Muller & Muller, Ltd. (M2) is providing architectural design services for the renovation Metra’s Homewood Station to improve circulation and provide dependable ADA access to the platforms and headhouse.
Currently served by Metra, Amtrak, and Pace, the station consists of a depot and parking lot on one side of the railroad and a bus terminal and parking lot on the other side linked by an underground tunnel. M2 is designing a new ramp covered structure to replace the existing elevator connection to the tunnel. A new entry plaza will be situated to present the station to the focal downtown main street and shuffle the bus circulation for improved flow and queuing.
The existing tunnel will be waterproofed to repair and redirect seepage while improving aesthetics with a rainscreen cladding to allow future maintenance. Additional improvements include recladding of all platform shelters, windbreaks, and headhouse. Site access improvements will improve the station to be fully ADA-compliant.
Metra / Homewood StationMuller & Muller, Ltd. (M2) is providing architectural design services for the renovation Metra’s Homewood Station to improve circulation and provide dependable ADA access to the platforms and headhouse. Currently served by Metra, Amtrak, and Pace, the station consists of a depot and parking lot on one side of the railroad and a bus terminal and parking lot on the other side linked by an underground tunnel. M2 is designing a new ramp covered structure to replace the existing elevator connection to the tunnel. A new entry plaza will be situated to present the station to the focal downtown main street and shuffle the bus circulation for improved flow and queuing. The existing tunnel will be waterproofed to repair and…
Metra / 147th Street/Sibley Boulevard StationM2 is providing architectural design services for the Metra 147th Street/Sibley Boulevard Station on the Metra Electric District Line. The scope for this project includes renovating and enlarging the station entrance, the design of a new platform, along with new lighting and sound system, and at platform level, the design of a new heated warming house. This project also includes the design of a temporary access route for customers.
147th Street/Sibley Boulevard Station
“We hope this becomes a focal point for the community…” -Sangamon County Board Chairman, Andy Van Meter
Sangamon County / Springfield Sangamon County Transportation CenterMuller & Muller, Ltd. (M2) is providing Master Planning and Architectural Design services for Sangamon County’s new 225,000 square foot Transportation Center. The project will be constructed in phases in coordination with Springfield’s ongoing 10th Street Rail Consolidation Project. Major components of the plan include: a new Amtrak Station with two boarding platforms, grade-separated pedestrian crossings, a multi-level parking garage, an expanded and improved bus transfer station, and an enclosed County Square connecting all major elements.
Springfield Sangamon County Transportation Center
Greater Peoria Mass Transit District / Bus Maintenance Facility & Operations CenterM2 is currently providing Master Planning and Architectural design services for GPMTD/CityLink's Maintenance and Operations Center. The project will be constructed in phases, to allow for continuous operations. Major components include a new body and paint shop, with body bay, paint booth bay, mix booth, and body parts storage. A new bus maintenance facility with a 10-bay pull-though tandem arrangement including vehicle lifts and crane bay. Support areas that include a new loading dock, parts room, foreman’s office, locker rooms and break areas. A new operations and training center that include a board room, training room, bus simulator training room, operators day room, and offices. Expanded bus storage, renovated administration space, and new visitor and employee parking is also included.
Bus Maintenance Facility & Operations Center
Village of Cary / Metra Cary StationMuller & Muller, Ltd. (M2) provided architectural design services for a new Metra station for the Village of Cary along the Metra UP line. The scope included the design and construction of two structures. The primary structure, an enclosed station depot with heated and cooled waiting areas, houses the Ticket Agent office. The secondary structure is an open warming shelter further North along the platform. A narrow site presented a challenge of providing a pleasant space that is narrow enough to fit between two constraints: the IDOT Right of Way (on the highway side) and platform clearances (on the track side). It had to feel comfortable yet be practical to meet the needs of the users and the client.
Metra Cary Station
Metra / 47th Street Yard Maintenance + Training FacilityM2 is providing architectural design services to Metra for expansion of their facilities at the 47th Street Yard. M2 is designing a new 34,000sf two-story employee training facility with a high-bay space for hands-on training for servicing of passenger coaches. The facility will include state-of-the-art instructional spaces and training aide components inserted into an attractive modern building design maximizing daylight and using durable, longlasting materials. M2 is also providing architectural design for a 3,800sf addition to the existing Diesel Locomotive Repair Shop. M2 provided Metra with a solution to increase capacity at their Diesel Locomotive Repair Shop by designing a new enclosed loading dock addition over two tracks where equipment and engines could be hoisted and transferred for maintenance.
47th Street Yard Maintenance + Training Facility
Chicago Transit Authority / Grand, Chicago + Division Blue Line Station RenovationsM2 is providing full design-build services with F.H. Paschen for the Grand, Chicago and Division subway station renovation project. These three stations are part of the larger Your New Blue initiative and incorporates improvements at street level, station mezzanine and platform levels. In addition to providing new finishes, lighting and entry canopies at street level, important electrical upgrades and water mitigation efforts are also part of this effort to create a much improved passenger experience.
