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Fulton Center Facts

  • The Fulton Center is projected to serve 300,000 customers daily, making it the busiest transit hub in Lower Manhattan
  • 85% of all Downtown Manhattan access trips are made by mass transit
  • The Fulton Center will be home to over 65,000 square feet of new retail and commercial space
  • There were over 350 unique terra cotta molds used for the restoration of the historic Corbin Building
  • The Sky Reflector-Net system has 952 uniquely shaped reflective panels that will help re-distribute natural light
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On Sunday, November 9, 2014, the MTA unveiled the Fulton Center, located at the crossroads of Lower Manhattan on Broadway between John and Fulton Streets. This fully digital and accessible transit and retail hub serves as New York City's next great public space and integrates architectural ingenuity that fuses history, art, and sustainable engineering.

Encased in a glass and steel shell, Fulton Center improves the commuter experience by providing seamless transfers for up to 300,000 daily passengers of the A Line C Line J Line Z Line 2 Line 3 Line 4 Line 5 Line and R Line lines and will improve access to PATH trains and the E Line and 1 Line lines when additional work by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is completed.

Prior to the Fulton Center project, passengers had to maneuver through a complicated series of ramps, stairs, and passageways to access their trains, with frequent bottlenecks at the busy 4 Line 5 Line to A Line C Line transfer point. Platform overcrowding and lack of ADA accessibility also made the complex difficult to navigate.

The Fulton Center features open direct paths, widened corridors, and new mezzanines to separate entering, exiting, and transferring customers.

This better distributes passengers, decreases overcrowding, and vastly reduces train loading and unloading delays, improving the overall customer experience. For a look at all the improvements click here.

While the Transit Center building exemplifies state-of-the-art architecture and design the adjacent Corbin Building, an 1889 structure that is listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places, is equally dedicated to historic preservation.

The extensive and complex restoration process to bring back the former grandeur of the Corbin Building included some of the following work: underpinning the building, mostly by hand, to shore up the structure; reconstructing the parapets on the roof of the building as well as repairing the roof itself; restoring elements of the interior of the building such as the main central staircase and the building’s windows; and installing two new escalators through the building’s basement to street level to connect passengers from the Dey Street Concourse. Over 350 uniquely molded terra cotta pieces were restored or replaced on the exterior façade recapturing the building's original coloration and significantly restoring the prominence of the architectural features much as they existed over a century ago.

In order to preserve the Corbin Building’s ornamental terra cotta tile façade, a natural mineral coating called Keim was applied. The Keim coating was color matched to bring out the vibrancy of the original palette, and also serves as weather proofing to protect against the elements and pollutants. The Corbin Building also employs a passive, animal friendly, ‘bird netting’ system that was strategically placed to prevent pigeons from roosting on the windows and damaging the terra cotta.

MTA Arts & Design commissioned Sky Reflector-Net, an artist/architect/engineer collaboration amongst James Carpenter Design Associates (JCDA), Grimshaw Architects and Arup to create an integrated-artwork that folds the presence of the sky deep into Fulton Center. Sky Reflector-Net, created though this merging of art, architecture and engineering, contains a total of 952 reflective panels attached to a delicate cable-net system suspended within Fulton Center's conical interior. Reminiscent of the surface of a soap bubble, it draws the eye upward to observe the rhythms of the sky, defining this newest civic space, that is destined to become the city's next "must see" attraction.

This work is also part of the Fulton Center's commitment to green technology. With the soon-to-be iconic oculus and cable netting system redirecting sunlight into the lowest levels of the building. Energy consumption will be reduced by 15 percent. The Fulton Center is anticipated to be LEED Silver certified.

MTA Arts for Transit and Urban Design commissions permanent art for installation in new and rehabilitated stations creating meaningful connections between sites, neighborhoods, and people. To learn more about the art, visit web.mta.info/art

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