After more than a year of planning, intensive design work and thorough probing and analysis by preservation architects, the real construction work on Union Terminal is underway. The restoration of Union Terminal requires a keen understanding of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and history as modern construction and engineering techniques blend with early 20th century materials and design to save iconic Union Terminal.
Construction is fully underway! Aspects of your general visit will be different as the work continues and we make sure your visit is still fun and safe.
The front entrance drop off zone has been reconfigured due to scaffolding on the exterior of the building. The new drop off and pick up zone is at the bottom of the fountain. This area is not be covered.
The parking lot on the north side of the building will be available for guest parking. There will be new handicapped spots in this lot.
The temporary lobby construction is complete. You will be able to see the Rotunda for a period of time but must stay on the carpeted area in the front of the Rotunda. You will continue to purchase your tickets at our Box Office in the same location.
New restrooms are available in the Duke Energy Children’s Museum lobby and inside the Children's Museum.
Both the escalators and large elevator that lead down to the Duke Energy Children’s Museum and Special Exhibit Gallery will continue to be available for guests.
We will have wheelchairs and strollers available for rent.
There will be food service available on the lower level with limited grab-and-go options.
Public safety and first aid will continue to be available on main level. This will continue to serve as our lost and found as well.
- The final steps of the historic fountain rebuild continue. After the application of a two-layer polyurea waterproofing system, a base coat infused with sand has been added in preparation of the final terrazzo application. The gritty base coat allows the rustic terrazzo finish to adhere to the fountain.
- Inside the fountain, crews continue to hook up electrical and plumbing connections in the fountain’s pump room. Once fully operational, the pump system will cycle 2.4 million gallons of water through the fountain every day when in use.
- Historic light fixtures are being reinstalled throughout the building, including the candlestick lighting in the Rotunda and the red and green traffic lighting in the ramps of the Museum of Natural History & Science and Cincinnati History Museum. For six months, nearly 700 light fixtures have been cleaned, repaired or reproduced from original drawings. Each light fixture has also been outfitted with more efficient LED lighting.
- The last of 22 new air handling units fed by three new glycol chillers are coming online this month, part of a massive mechanical system upgrade to replace aging, inefficient systems.
- In the ongoing rebuild of Union Terminal’s west wall, new steel is being installed to replace supplemental steel added in the 1970s when the wall was built following the demolition of the original concourse. As the new steel is installed, a concrete block backup wall is also being built before brick masonry is applied in the coming months.
Number to know: 44,000 – The historic fountain and its pump system holds a total of 44,000 gallons of water, or enough to fill more than 273 plastic blue kiddie pools. Those 44,000 gallons are cycled through the system at a rate of 2.4 million gallons per day.
The Museum of Natural History and Science
The Cincinnati History Museum
The OMNIMAX® Theater
Cincinnati History Library and Archives
Store to Explore Gift Shop
Collector's Gallery Gift Shops
Take a 3D tour of Union Terminal’s interior
As teams finalize plans for the restoration of 83-year-old Union Terminal, they’re getting an assist from new technology. A recently completed laser scan of the building produced a 3D model that will be an essential asset for architects and designers as they begin the restoration. Watch this video for a 3D flythrough of Union Terminal and click on the links below to take an interactive look inside the walls of Union Terminal.
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