Grand, Chicago + Division Blue Line Station Renovations
Chicago Transit Authority / Red Purple ModernizationM2 is serving on the Owner’s Representative Team for the Chicago Transit Authority’s massive $1.8B Red Purple Line Modernization Project, as a sub-consultant to T.Y. Lin International. This is one of the largest Design-Build Projects in the nation. M2 led the production of bridging documents for the passenger station portion of the project, which includes the complete replacement of four existing stations. This included the development of station plans, specifications design guidelines, and fix design criteria. M2’s services will continue on during the final design and construction phases as Owner’s Representative for the stations component.
Red Purple Modernization
Chicago Department of Transportation / Union Station Transit CenterMuller2 provided full architectural services as prime consultant for Phases I and II of the new Union Station Transit Center (USTC). The project revamps an existing ground level parking lot immediately south of Union Station into a dynamic modern transit center serving patrons of CTA, Amtrak, and Metra. Further, the USTC will simultaneously launch Bus Rapid Transit in the south loop as its new hub. The USTC includes three off-street dedicated bus lanes and a fully accessible underground pedway extension, connecting directly to Metra and Amtrak trains. The project will provide easier more direct connections: consolidation of numerous curb-side bus stops into a centralized transit facility; more efficient bus traffic flow; and decreased travel times.
Union Station Transit Center
Chicago Department of Transportation / Streets for Cycling Plan 2020Muller2 worked as a consultant to Sam Schwartz Engineering (SSE) for the CDOT Streets for Cycling Plan 2020. The Plan identifies a 600-mile citywide bike network of existing and proposed bike routes that can be improved or constructed by 2020. M+M worked with SSE and Alta Planning to assemble a Facility Design Guide that will be used as a basis for selecting the appropriate bike route facilities and treatments to be used to implement the plan throughout the City. M2 worked with SSE and CDOT to develop impressionistic renderings of the bike route classifications as they may appear on Chicago’s streets and produced a series of presentation boards to be used for Public Outreach and Information.
Streets for Cycling Plan 2020
Millennium Park Bike Station
Chicago Department of Transportation / Millennium Park Bike StationMuller2 designed this commuter station to provide amenities to bicyclists in downtown Chicago. It includes storage for 300 bikes, shower and locker facilities, bike repair, rest rooms, and headquarters for the Chicago Lake Front Police. Entry is through a dramatic glass atrium leading to the mostly below grade facility. The atrium employs unique energy efficient design elements as prominent architectural features. The walls are shaded by climbing plants which allow for views out while changing the interior lighting with the seasons. Translucent photovoltaic arrays are visible through the glass ceiling, casting dappled patterns of light into the space.
Millennium Park Bike Station
Museum Campus 11th Street Station
Metra / Museum Campus StationThe new Museum Campus Metra station is incorporated into the new 11th Street pedestrian bridge as part of a comprehensive redevelopment of south grant Park. Muller2 provided planning and full architectural design services for the new station and the new pedestrian access to the museum campus at 12th street. The massive project included a complete new station connecting the city and museum campus via a new bridge and underpass. The station work included stairs, elevator towers, new platforms and associated catenary work and was constructed without disruption to train schedules. Through careful planning this project has connected the city and a major transit resource with its popular lake front tourist destinations.
Museum Campus Station
Brown Line Reconstruction Kimball to Western
Chicago Transit Authority / Brown Line Reconstruction Kimball to WesternMuller2 was one of four firms selected for the major reconstruction of the Chicago Transit Authority’s Brown Line. The goal of the project was to modernize, and lengthen platforms to accommodate eight car trains, as well as provide universal access to all citizens, including handicapped individuals. M2 provided architectural design and construction administration services for five stations. Our work included the renovation of the Kimball (Terminus) Station, construction of new at grade stations at Kedzie and Rockwell, historic restoration of the Francisco Street station and renovations to the Western Avenue elevated platforms.
Brown Line Reconstruction Kimball to Western
Metra / Manhattan StationMuller2 provided architectural design and construction administration services to the Village of Manhattan for a new Metra train station, part of Metra’s Southwest Service Corridor expansion. The new shelter provides an enclosed and covered waiting area, which can also be used as a meeting space by the village. Exposed wood trim and copper gutters highlight the areas architectural vernacular.
Pace Suburban Bus / Pace HeadquartersMuller2 provided full architectural services for the Pace headquarters building, including programming, site planning, architectural and interior design and construction administration. The building consolidates administrative functions for a major public transit agency into environmentally responsible space that provides staff with a pleasant, efficient work environment. Design began with detailed work flow studies and documentation of departmental relationships. A basic workstation module was developed which helped determine the most efficient floor plan and structural layout. In this way the building was designed from the inside out resulting in a workplace with logical integration of multiple uses both public and private. These uses include training rooms, public board room, staff lounge, large information systems server, and staff workstations among others.
Metra / Healy StationMuller2 is providing architectural design services for the renovation of the Metra Healy Station. The scope includes full ADA upgrades including the complete replacement of the outbound shelter with a new accessible ramp, replacement of the inbound warming shelter and roof system over the existing ramp, and all new platforms and signage. The facility will be fully accessible and provide safe passenger access to both sides of the railroad right-of-way by eliminating the cross-track pedestrian crossing.
