a global metals distributor, fabricator, anodizer and finisher,
was an important player in the recently completed rebuild of the Harrison
PATH train station in Harrison, NJ.
Constructed in 1936, the original station featured a cramped design
and lacked accessibility for those with disabilities. The project goal
was to revive the train station to provide greater, easier access for
all travelers through a bright and modern architectural design.
The defining architectural characteristic of the new Harrison PATH
station comes from the large-scale, curving glass curtainwalls secured
via a series of vertical, horizontal, and diagonal columns and beams.
For the main vertical columns, the team at BAMCO Inc. selected SAF to
fabricate a series of intricate column covers that required them to
manufacture a litany of components with complex geometries.
The project included 8,900 square feet of more than 600 individual
metal panels and column cover components. The main, oversized vertical
columns at the front of the structure are encased in SAF’s M-2000 1/8”
aluminum column covers.
“At the time of the project, BAMCO had limited capabilities of roll
forming panels that exceeded 10’ lengths, so we needed to rely on a
company that was capable of fabricating the oversized columns for the
project,” said Ryan Kusmick, project manager at BAMCO Inc. “We have
worked with SAF in the past, and given the complex geometries of the
design, we wanted to go with a competent fabricator that we were
comfortable with. We didn’t want to give a project with this level of
difficulty to an unknown, first-time vendor.”
“We were proud to serve as a partner on a project of this size and
scope, and we know that our work enabled the architectural team to bring
their vision to life so that Harrison PATH can continue to serve train
passengers for decades to come,” added John McClatchey, vice president
of sales and marketing at SAF.
SAF had to carefully engineer the column covers for the train station
so they could accommodate various penetrations and cutouts that serve
as connection points for the intersecting beam structure. In addition,
the ground-floor portions of the column covers feature rails for
vertical sliding doors. This was yet another complexity to take into
consideration during 3D modeling and fabrication, one that needed to be
executed flawlessly to allow for the doors’ operation. The SAF column
covers are painted in a Fluropon Special White PVDF finish. Fluropon
coatings are long-lasting and maintain their color consistency, making
them ideal for exterior applications such as those for Harrison PATH.
“The Harrison PATH station was a difficult project in terms of
engineering and design. We scanned the as-built steel structure with the
help of Kennon Surveying Services, Inc., who laid out the point cloud
data. Microdesk then took this data and created the BIM model,” Kusmick
added. “That information was all unfolded and relayed to SAF, who
delivered on the design. We are very pleased with the outcome.”
The northeast and southeast station houses were completed and
officially opened at the end of 2019. Construction of the southwest and
northwest station houses is scheduled to commence in 2022.
In addition to SAF, the project team included contractor BAMCO Inc.;
land surveyor Kennon Surveying Services, Inc.; BIM modeling company
Microdesk; glazing contractor County Glass & Metal; engineering
professional services firm WSP; architects Dattner Architects; and the
Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PANYNJ).