Nearly 4,000 travelers each weekday have experienced a welcome revitalization of the historic Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) Farmingdale rail station. In recognition of this transformation, the Long Island Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) recently awarded Gannett Fleming with the Archi Award in the Historic Restoration/Adaptive Reuse category.
Built in 1890, the Farmingdale station is on the National Register of Historic Places. As part of the LIRR Enhanced Station Initiative program, the project team fully restored the building’s facade to its original brick architecture while adding new and innovative technology to increase rider comfort and connectivity.
The station’s restoration work and results include:
- Repairing, resurfacing, and painting exterior wood elements to capture and preserve the structure’s history and character, strengthening its status as a neighborhood landmark
- Replacing the existing nonhistorical interior with era-appropriate materials and design to restore its 19th-century charm
- Installing a new terrazzo floor, coffered wood ceiling, and tiled walls in the waiting room to complement the historical features and enhance functionality
- Adding USB charging stations, public Wi-Fi, bike racks, and high-efficiency lighting to meet the needs of today’s traveler
- Upgrading the restrooms, waiting room seating, and HVAC systems to improve passenger comfort
- Constructing digital wall displays, improved signage, and digital information kiosks to provide clear, seamless directions.
The result, as recognized by the AIA, is a station that now reflects the history and character of the community while significantly enhancing the overall transit experience.