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An Unusual View of Denver Union Station's Progress


RTD FasTracks and the Denver Union Station project team and contractors are moving full steam ahead in getting this multi-modal transportation hub complete by May 2014.



FasTracks Public Information Specialist Tara Miller got an unusual view recently to get an update on the project's progress. The following is an account of what ended up being quite an adventure.

To track the progress, the team goes on-site on a regular basis to get photos of construction. See what's new at Union Station here.

On Wednesday, July 24, I had the pleasure of going up 300 feet on the Holland Partners crane (it is helping to build a 21-story luxury apartment complex) with Union Station Project Manager Jerry Nery and Mechanical Engineer Katrina Rodriguez.

Our goal, besides making it to the top safely, was to take photos of the commuter rail train hall canopy fabric, which was completely installed earlier in July.
Train Hall Canopy before and after fabric installation
Before and after shots of the train hall canopy

After signing the liability waiver in the construction trailer, we walked through the maze of construction to the base of the crane.

"Do we need to strap in?" I asked the foreman on-site. "Oh no. You all just get to climbing and remember your three points of contact on the ladder at all times," he said as he wished us luck.

The ladders you climb are just like your standard home ladder. You go up about three ladder lengths then you get to a platform, walk around to the other side and do it all over again until you reach the top.

The safety mechanisms? A cage like structure surrounding the ladders. That's all.

Once we reached the top and caught our breath a bit, the crane operator greeted us with open arms as we all "ooh'd and ahh'd" at the incredible scenery.

We were able to see the Union Station project from a perspective only a few people get to enjoy. It was breathtaking and made us all really proud to be working on this particular project.
 
The commuter rail, which includes the rail line to DIA, is scheduled to open in 2016.

The Union Station bus complex grand opening will be May 9, 2014 with all bus services moving from Market Street Station to Union Station starting on May 11.

Market Street Station will be permanently closed after the opening of Union Station.
 
To request a presentation about the redevelopment of Denver Union Station or outside-the-fence tour of Union Station, contact tara.miller@rtd-denver.com or call 303-299-2641.

Tara Miller climbs a crane to take photos of Denver Union Station from 300 feet above the site. July 24, 2013
FasTracks Public Information Specialist Tara Miller climbs a crane to take photos of Denver Union Station from 300 feet above the site. July 24, 2013
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