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

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

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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