Silver Line Dulles WMATA Metrorail progress/pictures

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Re: Silver Line Dulles WMATA Metrorail progress/pictures

Postby Sand Box John » Sat May 27, 2017 8:41 am

Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project progress update e-mail 03 22 2017

Saarinen's Purpose in Design

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Dulles Airport Station was designed to mimic the iconic Saarinen-designed main terminal at Dulles Airport which has been nominated for the National Register of Historic Places.
Photo courtesy of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.

Atop of the list of considerations designers of Metro's Silver Line extension through Dulles International Airport was the protecting the main terminal's façade, the result of one of architect Eero Saarinen's creative bursts.

Saarinen, the son of architect Eliel Saarinen, placed his mark on a number of familiar buildings despite living only to the age of 51. In fact, death came before many of his more well-known structures reached completion.

Eero (pronounced the same as arrow) Saarinen's first major project came after he outperformed his father in a competition to design the St. Louis Jefferson Memorial. His design resulted in the St. Louis Arch.

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Saarinen got his first big break when his arch design was chosen for the St. Louis Jefferson Memorial. Saarinen's father was among the entrants.
Photo courtesy of the Jefferson National Expansion Monument.

"Our architecture is too humble. It should be prouder, more aggressive, much richer and larger than we see today," Saarinen once said, according to The Architect Who Saw the Future, part of the PBS American Masters series. "I would like to do my part in expanding that richness."

The oval-shaped road that provides access to the airport and loops around the daily and hourly parking lots at Dulles Airport bears the architect's name: Saarinen Circle.

A brain tumor took Saarinen's life in 1961 at the age of 51, before many of his projects would reach completion, including the Dulles terminal.

"He already saw it in the model stage," recalled Eric Saarinen in the film he created about his father. "He was like a giant looking down."

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Eero Saarinen designed the main terminal at Dulles Airport.
Photo courtesy of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.

Saarinen believed architecture was an important part of the human endeavor, not just a way to provide space and shelter.

"Architecture also has the purpose of marking and enhancing man's time on Earth," Saarinen once said, adding that the character of those occupying building should become part of the design.

"I hope that some of my buildings will have lasting truths," he said. "I admit quite frankly I would like to have a place in architectural history."

Since 1978, the Dulles terminal has been eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.

When he designed Dulles, as well as the TWA Flight Center at JFK Airport in New York, he wanted to demonstrate a sense of traveling through the air. Dulles also credits Saarinen with developing the mobile lounge concept in which roving vehicles carried passengers between the main terminal and their gates.

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With his curved design for the TWA Flight Center at JFK Airport Saarinen aimed to create a sense of traveling through air. The facility now serves as a hotel at the airport.
Photo courtesy of MCR Development.

A few other projects Saarinen designed:

  • The TWA Flight Center at JFK Airport in New York was Saarinen's attempt to "conquer gravity," using a curved concrete design not used at the time.
  • Deere & Company's farming equipment showroom in Moline, IL.
  • Saarinen-designed chairs were used in magazine ad campaigns for Coca Cola, Southern Comfort and others.
  • CBS Building in New York City.
  • Saarinen-designed pedestal furniture became popular in the '50s, with features such as one-legged chairs.
  • Built Miller House as a private project.
  • Kresge Auditorium on MIT's campus in Cambridge, MA.
  • Mores and Stiles College at Yale University New Haven, CT.
  • North Christian Church in Columbus, IN.</li>
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The Dulles Airport Station design mimics Saarinen's design for the main terminal.

The Dulles terminal is also the reason a different design was chosen for the Silver Line's Dulles Airport Station than for the other Phase 2 stations. The design resembles the shape of the terminal.

Pedestrian Bridge Work Coming Soon to Innovation

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A pedestrian bridge segment ready to be set.
Photo courtesy of Capital Rail Constructors</

Steel for roof at Loudoun Gateway going up in June

Some of the most challenging and exciting parts of construction of the Silver Line Phase 2 will begin in late May or early June.

That's when construction of the pedestrian bridges that will provide access to the stations along the 11-mile alignment from Reston to Ashburn will begin, according to John Kearney, the project's construction manager for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.

The first segments of those bridges will be put into place at Innovation Station, which sits in the median of the Dulles International Airport Access Highway east of Route 28, near the old Center for Innovative Technology building, the upside down pyramid-shaped structure on the north side of the Dulles Toll Road corridor.

Specific dates will be announced later this month.

Cranes will be used for the installation, according to the contractor Capital Rail Constructors.

Installing these bridges will cause significant lane closures. Public notices will be issued on a weekly and daily basis before and during this work.

A schedule for installations at other stations is not yet available.

Also planned for the coming weeks:

  • Continuing steel erection of the Reston Station roof.
  • Beginning of erection of roof steel at Loudoun Gateway Station Setting precast concrete sections of eastern end of Dulles Station.
  • Ongoing construction inside the pedestrian tunnel for those going to or from the main terminal at Dulles to Parking Garage 1.
  • Road repairs and paving at the Herndon Park and Ride lot near an entrance to the station.
Rail Yard Happenings

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Work is plugging along at the Rail and Maintenance Yard at Dulles Airport which will employ about 300 people.
Photo courtesy of Hensel Phelps Construction.

At the 90-acre rail yard being built on Dulles Airport property off Route 606, lots of work is taking place, according to Dave Bonnallie, construction manager of the yard.

Rail special track installations are taking place along with, site grading, seeding, road construction, and installation of lighting and other systems.

Structural steel is going up for maintenance facilities and other structures, along with roofing and interior finishing and mechanical installations.

