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.
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.
New restrooms are available in the Duke Energy Children’s Museum lobby and inside the Children's Museum.
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.
- Terrazzo application continues on Union Terminal’s historic fountain, part of the finishing touches before it’s filled with 44,000 gallons of water. The green pigmented terrazzo and marble chips are being applied over a two-layer polyurea waterproofing system that will protect the fountain structure from future water penetration.
- After a year of repairs and restoration, the red neon hands and updated mechanism of the building’s clock will be reinstalled this month. The clock has spent months in the hands of the Verdin Company where its gears and mechanism have been updated and balanced with the restored hands. New red and amber glass will fill the 18-foot diameter frame.
- Scaffolding crawls more than seven stories along the front interior wall of the Rotunda for plaster removal and repair. Existing acoustic plaster will be removed and replaced with a more effective material that will enhance the acoustics of the Rotunda without depriving it of the iconic echo of the whispering fountains.
- The rebuild of Union Terminal’s west wall at the back of the concourse continues as masons build a concrete block backup wall more than 40 feet above the ground. From the outside in, the wall will consist of exterior face brick, a concrete block wall with steel reinforcements woven throughout and, finally, structural steel that has been painted and fireproofed.
- The roof of the current Amtrak truckway ramp that guides passengers and luggage to the train platform is being repaired. A new waterproofing liner covers the ramp’s flat roof and new copper flashing will soon be applied on the roof caps to prevent water from penetrating the masonry.
Number to know: 5,200 – Crews are applying 5,200 pounds of SonaKrete to the Rotunda’s front interior wall. SonaKrete is an acoustical finish that will be mixed with 1,800 gallons of binding agent in a closed system and sprayed onto the wall before it is repainted with the wall’s silver highlights.
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Cincinnati History Library and Archives
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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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