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 in Spring 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.
- Union Terminal’s fountain continues to take shape and crews hope to have the fountain forms entirely poured within the next two months. With the concrete base finished, a waterproof liner will be applied in the coming months and historic stone will be put back in place. As a final step, green terrazzo will be laid overtop to complete the fountain.
- Cleaning and repairs continue on Winold Reiss’s iconic glass tile mosaics in the Rotunda. While scaffolding on the north mosaics begins to come down, art conservators are busy climbing scaffolding on the south mosaic. Repairs on the two concourse mosaics, featuring city officials and the first president of Union Terminal Company, are complete.
- Work on the Art Deco train station’s drum walls is complete after nearly 8 months. The walls, which sit just below the building’s half dome in the rear of the building, were disassembled and rebuilt with a steel-reinforced concrete block wall. The interior of the drum wall has been plastered and painted. Cracks in the opposite interior wall, on which the Rotunda mosaics hang, are being patched and painted this month as well.
- New duct-work is being installed in the changing special exhibition galleries. Once installed, this ductwork will be connected to new heating and cooling systems. This is a critical step in ensuring the galleries can continue to meet required temperature and humidity levels for the wide range of artifacts brought into the space.
- As the new elevator serving the Duke Energy Children’s Museum lobby continues to take shape, the piston operating the existing elevator in the lower level lobby is being replaced. Later this month and into March, crews will cut through the concourse and mezzanine floors to complete the elevator shaft.
- Chilled water piping is being hung and chilled water pumps are being installed in the boiler room to service the building’s three new chillers. The updated cooling system is part of an overall mechanical upgrade that will make the building more efficient to operate. 3,500 gallons of water circulate through the new chillers each minute.
Number to know: 1,060 – There are 1,060 doors across Union Terminal’s more than 500,000 square feet.
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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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