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Link to PDF version at Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project web site.
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Re: Silver Line Dulles WMATA Metrorail progress/pictures

Postby JackRussell » Wed Jun 21, 2017 11:08 am

The MWAA board met this morning, and there was a status update. Powerpoint slides here:

http://www.mwaa.com/sites/default/files ... 0_2017.pdf

The last time I was out the Greenway, it looks like they had finished setting all of the large concrete girders.

I was at the airport a few weeks ago - at the time there were still a few precast girders that remained to be installed on one end, but it seemed like they were close to being able to hoist the last ones.
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Re: Silver Line Dulles WMATA Metrorail progress/pictures

Postby YOLO » Fri Jun 23, 2017 11:24 pm

WaPo recently reported that phase 1 is still not finished. What's still outstanding?
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Re: Silver Line Dulles WMATA Metrorail progress/pictures

Postby farecard » Fri Jun 23, 2017 11:58 pm

I was killing time at Wiehle–Reston East today, having arrived an hour early somehow. There was a nice breeze and shade at trackside so I sat there reading....

until the evac alarm and strobes went off. I took the nearest emergency exit which it turned out was a dead end assembly area between the tracks. I reversed course and walked all the way west to the stairs and exited.

While sitting at the Reston arts area northside, a ladder company & a engine company arrived and tromped in. About 10 minutes later the alarm silenced & the two crews walked back. Never did learn what was the cause.

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Re: Silver Line Dulles WMATA Metrorail progress/pictures

Postby JackRussell » Sat Jun 24, 2017 5:21 pm

YOLO wrote:WaPo recently reported that phase 1 is still not finished. What's still outstanding?


There was a 2nd powerpoint that covered this:

http://www.mwaa.com/sites/default/files ... phae_1.pdf

Mainly correcting defects of one sort or another, but it sounds like MWAA and Bechtel don't agree about what needs to be fixed.
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Re: Silver Line Dulles WMATA Metrorail progress/pictures

Postby JackRussell » Fri Jul 14, 2017 11:36 am

Pictures from within the airport station. The escalator is at least partially installed.

https://twitter.com/loriara/status/885528111043014662

I don't know what the deal is with the blue coloring on the exterior photo. I don't know whether these are her photos, or whether the photos were supplied by the contractor. I am guessing that these are her photos (the "vistor" hardhat).

I was out there last weekend, and it *looked* like the heavy lifting of girders was done.
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Re: Silver Line Dulles WMATA Metrorail progress/pictures

Postby Jeff Smith » Mon Jul 17, 2017 10:57 am

Are they still looking at a 2019 opening? Early/Late year?
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Re: Silver Line Dulles WMATA Metrorail progress/pictures

Postby JackRussell » Mon Jul 17, 2017 12:20 pm

Jeff Smith wrote:Are they still looking at a 2019 opening? Early/Late year?


The last I saw, they were still saying "late 2019". Whatever that means. It might spill over into early 2020 for all I know.
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Re: Silver Line Dulles WMATA Metrorail progress/pictures

Postby mackievlzpro » Mon Jul 31, 2017 6:31 am

Also, the Washington Post had this article about the Silver Line still struggling to attract riders:
Washington Post Article
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Re: Silver Line Dulles WMATA Metrorail progress/pictures

Postby JackRussell » Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:51 am

Adam Tuss had a report this morning - phase 2 is now 60% complete. There is a short video on twitter (that I can't seem to easily embed):

https://twitter.com/AdamTuss/status/907945508978774016

One thing that stands out - they have begun construction of the canopy over the platform.
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Re: Silver Line Dulles WMATA Metrorail progress/pictures

Postby gokeefe » Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:29 pm

mackievlzpro wrote:Also, the Washington Post had this article about the Silver Line still struggling to attract riders:
Washington Post Article


This is bordering on a non-story. Had the headline been "fails to attract development" it would have been demonstrably false as the author acknowledges extraordinary development in progress in suburban Reston.

The story could just as easily have been headlined "Silver Line triggers a tsunami of development in Northern Virginia" and then dismissed the low ridership figures as "early struggles".

I'm surprised by the lack of sophistication in handling this particular topic by the Washington Post.
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Re: Silver Line Dulles WMATA Metrorail progress/pictures

Postby JackRussell » Sun Sep 24, 2017 8:14 pm

A couple of tidbits.

The ballast tamping machine is up to the Innovation station.

The canopy over the airport station is about half done. The tower crane is still present there, but they must be running out of things for it to do.
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Re: Silver Line Dulles WMATA Metrorail progress/pictures

Postby RobertMCS » Sun Oct 01, 2017 6:22 pm

Hello!
I just recently made an account on this site, and I have been following the silver line construction ever since Phase 2 started. So i thought I would share some observations I have been seeing:
• The pedestrian bridge segments have arrived at Ashburn Station and are on the south side
• The long segments of rail have also arrived between Ashburn Station and Loudoun County Parkway.
• The south side pavilion of the Loudoun Gateway Station recently began.

I hope this helps!
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Re: Silver Line Dulles WMATA Metrorail progress/pictures

Postby JDC » Wed Oct 11, 2017 12:21 pm

RobertMCS wrote:Hello!
I just recently made an account on this site, and I have been following the silver line construction ever since Phase 2 started. So i thought I would share some observations I have been seeing:
• The pedestrian bridge segments have arrived at Ashburn Station and are on the south side
• The long segments of rail have also arrived between Ashburn Station and Loudoun County Parkway.
• The south side pavilion of the Loudoun Gateway Station recently began.

I hope this helps!
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