Illustration: Courtesy Perkins + Will
New $50 Million Damen Green Line Station Slated to Open In 2020, City Says: Here’s What It Will Look Like.
The design is by Perkins + Will, a global architecture and design firm which has done other transit station projects. The visible structure of the pedestrian bridge, with green support beams forming triangles, will reference other Chicago steel bridges, according to the city. The station design also will have a staircase and escalator visible through the station’s glass walls. The firm also designed the Ryan Fieldhouse and Walter Athletics Center for Northwestern University, which is nearing completion this summer, a university representative said.
The modern-looking new station includes a glass pedestrian bridge and larger train platforms, aimed at accommodating big crowds visiting the United Center. State funds and Kinzie Industrial Corridor tax increment financing (TIF) dollars will pay for the new station, Emanuel said.
The project is estimated to cost $50 million, but Chicago Department of Transportation officials won’t know the exact cost until the project is bid out, said CTA spokesman Brian Steele.
In a statement, Ald. Walter Burnett Jr. (27th) said the new Damen station will give Near West Side residents more transportation options.
“This new station will give residents more transportation options and will open up more employment opportunities, making it easier for them to get to schools and improve their overall quality of life,” Burnett said. “I am very pleased with the new design that will create a station our residents can be proud and of allow for future growth in our community.”
Check out more renderings of the planned station:
Illustrations: Courtesy Perkins + Will