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Skanska Completes Transformation of the James A. Farley Building into New York City’s New Moynihan Train Hall

NEW YORK, NY — Construction and development firm Skanska announces that it has completed the significant transformation of the James A. Farley Post Office Building into the new 225,000-square-foot, 21st century Moynihan Train Hall for Empire State Development. The mixed-use Moynihan Train Hall increases total concourse floor space in the station complex by more than 50 percent.

Commuters now have improved access to nine platforms and 17 tracks, as well as a direct connection to the Eighth Avenue Subway, and for the first time ever, a new entrance to the station complex on Ninth Avenue. The centerpiece of the building is a new 92-foot-high glass canopy roof and skylight. The train hall also offers 700,000 square feet of new commercial, retail, and dining space.

This redevelopment represents the first step in New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s vision for the Empire Station Complex. It restores the architectural dignity of the iconic Farley Building that dates to 1912 and represents Skanska’s second largest project following New York’s LaGuardia Airport.

“The new Moynihan Station is a symbol of the region’s bright future and general optimism, and we are honored to contribute to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s goal of providing the city with the world-class transportation systems it deserves,” said John Sullivan, Senior Vice President of Operations for Skanska USA Civil. “We thank the hundreds of craft workers that safely and diligently accomplished this project on time and on budget — even in the midst of a global pandemic."

The restoration of the Farley Building to create the new Moynihan Train Hall included:

  • The renovation of 1.4 million square feet of transit, retail, and commercial office space, which included the restoration of the building’s original façade.
  • The construction of a 92-foot-high skylight that spans about an acre above the former post office’s steel trusses and new concourse level.
  • A major demolition of all existing structural and architectural elements, asbestos, and lead abatement, as well as a structural steel reinforcement and rehabilitation package of the building’s mechanical and electrical systems.
  • Other improvements included upgraded lighting and wayfinding and digital screens to convey information and create a modern passenger experience.

The project created more than 5,000 construction jobs and is estimated to generate an additional 11,000 indirect jobs. In accordance with Governor Cuomo’s goals, Skanska prioritized the use of union labor and subcontracted work to Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises.

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