Metra / Belmont StationMuller2 provided architectural design services for new ramps and stairways associated with the Belmont Road grade separation project along the Metra BNSF line. Scope included the design of ramps, stairways, enclosures, and platform railings. The enclosures provide shelter from the elements while adding a visual presence of the station along the tracks. This project eliminated the at-grade crossing of the BNSF tracks at Belmont Road by constructing an underpass for motor vehicles. Belmont Road now consists of two lanes of traffic in either direction, with a tunnel for pedestrians connecting the two platforms. Additionally, this project increased safety by eliminating the risk of a collision between trains and motorists, pedestrians or bicyclists.
Your New Blue Reconstruction
Chicago Transit Authority / Your New Blue ReconstructionMuller2 is providing full design-build services for the reconstruction of the Addison, Irving Park, Montrose, Harlem, and Cumberland Stations on the CTA’s Blue Line. The scope of work includes platform reconstruction, curtain wall restoration, canopy restoration, upgraded passenger amenities, and extensive lighting upgrades. Further, the scope of work includes extensive reconfiguration of the Addison station, including the addition of new elevator and platform extension. The project is multi-phased to minimize impacts to CTA’s passenger and railroad operations.
Your New Blue Reconstruction
“A walk through time.”
Chicago Department of Transportation / Near South Transfer TunnelThe Transfer Tunnel provides an easy to use connection between a below grade subway station and an elevated station 1/2 block apart. The tunnel maneuvers two levels, weaving between building foundations, elevated track piers, and underground utilities, connecting the two stations at narrow access points. The interior is designed to make the journey between platforms logical and entertaining, withstand harsh use and provide for easy maintenance. Its funnel shaped plan dramatically opens up the space exposing views of all three modes of vertical travel at the east end. The architecture creates visual links to nearby museums by the use of wall graphics, a large public art piece, and a highly sculptural ceiling.
Near South Transfer Tunnel
North Ave. Bridge
Chicago Department of Transportation / North Avenue BridgeMuller2 provided conceptual and detail design, through construction administration for this new Chicago River crossing. In keeping with the City of Chicago’s desire for distinctive well designed bridges M+M collaborated closely with the engineering team to design a bridge uniquely suited to its site. The iconic bridge instantly became a new landmark on the Chicago River. Its structure, composed of a composite cable stay / suspension system, is the only one of its type in the city. The North Avenue bridge replaces an obsolete two lane structure at the same site. The busy crossing provides four lanes of traffic between two rapidly growing neighborhoods and creates a link from west to east with improved traffic flow.
North Avenue Bridge
Halsted Street Bridge
Chicago Department of Transportation / Halsted Street BridgeMuller2 worked in collaboration with H.W. Lochner, Inc. Structural Engineers to replace the 1908 Halsted Street Bridge over the Chicago Canal with a modern tied arch bridge. The design of the project allowed for future development of a river walk, with prefabricated Conspan tunnel units designed to be placed on top of the original bridge pits. The Halsted Street Bridge is the first of a three stage bridge replacement sequence in the area of which M2 is providing bridge design services.
Halsted Street Bridge
Blue Line Subway (Jackson/Van Buren)
Chicago Department of Transportation / Jackson/Van Buren Blue Line SubwayMuller2 provided partial architectural design services for the renovation of the mezzanine station and platform along Chicago’s Dearborn Street Subway from Jackson to Van Buren street. The design of the platform includes new floor and ceiling surfaces and a light tray on each side of the platform housing lighting, speakers, and conduit runs. This station serves as a prototype for future blue line subway station renovations in the downtown area. Project work also includes new escalators and stairway finishes, concession areas, kiosks and stairs to street level.
Jackson/Van Buren Blue Line Subway
Chicago Transit Authority / Blue Line VisioningMuller & Muller, Ltd. (M2) provided feasibility studies and concept design services for the reconstruction of the Oak Park, Pulaski, Cicero and Western Stations located along the Forest Park Branch of the CTA’s Blue Line. Features of the new stations include signature pedestrian canopies, bike parking, designated bus waiting areas, full platform enclosures, and improved station access from the neighboring communities. The design team investigated station planning from the aspect of users with disabilities as well as cyclists. Vehicle routes and lane configurations of adjacent vehicular thoroughfares were studied in order to propose modifications that would allow for the integration of bike lanes as well as accessible, at grade crosswalks located directly across from the station entrances at CTA bus…
Blue Line Visioning
Morgan St. Elevated Station
Chicago Department of Transportation / Morgan Street Elevated Station CAMuller2 provided architectural services for the construction phase of the new Morgan Street Green and Pink Line Station located along a mile and a half stretch of elevated track above Lake Street. The new station serves the rapidly growing commercial and residential districts between Clinton Street and Ashland Avenue. The facility is fully accessible to the handicapped, featuring elevators, enclosed stairways, and a weather protected bridge for transferring from one platform to another. High quality finishes such as granite and stainless steel are used throughout, along with energy-efficient light fixtures and translucent weather protecting canopies on each platform. Platforms also feature state of the art security monitoring and communication systems and heated shelters.
Morgan Street Elevated Station CA