WASHINGTON — The new Moynihan Train Hall in New York City received the Grand Conceptor Award Tuesday night, representing the year’s most outstanding engineering effort.

Designed by Severud Associates of New York City, the project was named the best of 195 entries from the U.S. and the world at the annual black-tie Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA), held in Washington, D.C., and moderated by Emmy-awarding winning comedian and TV host Ross Shafer. The 55th annual EEA awards were held by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC).            

Almost 30 years after conception, the new Moynihan Train Hall now provides visitors with a breathtaking and sunlit arrival to New York City. The 255,000-square-foot hall expands Penn Station across Eighth Avenue into the landmarked James A. Farley Building, the city’s former main city Post Office. Highlights include a 30,000-square-foot main boarding concourse, formerly the mail sorting room, and a 92-foot-high arched skylight roof creatively supported by original but previously hidden giant 150-foot-long steel trusses. 

Other project enhancements include multiple new station entrances, an expanded West End Concourse, and the intermodal Midblock Hall. The project creates a majestic above ground, sun-filled entrance to New York while significantly improving access, interconnectivity, and the overall traveler experience.

“Sometimes, it is unnecessary to tear it all down to create something new,” said Linda Bauer Darr, president and CEO, ACEC, further stating the Moynihan project represents engineering problem-solving at its finest. “The Moynihan Train Hall project by Severud Associates breathed new life into a piece of New York City’s rich architectural history and designed a new gateway into the city that will awe and inspire well into the future.”

Other top 2022 EEA winners were (Grand Awards):

  • The Pavilion at Penn Medicine, Philadelphia, by HDR on behalf of PennFIRST
  • Hernando de Soto Bridge Emergency Repairs, Memphis, Tennessee, by Michael Baker International
  • Sofi Stadium, Inglewood, California, by Walter P Moore
  • Rainier Square, Seattle, by Magnusson Klemencic
  • Little Island at Hudson River Park, Manhattan, New York, by Arup, New York
  • Rodney Cook Sr. Park at Vine City, Atlanta, by Freese and Nichols, and HDR
  • Rockefeller Refuge Gulf Shoreline Restoration Project, Grand Chenier, Louisiana, by HDR
  • Lick Run Valley Conveyance System and Greenway, Cincinnati, Ohio, by Strand Associates
  • Middle Harbor, Long Beach, California, by Moffat & Nichol
  • Mid-Coast Trolley Extension Project, San Diego, WSP USA
  • International Gateway Bridge, Orange County, California, by WSP USA
  • Northgate Link Extension, Seattle, by McMillen Jacobs Associates
  • Mason Mega Rail Project, Garden City, Georgia, by Moffatt and Nichol
  • Climate Pledge Arena, Seattle, by Haley & Aldrich
  • Pettit Creek Lake Weir, Blaine County, Idaho, by HDR


For more information, visit www.acec.org.