Grand Central Terminal - Rehabilitation
Built and named for the New York Central Railroad in the heyday of American long-distance passenger rail travel, Grand Central Terminal is the largest train station in the world by number of platforms: 44, with 67 tracks along them. Spread between two levels, both below ground, 41 tracks are accessed via the upper level, and 26 can be accessed on the lower level. The terminal covers 48 acres. The Terminal serves commuters traveling on the Metro-North Railroad to Westchester, Putnam, and Dutchess counties in New York State, and New Haven and Fairfield counties in Connecticut.
As one of the busiest transportation hubs, this multi-level facility is dependent upon its elevators to transport materials, employees and customers between various levels. The majority of the elevators went into service over ninety years ago and has not seen significant rehabilitation since then. Other elevators were rehabilitated approximately fifteen years ago, but were heavily utilized during the terminal’s renovation project, and now require rehabilitation.
VDA provided vertical transportation consulting services for twenty-seven elevators (16 passenger and 11 freight), which required modification, rehabilitation or complete replacement. The project was completed in 2008.
VDA has also provided consulting services on other projects at Grand Central Terminal including the Vanderbilt Hall Renovation, which involved the modernization of ten (10) elevators.