NORFOLK SOUTHERN LOCOMOTIVE MAINTENANCE AND WELFARE BUILDING | Conway, PA
Owner Norfolk Southern Railway Company
Architect Urban Engineers
At one time, the Conway Yard was the busiest railway facility in the United States. Today, it may not be as busy as it once was, but Norfolk Southern still had a need for an updated maintenance facility as well as a new welfare and training facility. This was accomplished by designing a 42,000-square foot, three-bay, pre-engineered steel building for locomotive maintenance, with an attached 15,000 square foot, two-story conventional building for welfare offices and training rooms.
The new building was constructed in two phases due to it being immediately adjacent to the existing roundhouse building with its functioning turntable. The majority of the new building was constructed, then a portion of the roundhouse had to be demolished before the building could be completed.
Each of the three continuous bays in the maintenance building had a different pit wall design to allow various operations to be performed on the locomotives, making layout and placement of embedded anchors and pit construction extremely complicated since alignment for the rails was critical. All the layout, foundation, and concrete work was self-performed by Burchick forces.