On March 11, 2023 the AIANY WIA and Transportation and Infrastructure committees hosted an excellent and informative tour of Moynihan Train Hall, East End Gateway and LIRR Concourse and Amtrak’s Metropolitan Lounge. Our esteemed tour guides included: Adede Amenyah, Assoc. AIA, Designer, SOM; Alicia Chan, Senior Designer, SOM; Sasimanas (Fay) Hoonsuwan, Assoc. AIA, Senior Designer, SOM; Joyce Ignacio, AIA, Associate – Technical Architect, SOM; Andrew Lee, AIA, Canada Practice Lead and Senior Design Architect, SOM; and Kimberly Petredis, Senior Associate and Director of Residential Interiors, FXCollaborative. We appreciate all the time it took to plan the logistics of the tour route, so that everyone could learn about each of the tour guides’ roles contributing to the success of this project. We also want to give a shout out to Shirley Moy, AIA, Program Manager of Penn Station Projects at MTA Construction and Development, for coordinating with MTA/Amtrak and making this tour possible!

There are so many valuable takeaways, including the execution of technical details of the architectural components (skylights, column covers, railings etc); structural challenges; material finishes and installation; the story of the artwork in public spaces; wayfinding and signage and much more! We are absolutely thrilled to be celebrating so many talented women design leaders, alongside our talented male allies, in the completion of a major international public sector works project. Moynihan Train Hall is a beautiful project that uplifts the human experience, is inclusive, improves circulation, increases public engagement, and creates wonderful, welcoming spaces for respite and social interaction.

We are grateful for all who attended the tour. We hope to see you soon at our upcoming WIA and Transportation and Infrastructure events!