Reconstruct Rail Station, Howard-Red Line Terminal

Distinguished Building Award Submission

The multi-modal Howard/Red Line terminal, located at the north end of the CTA Red Line, serves as a transportation hub, connecting three separate rail lines, a bus terminal, a park-and-ride parking garage and bicycle parking. The project includes historical restoration of the Howard street ground level entry and retail spaces, and a new fully-accessible 3-story transit station with operatorsí offices, two platforms and ample passenger circulation space. As a multi-modal facility within a mixed-use development, the terminal helps restore economic vitality and incorporates restoration and urban infill to foster a more livable community.

The challenge of creating a transit space with high public visibility, an established identity and increased passenger security was accomplished by the transparent and open design. The arched sky-lit canopy introduces a large scale design element that identifies the terminal as a gateway to the transit system and to the city. The stationís steel and glass material palette reveals the movement of transit users between street level and the elevated rail platforms. While color and fenestration are used to distinguish the station from surrounding retail uses, transparency and massing are used to strengthen its connection to context.

Architrave, Ltd.
Chicago Transit Authority
  • Parsons Transportation Group
General contractor
James McHugh Construction Co.
Chicago, Illinois