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Newark Regional Transportation Center. Newark, Delaware.

A new train station for SEPTA reflects the high-tech campus in which it’s located. Technology is incorporated into the building’s design as an example of sustainability and energy efficiency.

Located within the University of Delaware's Science, Technology and Advanced Research Campus, a new landmark train station is being designed.  Extensive site design reflects the urbanism of the mixed-use development.  The site design accommodates over 450 cars and bicycle storage. It will include a ticket building, platform with passenger amenities, and pedestrian bridge that spans the tracks. The hallmark of the design is the extensive use of sustainable and environmental design features, such as rain gardens on the platforms, photovoltaic arrays, and vegetative roofs.

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Transit

WRA is designing a new high-level platform along Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor to serve Amtrak trains and SEPTA regional rail. The station will also interface with DART and Unicity fixed-route bus services.

Civil/Land Development

Civil/site design includes a new access road from South College Avenue that will form part of the STAR Campus street grid. A new 450-space parking lot incorporates transit access, kiss-and-ride, and electric vehicle charging stations. Major utility relocations are also included.

Architecture

The station building is inspired by the adjacent technology-centered campus and the former Frank Furness-designed station, directly across the tracks. The design features overhanging brackets and brick to recall the historic station and photovoltaic arrays and vegetative roofs for sustainability.

Structural

WRA is responsible for structural design of the entire project, consisting of a station building, stair/elevator towers, 300-foot pedestrian bridge, and 850-foot wide train platform.

Mapping/GIS/Surveying

Provided topographic surveys based on aerial LiDAR mapping combined and merged with traditional field gathered survey data. Performed surveys to established existing right of way and property lines. Wire heights and top of rail elevations were extracted from the LiDAR data.