Historic Santa Fe Depot Improvements

Ft. Madison, IA

Burlington Fire Department

Klingner & Associates assisted the City of Fort Madison in the process to rehabilitate their historic Santa Fe Train Depot in the downtown district so that it may once again be an operational passenger train station. Our firm was active in facilitating the design and coordination between the City, Amtrak, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, North Lee County Historical Society, and the Iowa Department of Transportation.

The project involves four phases (3/4 are completed). The first phase was to raise the three buildings in the complex by 4ft above the 500 year flood elevation of the Mississippi River and to construct new concrete foundations and flooring for the buildings. The raise proved to be successful, as the Depot was tested by high flood waters in 2014.

The second phase was a $650,000 project to raise and rebuild the Depot site so that the buildings could once again be in operation. Work included pavement removal, embankment, new concrete parking lot, concrete sidewalks, form-lined concrete retaining walls, drainage improvements, LED lighting, and other miscellaneous items.

The third phase was a $310,000 project to remodel the interior of the Depot building to accommodate an Amtrak station and ticket office. Work included rehabilitating with new bathrooms, terrazzo floors, lighting, HVAC system, and other items. The renovation was meticulously designed by Klingner to function as a new facility, while maintaining the historic ambiance of the facility.

The fourth and final phase of the project, which Klingner & Associates was hired to complete, is to construct the 1200sqft passenger platform along the tracks. This work will include the concrete platform, retaining walls, historic lighting, signage, and landscaping.