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MTA completes $29M upgrade to Brooklyn Museum subway station

The MTA has completed a $25.8M renovation and accessibility upgrade of the Eastern Parkway-Brooklyn Museum subway station in Brooklyn, NY.

The renovated station, which provides access to the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Botanical Garden and Prospect Park, features a new elevator tower erected at the Brooklyn Museum’s plaza. The station also features artwork and historical artifacts donated by the Museum, three new elevators, and other improvements.

Urbahn Architects and contractor Gramercy Group carried out the work on the IRT Eastern Parkway Line for MTA Construction & Development (MTA C&D).

The station, serving subway trains on routes 2 and 3, was identified in the MTA 2015-2019 Capital Plan as one of a group of key stations throughout the New York City subway system that would be made fully accessible in order to better serve riders. Many of the existing stations were constructed up to 100 years ago and predate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The enhancements, which included the installation of three hydraulic elevators and the replacement of one street level stair, achieve full ADA compliance and have improved customer ingress and egress.

“This is a popular station for those heading to local institutions such as the Brooklyn Museum, whose advocacy and support helped get this project done,” said Sarah Meyer, NYC Transit Chief Customer Officer. “By adding elevators and other ADA features we are not only helping improve accessibility for local residents, but making our stations inclusive for all those visiting, as well.”

Natale Barranco, AIA, LEED AP, Urbahn Architect’s Principal-in-Charge, explained, “The station had to remain fully operational during construction, with the goal of a full accessibility upon completion. Urbahn worked closely with MTA C&D and with the contractor, Gramercy, to ensure that the work was adequately phased and remained on schedule. The project’s duration was 28 months.”

In addition to Natale Barranco, Urbahn’s team included Project Manager Nandini Sengupta, LEED AP; Project Architect Ijeoma D. Iheanacho; and Construction Administrator Siddharth Tailor. Joseph Castaldo, PE, Vice President of Operations, and Scott Krokoff, construction Project Manager, led the Gramercy team.

Additional design and construction team members included structural and civil engineer TY Lin International; mechanical, electrical, and telecommunication engineer GG Engineering; vertical transportation consultant AB Consulting; surveyor Matrix New World Engineering; cost estimator ELLANA, Inc.; and maintenance and protection of traffic planner SIMCO Engineering. 

Photos by Ola Wilk

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