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.
What to expect when visiting Union Terminal
Construction is now 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.
Restrooms will be available in the Duke Energy Children’s Museum and outside the entrance of the Special Exhibit Gallery.
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 Woods exhibit area of the Duke Energy Children’s Museum will temporarily close on August 14 to accommodate mechanical and electrical upgrades. The previous theatrical ceiling of the Woods area will be removed for the installation of new ductwork and electrical conduit. This necessitates portions of the exhibit to be removed and rebuilt when the work is completed. The Woods exhibit will reopen in late November 2017.
- Union Terminal’s iconic clock is undergoing repairs. The red hands have been removed for repair and rebalancing. The glass panels on the clock face are being reglazed. The Verdin Company, a Cincinnati-based company with a 175-year history, will remove the gears and counterweights that operate the clock for repairs at their facility.
- Crews will begin cleaning the Rotunda’s yellow, orange and silver plaster this month.
- With significant portions of the fountain and plaza removed, crews are waterproofing the roof deck to prevent future water penetration into the Duke Energy Children’s Museum and Dalton Street tunnel below.
- After several months, the rebuild of Union Terminal’s drum wall is nearly complete. The drum wall, which sits just below the curved half dome on the rear of the building, is being reinforced with concrete blocks replacing the original cracking terracotta tile. Those concrete blocks are reinforced by steel rods running vertically and horizontally through them. Those steel rods are tied into steel plates welded onto the structural steel. Original exterior brick is being reapplied to complete the drum wall.
Number to know: 18 – The clock on the face of Union Terminal measures 18 feet in diameter, with an hour hand 6 feet 4 inches long and a minute hand measuring 7 feet 4 inches.
Experiences and areas closed for the duration of restoration:
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
What has been done so far?
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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