Garfield Station wins Greatest Impact Design Excellence Award

October 13, 2021

EXP’s recently completed Garfield Gateway Station renovation has been recognized with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Illinois’ Greatest Impact Design Excellence Award for Projects Over $5M.

The Garfield Station, built in 1892 for the World’s Columbian Exposition, is comprised of two stationhouses – one inactive (historic) and one active. This renovation creates a new iconic gateway to the Washington Park community in Chicago’s South Side with the restoration and repurposing of the original historic stationhouse as a community-based arts facility, and major renovation of the active station to benefit 475,000 riders, bicyclists and pedestrians in support of its ongoing revitalization.

The active station renovation included façade improvements, elevator/escalator enhancements, extended glazed platform canopies, as well as visually enhanced architectural features integrating site-specific art by renowned Chicago-based artist, Nick Cave.

“In this project, architecture is art and art is architecture. The two are blended to create an integrated and fully immersive experience. As a design/build project, the architect, artist, fabricator and constructor each brought their unique insight and expertise, but this level of execution required exceptional collaboration, dedication, passion and attention to detail. And thanks to CTA for their continued emphasis on providing their riders with functional, durable and artful facilities that enrich the experience of everyday commuters,” said Tom Hoepf, FAIA.

Learn more about Garfield Station here: CTA South Mainline Garfield Gateway Station Renovation