Wisconsin Department of Transportation

Milwaukee Station Train Shed

Milwaukee, WI

For many years, the existing Milwaukee Intermodal Station Passenger Train Concourse operated in a state of disrepair and was not in compliance with modern ADA standards. This required a high volume of passengers to pass through a poorly lit, deteriorating structure.

To transform the facility, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) enlisted Benesch, as part of a joint venture, to develop a design that fit Milwaukee’s long-term vision as a regional transportation hub.

This $22 million endeavor included ADA, technological and sustainable upgrades throughout the facility. Through extensive coordination with WisDOT, USDOT, Canadian Pacific Rail, Amtrak and the City of Milwaukee, the station was successfully reconstructed while all freight and passenger rail traffic operations were maintained.

Noteworthy project achievements included the reuse of existing timber foundations and successful use of existing track configurations during construction, thus avoiding costly relocations. In addition, hearing loop technology is featured through the station, enabling the hearing impaired with smart-enabled hearing aids and cochlear implants to clearly hear system announcements.

Additional project highlights include natural lighting via large skylights; a wind-driven ventilator; new structural mezzanine, escalators and elevators; nighttime lighting through column-mounted lights; platform lighting with spaced bollards; and pedestrian kiosks streaming live travel information.

The new, state-of-the-art multi-modal transportation facility now hosts nearly two dozen trains a day under the roof of a significantly improved, modernized and accessible structure.


Project highlights

  • ADA upgrades
  • Extensive stakeholder coordination
  • Safety and sustainability improvements
  • Hearing loop technology for the hearing impaired
  • Reuse of existing timber foundations
  • Use of existing track configurations during construction