Archaeologists and Historians Provide Expertise for New Fulton Street Transit Center

New Fulton Street Transit Center


New Fulton Street Transit Center


New York City


MTA New York City Transit



AKRF, with its subconsultants URS, Building Conservation Associates, and Robert Silman Associates, served as the Cultural Resources Management (CRM) Team for construction of Lower Manhattan's new Fulton Transit Center, which incorporates the historic Corbin Building at 192 Broadway. 

Opened by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in November 2014, the new transit hub links five stations serving nine subway lines and features a grand steel atrium topped with a 53-foot-diameter glass oculus, as well as improved transfers and accessibility for passengers.

The AKRF CRM Team ensured that the requirements of the project's Section 106 Programmatic Agreement were met with respect to the treatment of archaeological resources and historic built properties. We attended the project's Section 106 design meetings, consulted with the New York State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), reviewed proposed designs, and provided recommendations regarding proposed alterations to historic properties.

The CRM Team prepared the Cultural Resources Management Plan (CRMP) for the project's construction contracts, and reviewed contract specifications and contractor submittals. We also reviewed conformance with the project's Construction Environmental Protection Plan (CEPP) and contract specifications, which included measures for protecting and monitoring historic buildings within 90 feet of construction activities.

Built in 1889, the Corbin Building received structural support, renovation, and restoration to its interior and exterior as part of the project. This included provision of a new street level entrance through the building and construction of escalators which link to the new transit center. The building's brick and terra cotta facade was cleaned and restored. 

The AKRF CRM Team assisted the MTA in its preparation of tenant guidelines for the Corbin Building, and continues to provide guidance regarding the appropriate fit out of the historic building.

Cultural Resources Overview