, crews installed new steel frames and cut through existing steel and concrete floors of the concourse and mezzanine levels. An equally deep 40-foot hole will be drilled this month to house the piston that will raise and lower the elevator.
Number to know: 171 – As part of the systems and infrastructure updates, over 907,000 feet of individual fiber cable strands are being run throughout Union Terminal. That adds up to over 171 miles!
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Take a 3D tour of Union Terminal’s interior
As teams finalize plans for the restoration of 83-year-old Union Terminal, they’re getting an assist from new technology. A recently completed laser scan of the building produced a 3D model that will be an essential asset for architects and designers as they begin the restoration. Watch this video for a 3D flythrough of Union Terminal and click on the links below to take an interactive look inside the walls of Union Terminal.
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