Broad Street Station Restoration

Newark, NJ

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Newark’s Broad Street Station is both historic and functional, serving as a major transfer facility for over 27,000 New Jersey commuters per day.

The century-old facility lacked a state-of-the-art communications center that could facilitate electronic linking to New Jersey Transit’s main control center. Display boards and the public announcement system were out of date. The station was not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Also, one of the station’s tracks required a new platform to put it into service.

Conti demolished a nearby brick shelter so that the old bricks could be used for the new construction. We replaced turn-of-the-century terrazzo flooring, a plaster ceiling, and marble trim to resemble the look and feel of the station when it had first opened in 1903. Conti also built a communication center that houses all hardware required for the operation of computerized communication devices, and additionally, electronically linking up the Broad Street communication center with NJ Transit’s main control center.

Inside the station, Conti rebuilt nine administrative offices; installed new HVAC, emergency generator, CCTV and boiler heating systems; demolished and rebuilt 20-foot ceilings and plaster walls, painted, upgraded plumbing and associated pipes, and installed all communication lines through the building for high-speed internet. Conti also installed two new hydraulic elevators in and outside the newly renovated building.

The New Jersey Office of Historical Preservation recognized the Broad Street building as an excellently constructed facility at project completion.

Project details

Client New Jersey Transit
Value $54M
Status Project Completed
Key features

  • Construction/restoration of historic train station
  • Upgrade of plumbing, electrical, mechanical systems
  • Rebuilding of 9 admin offices
  • Building of communications center
  • Extension of original bridge abutments
  • Installation of hydraulic elevators
  • Construction of canopies, passenger/bus shelters, stair and elevator enclosures, elevators, stair structures
  • Driving of 30-foot H-piles in silty embankment soils

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