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 May 4, 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.
- The final concrete trucks are rolling onto the plaza to finish pouring concrete for the fountain. The 8,000-square-foot fountain required 450 cubic yards of concrete to recreate the iconic scalloped cascades and basins. With the concrete base poured, the fountain will next be waterproofed before a finishing layer of green terrazzo is applied on top and historic stone is placed around it.
- In the rear of the building, the meticulous disassembly of the west wall continues. The wall was originally built when 400 feet of the concourse was demolished in the 1970s. The wall is being rebuilt steel reinforcements. The complicated project is taking place in contained scaffolding in close proximity to an active rail line.
- Inside the building, crews are cleaning and polishing the red Verona marble throughout the Rotunda, concourse and north and south ramps with a mild detergent and ample amounts of elbow grease.
- As work continues on the installation of a new elevator servicing the lower level, holes are being cut in the concourse and mezzanine floors to complete the elevator shaft structure. In the Museum of Natural History & Science, a new elevator shaft has been completely installed and the elevator carriage itself is being installed this month.
- Art conservators are wrapping up work on the glass tile mosaics in the Rotunda and concourse. The mosaics, covering over 6,400 square feet, were cleaned and repaired, with missing tiles replaced and cracks in the painted stucco stabilized or patched.
Number to know: 2,400 – To recreate the seven-tiered scalloped cascades of the fountain, crews are using 2,400 cubic feet of high-density foam forms. The forms are computer-cut into the relief shape of the scallops and, once in place, concrete is poured into the forms to create the fountain’s unique features.
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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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