Union Station/Kansas City Historic Structures Report and National Register Determination of Eligibility
Kansas City, MO

Robinson & Associates worked with historical architects to prepare a Historic Structures Report on the 1912 Kansas City Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri, designed by noted Chicago architect Jarvis Hunt. Through on-site photographic survey, extensive archival and photographic research, and review of original construction drawings and related correspondence, Robinson & Associates documented the history, design, and development of the station and its immediate environs. The final Historic Structures Report included an examination of the City Beautiful movement in Kansas City, the expansion of rail travel in the United States, the evaluation of zones for restoration, rehabilitation, and redesign, as well as further architectural analysis of existing conditions, design parameters for rehabilitation, materials conservation analysis, and recommendations for future programming options. Following completion of the Historic Structures Report, the firm was retained to prepare a National Register Determination of Eligibility Report to satisfy the requirements of a Section 106 Memorandum of Agreement for the surrounding rail yard structures. Subsequently, Robinson & Associates provided input into an interpretive exhibit on the history of the station.

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport Historic Documentation, Section 106 Review, NCPC Review, Environmental Assessment, and HAER Documentation

In preparation for a new terminal building at Washington National Airport, Robinson & Associates consulted with a team charged with creating a design compatible with the historic character of the existing 1941 Main Terminal. Firm members documented the construction history of the original Main Terminal, identified contributing elements and features, provided recommendations for new design and rehabilitation, and assisted the Authority in ushering the project through applicable preservation agency reviews. The project resulted in a successfully negotiated Section 106 Memorandum of Agreement and an Environmental Assessment with a finding of "no significant impact." As Section 106 mitigation, the firm also prepared Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) documentation and a National Register nomination on the 1941 Main Terminal and adjacent South Hangar Line. Robinson & Associates participated in subsequent projects for the Authority including the renovation of the original Presidential Suite and Post Office for Airport Operations Facilities use, the design of a new pedestrian tunnel between the 1941 Terminal and a parking garage, and the Interim Terminal reconversion to hangar use.

Pedestrian Walkback Airport and Temporary Mobile Lounge Docks and T-Gates at Washington Dulles International Airport
Chantilly, VA

With a goal of providing pedestrian access between the historic Main Terminal, designed by Eero Saarinen, and the midfield concourse at Washington Dulles International Airport, Robinson & Associates acted as historic consultants to an architect/engineering project team – providing historic documentation to support decision-making, providing recommendations for a historically compatible set of design solutions for new construction, and supporting the historic review process under Section 106 of the National Preservation Act. The project required a comprehensive understanding of Saarinen’s design, including his control of location, dimensions, materials, and color quality of all building elements at the airport. Under tight space constraints, passenger flow, baggage handling, vertical circulation and moving walkways, holdrooms, directional signage, and other functional requirements were balanced against historical considerations such as retention of the terminal’s historic character and historic materials. Permanent and temporary construction phases were carefully evaluated for purposes of a Section 106 Memorandum of Agreement for the project.