• Main Hall with Scaffolding Bridge in the Background
  • Main Hall as viewed from the Scaffold Bridge
  • The back of the Coffered Ceiling
Main Hall with Scaffolding Bridge in the Background
Main Hall as viewed from the Scaffold Bridge
The back of the Coffered Ceiling

Union Station Earthquake Repairs to Ceiling
Washington, DC

Client Jones Lang LaSalle Americas, Inc.
Owner Union Station Redevelopment Corporation
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Immediately following the August 2011 earthquake, McMullan conducted a rapid assessment of damage to the station. Cracks in the historic plaster coffered ceiling in the Main Hall and Concourse were found. Since that time, McMullan has worked with a team of architects, plaster artisans, and scaffolding contractors, to repair the ceiling. A means of accessing the main hall ceiling through the use of a movable scaffolding bridge was developed that allows the station to remain fully operational. McMullan devised a scheme to support the scaffolding using the existing main hall floor framing to avoid interference with the massive ductwork below the main hall. McMullan analyzed the existing support systems for the coffered ceilings and designed repairs where necessary. The plaster repairs are expected to be complete by the time of the Presidential Inauguration in 2013.

Union Station Main Hall Scaffolding video