New design images of the planned expansion of Baltimore’s Penn Station show new entrances from Charles and St. Paul streets with glass-lined open space and modern structural finishes.
Three renderings were released last week after the city’s Urban Design and Architecture Advisory Panel reviewed the station’s design.
Amtrak contracted Penn Station Partners, which consists of Beatty Development Group and Cross Street Partners, as master developers before construction began in February 2022. Other firms are also involved in the project, including design and architectural firm Gensler, the architect for the station expansion.
The 47,109-square-foot expansion will be built over the tracks to the north of the historic station and then fully integrated with the existing structure. All station operations, including ticketing and baggage, will relocate to the new expansion, according to Beatty Development.
Though work on the existing station has already begun, construction on the site’s additions is planned to start before the end of 2023 and is expected to be completed by the end of 2025.
Amtrak initially committed as much as $90 million to renovate Penn Station in April 2019. The project has also received $4 million in state funding from then-Gov. Larry Hogan and the Maryland General Assembly. A federal infrastructure grant added another $6 million.
The project is expected to extend the concourse, add two new train platforms, redo exterior finishes, and add office, dining and retail spaces to the vacant levels of the building.