Durham Multimodal Center and West Village Revitalization / Durham, NC

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The Details

Three projects were designed as part of Durham’s downtown revitalization process that hinged on transportation and its associated development as an urban core: The Durham Downtown Transportation Center, The Amtrak train station and the West Village Revitalization. While these projects were completed separately, they were done simultaneously to create a multimodal center for downtown Durham.

The Durham Station Transportation Center is a two-story, 10,300-square-foot facility. The station includes 20 canopied bus bays, ample parking, drop-off areas and bicycle racks all organized around a transparent, day-lit passenger terminal. There are also provisions for a future bridge connection to the nearby Amtrak Station.

The West Village Revitalization converted one eight-story, steel frame structure and five other two- to four-story wood, steel, and masonry buildings at the original Liggett-Myers Tobacco complex into re-use as commercial, office and residential space convenient to the transportation hub of downtown Durham. This project also included a 450-space parking deck.

In addition, the Liggett-Myers Tobacco Complex Renovation included the 10,000-square-foot Amtrak train station. The historic structure was converted to a train station while minimizing the impact to the original wood and brick so that it would maintain its historic integrity. Stewart served as structural engineer for all of the projects, which included complex systems for the new construction and careful structure modification of historic buildings.



Durham Area Transportation Authority (Durham Station), NC Railroad/Amtrak (Amtrak Station), Blue Devil Ventures (West Village)


The Freelon Group (Durham Station) and J. Davis Architects (Amtrak Station and West Village)

Start Date

2005 (Durham Station), 2008 (Amtrak Station), 2006 (West Village)

Completion Date

2009 (all projects)

Construction Cost

$10 Million (Durham Station), $2.4 Million (Amtrak Station), $70 Million (West Village)


Nick D'Amato

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