Union Station is an architecturally historic depot located in the heart of Charlottesville. The site and its facilities serve two separate railroad freight lines; the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company and the Norfolk and Southern Railway Company, as well as Amtrak passenger use. Having fallen into disrepair over the years, the buildings and site have become uninviting to train riders, and a visual liability.
McKee Carson, in collaboration with Dalgliesh, Eichman, Gilpin and Paxton, Architects, of Charlottesville, designed an effective roadway, parking and walkway system for the site which centers around renovated train station buildings. Street tree plantings, period lighting and garden areas around the restored structures serve to complete the design. Future phases of the project will include development of a historic-based commercial space along the vacant Main Street frontage, structured parking facilities, and further refinement and expansion of the intermodal transportation component of the site.
McKee Carson's responsibilities included site analysis, site planning, engineering, and landscape architecture.